German ProTour team, Milram have announced their squad for the upcoming Belgian semi-classic, Le Samyn. The young squad has an average age of just 23.
"The spring one-day races are very educational for the young riders, because you never know how the weather and the course are going to affect the race," said sports director Jochen Hahn. "On a good day, one of our youngsters can surely provide a surprise. But the main point is for our young pros to get some experience and develop themselves further."
The team will be led by Dennis Haueisen, who, at 29, is by far the eldest in the line-up. He will be joined by fellow Germans Artur Gajek (22), Dominik Roels (21), and Christian Kux (22). Also on the squad are the Italian Luca Barla (20), the two Slovaks Matej Jurco (23) and Martin Velits (23), as well as the Ukranian Volodymyr Diudia (25).
The race, originally named the Grand Prix Fayt-le-Franc, was first won in 1968, by Frenchman Jose Samyn. After his death, the Belgian race was renamed the Memorial Jose Samyn in 1969.
Milram for Le Samyn: Dennis Haueisen (Ger), Dominik Roels (Ger), Artur Gajek (Ger), Christian Kux (Ger), Martin Velits (Svk), Matej Jurco (Svk), Volodymyr Diudia (Ukr), Luca Barla (Ita).