The second edition of the Belgian race takes place this Saturday.

Mark Cavendish will return to action for the first time since racking up four stage wins, including his 150th pro victory, at the Tour of Turkey. The Manxman will pin on a number for the Grote Prijs Vermarc, a criterium that will be held Saturday afternoon, on a 15.4km course around Wezemaal, for a total distance of 164 kilometers.

Winner of the inaugural edition last July, when he soloed to victory after attacking on the last hill of the race, Florian Sénéchal will also be on the start line, together with Alvaro Hodeg, Stijn Steels and Bert Van Lerberghe.

“In 2020, this was our first race after the lockdown, so we have quite a lot of nice memories from it. It’s also an event organised by one of our sponsors, Vermarc, which motivates us even more to go for a good result. It’s not an undemanding race and it won’t be easy to control, but we are confident, as we have different cards to play”, said Deceuninck – Quick-Step sports director Wilfried Peeters.

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