Doull reckons the importance of building race knowledge and tapping into the experience of senior pros holds the key to success in the classics, which is something he and Dibben have received plenty of support with.
He explained: “It’s about how you piece together the roads, for example the Taaienberg - you can come at that from three different ways, and doing the U23 edition you only race it from one direction, then at E3 Harelbeke we raced it the other way and now we’ll come at it from another way entirely.
“Someone like Christian Knees who has done Flanders eight times is vital to the team. We’ve got a fairly young team with myself, Jon and Gianni [Moscon] but then we’ve got some older guys who have been at the front in the classics.
“Throughout the recons, Kneesy will ride up to you and point out an important section and [Luke] Rowe will show you where there’s usually a crash.”
Dibben chipped in: “What’s so important about these races is not just knowing the climbs and cobbled sections, but the random road, or a little lane or left-hander which someone like Rowe or Knees will point out ‘this will be a key section in the race’.”