Stage 6 of Tour de Suisse coincided with the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Ahead of the stage, Cyclingnews spoke with a variety of riders at the start line for an insight into who they will be supporting, and who they think will win in Russia over the next four weeks.
Julien Vermote (Dimension Data), Belgium – supporting Belgium
Will you be supporting Belgium in the World Cup?
“Of course, I hope they will have a good tournament. Everyone in Belgium will be hoping they win the World Cup, but it’s not so easy.
“It would be nice if Belgium could win it. It would be amazing for the country, but first we have to get to final. We have a strong team there, I’m looking forward to it actually.”
Koen de Kort (Trek-Segafredo), Netherlands – supporting Australia (he thinks)
“I will be following it even though my country is not in it. I know the football a little bit in Australia, I follow it in the off-season when I’m there, obviously. I think they’ll be the team I’m going to support.
Who do you think will win?
Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Germany – supporting Germany
Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott), Australia – supporting a good time
Owain Doull (Team Sky), Wales – supporting England begrudgingly
Chris Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott), Denmark – supporting Denmark
Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Belgium – supporting Belgium
Pavel Sivakov (Team Sky), Russia/France – supporting France
Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Germany – supporting Germany
Ian Stannard (Team Sky), England – supporting no one
Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac), Belgium – supporting no one
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), Italy – supporting Spain
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