On Monday Belgian coach Rudy De Bie announced his selection for the world cup round held next Saturday in Koksijde. There are eight riders representing Belgium instead of the usual eight due to the injury to Niels Albert; the rider leading the world cup series cannot be replaced. Albert was recently released from hospital and won't be back on the bike for at least four weeks. Dieter Vanthourenhout, who replaced Erwin Vervecken in the previous round, now finds himself a reserve.
Belgian selection for Koksijde
Elite men: Sven Nys, Bart Wellens, Kevin Pauwels, Bart Aernout, Erwin Vervecken, Sven Vanthourenhout, Klaas Vantornout, Rob Peeters. Reserves: Jan Soetens and Dieter Vanthourenhout
Women: Sanne Cannot, Veerle Ingels, Joyce Vander Beken, Loes Sels, Patsy Larno, Katrien Pauwels, Anne Arnouts, Nicolle De Bie-Leyte. Reserves: Nancy Bober, Gertie Willems.