FIANDRE 2022. WHO CAN BEAT VAN DER POEL? THE DEPARTURES

To do a prediction on a Tour of Flanders upset by Covid and various injuries it is not easy and the only certainty, once again, is in the superiority of the Jumbo-Visma which, after the surrender of Van Aert for Covid, handed over the rank of captain to Laporte and Benoot. Two captains who will not be the favorites anyway: this role belongs to Mathieu van der Poel, the eternal rival of the Flemish. Despite an atypical and improvised preparation, the Alpecin Fenix ​​captain made a seasonal debut that would be the envy of anyone, finishing in third place in the Milan-Sanremo, a race that above all does not exalt him, and then winning the Montecatini fraction of the Coppi & Bartali. He then returned to Flanders and made him the Dwars door Vlaanderen. Van der Poel says he is fine but that he is not yet in top form, news also confirmed by his sporting director Christoph Roodhooft.

But if Jumbo-Visma are the strongest team, Alpecin-Fenix ​​also need not fear, thanks to Michael Gogl, Jasper Philipsen, Gianni Vermeersch and Silvan Dillier. Van der Poel, who won the Ronde in 2020, will not find his rival Van Aert this time and this could change the strategy underway.

Looking back at the last few weeks, Christophe Laporte he was one of the best in the race and has all the credentials to win a great Classic. We must not forget that last year he was part of the group with him, Sep Vanmarcke and Van Aert, who raced for fifth place.

Also Tiesj Benoot, he can have his say but will have to hope for a final to his advantage. Cannot be excluded from the favorites list Tadej Pogačar, that on his debut at the Tour of Flanders, has all the credentials to win. The Slovenian has won almost all the races in which he has participated, but racing in Flanders is quite another thing and you have to be well prepared to race on this cobblestone, even if he certainly does not lack talent.

La Ronde is a very selective race and this is certainly an advantage for riders like Pogačar and Van der Poel and therefore in the 2022 edition of Flanders, the final duel could be reserved only for them. Fortunately, Pogačar will be able to count on some experienced Flemish racing teammates such as Matteo Trentinwhich could also give a good result, but the race will decide everything.

Although initially it seemed the worst team, all in all even the decimated Quick-Step AlphaVinyl could do well and will focus on Kasper Asgreen, the man who won the Tour of Flanders last year. The Dane finished third at Strade Bianche and we also saw him at E3 and Gent-Wevelgem in the most important moments.

There is also in the wolf pack Yves Lampaert he too returned after physical problems, but he thinks more about Paris-Roubaix than the Flemish Classic. Florian Sénéchal will also be there, but he was unlucky and crashed at Gent-Wevelgem, but who will be able to count on the expert Zdeněk Štybar.

If Van der Poel and Pogačar will be the most dangerous runners, we cannot exclude them from the list of favorites Stefan Küng And Matej Mohorič. The Swiss who runs with the colors of the Groupama-FDJ finished third in E3 and in the Dwars Door Vlaanderen finished sixth, these encouraging results that can keep his spirits high in the race.

We saw Mohorič in Sanremo, he is the man of surprises and could become the first rider after Eddy Merckx, to win the Milan-Sanremo and the Giro delle Fiandre in the same year. The Flemish completed his feat in 1975 and the Slovenian could write a new page in cycling this season.

Arriving at Trek-Segafredo we find Mads Pedersen and Jasper Stuyven as potential winners. Pedersen has been preparing for the Tour of Flanders for several months and has shown that he has the skills for a feat like this. We must not forget that in 2018, at 22, he finished second in Oudenaard.

As for Stuyven, everyone in Belgium would be happy to see him win, but he too had a stomach flu and the results were not what they had hoped for. With Dylan van Baarle (INEOS Grenadiers) e Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies), we find two other runners who could do well in this race. The Dutchman may not appear to be at the top as he was last year, but he was one of the best riders at the E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem. We have seen Turgis reach second place in the Milan-Sanremo and if he wants to win he must hope for a sprint, or anticipate his opponents.

Also Tom Pidcock he did not escape flu in mid-March, but in the last week he has given excellent signals. The British cyclocross world champion and Olympic mountain bike champion tested himself at Gent-Wevelgem but without great results and then at Dwars Door Vlaanderen finished third.

For the BikeExchange-Jayco there will be Michael Matthews, who will return after having also retired at the Tour of Catalonia, while the winner of Flanders 2019, Alberto Bettiol, will return to wearing captain’s degrees for the EF Education-EasyPost. Do not forget that in BORA-Hansgrohe, there will be Nils Politt, a rider who can do a lot if he wants to.

Then there is the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert which will have to do without the winner of the Gent-Wevelgem Biniam Girmay, but which will have a good chance with Alexander Kristoffwho won this race in 2015. The Norwegian team will find the help of Andrea Pasqualon, Adrien Petit and Taco van der Hoorn.

That other Belgian team that will try to do well is Lotto Soudal, who desperately need to score points to avoid relegation. Lelangue’s team will be at the start with Victor Campenaerts, who proved to have a good level, finishing fifth at Omloop, sixth at Le Samyn and fourth at Dwars Door Vlaanderen. In addition, there will also be Tim Wellens and Brent Van Moer, without forgetting Florian Vermeersch, according to the 2021 Roubaix, this year he fell at Dwars Door Vlaanderen and could still carry the after-effects of the fall. Finally, also pay attention to Niki Terpstra of TotalEnergies e John Degenkolb of the DSM Team, with Oliver Naesen And Greg Van Avermaet of the AG2r Citroën.

THE DEPARTURES

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 ASGREEN Kasper
2 LAMPAERT Yves
3 DECLERCQ Tim
4 STEIMLE Jannik
5 SÉNÉCHAL Florian
6 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk
7 VAN LERBERGHE Bert

Jumbo-Visma
11 VAN DIJKE Mick
12 BENOOT Tiesj
13 LAPORTE Christophe
14 RELATED Edoardo
15 TEUNISSEN Mike
16 ROOSEN Thyme
17 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan

Lotto Soudal
21 CAMPENAERTS Victor
22 BEULLENS Cedric
23 WELLENS Tim
24 KLUGE Roger
25 GRIGNARD Sébastien
26 VAN MOER Brent
27 VERMEERSCH Florian

Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux
31 KRISTOFF Alexander
32 DEVRIENDT Tom
33 VAN POPPEL Boy
34 DE GENDT Aimé
35 PASQUALON Andrea
36 PETIT Adrien
37 VAN DER HOORN Taco

AG2R Citroën Team
41 VAN AVERMAET Greg
42 NAESEN Oliver
43 JUNGELS Bob
44 DEWULF Stan
45 SCHÄR Michael
46 TOUZÉ Damien
47 VAN HOECKE Gijs

EF Education-EasyPost
51 BETTIOL Alberto
52 KEUKELEIRE Jens
53 SCULLY Tom
54 VALGREN Michael
55 LANGEVELD Sebastian
56 RUTSCH Jonas
57 WIŚNIOWSKI Łukasz

Trek – Segafredo
61 STUYVEN Jasper
62 THEUNS Edward
63 PEDERSEN Mads
64 KIRSCH Alex
65 HOOLE Daan
66 SKUJIŅŠ Toms
67 VERGAERDE Otto

Alpecin-Fenix
81 VAN DER POEL Mathieu
82 VERMEERSCH Gianni
83 GOGL Michael
84 DILLIER Silvan
85 MEURISSE Xandro
86 RIESEBEEK Oscar
87 WORM Julien

UAE Team Emirates
91 POGAČAR Tadej
92 OLIVEIRA Rui
93 BRUNEL Alexys
94 SLUT Oliviero
95 GROß Felix
96 LAENGEN Vegard Stake
97 TRENTIN Matthew

TotalEnergies
101 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
102 SOUPE Geoffrey
103 BODNAR Maciej
104 OSS Daniel
105 TERPSTRA Niki
106 TURGIS Anthony
107 DUJARDIN Sandy

INEOS Grenadiers
111 PIDCOCK Thomas
112 HEIDUK Kim
113 NARVÁEZ Jhonatan
114 TURNER Ben
115 SHEFFIELD Magnus
116 SWIFT Ben
117 VAN BAARLE Dylan

BikeExchange Team – Jayco
121 MATTHEWS Michael
122 EDMONDSON Alex
123 SMITH Dion
124 DURBRIDGE Luke
125 STEWART Campbell
126 BEWLEY Sam
127 O’BRIEN Kelland

Astana Qazaqstan Team
131 MOSCON Gianni
132 BASSO Leonardo
133 BOARO Manuel
134 FEDOROV Yevgeniy
135 GAZZOLI Michele
136 MARTINELLI David
137 ZAKHAROV Artyom

Bahrain – Victorious
141 HAUSSLER Heinrich
142 MACIEJUK Filip
143 TRATNIK Jan
144 MOHORIČ Matej
145 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
146 TEUNS Dylan
147 WRIGHT Fred

BORA – hansgrohe
151 POLITT Nils
152 KOCH Jonas
153 HALLER Marco
154 MEEUS Jordi
155 MULLEN Ryan
156 LAAS Martin
157 VAN POPPEL Danny

Cofidis
161 ALLEGAERT Piet
162 BOHLI Tom
163 KREDER Wesley
164 ARMÉE Sander
165 SAJNOK Szymon
166 VANBILSEN Kenneth
167 WALLAYS Jelle

Groupama – FDJ
171 KÜNG Stefan
172 ASKEY Lewis
173 GENIETS Kevin
174 THE GAC Olivier
175 LIENHARD Fabian
176 LUDVIGSSON Tobias
177 MADOUAS Valentin

Movistar Team
181 ARANBURU Alex
182 ERVITI Imanol
183 GARCÍA CORTINA Iván
184 JACOBS Johan
185 NORSGAARD ​​Mathias
186 KANTER Max
187 HAPPY Iñigo

DSM team
191 DEGENKOLB John
192 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren
193 ARNDT Nikias
194 MÄRKL Niklas
195 NIEUWENHUIS Joris
197 VERMAERKE Kevin

B&B Hotels – KTM
201 GOUGEARD Alexis
202 JAUREGUI Quentin
203 KORETZKY Victor
204 WARLOP Jordi
205 LEMOINE Cyril
206 MOZZATO Luca
207 MORICE Julien

Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
211 DUPONT Timothy
212 PAASSCHENS Mathijs
213 LIVYNS Arjen
214 ANIOŁKOWSKI Stanisław
215 LAUK Karl Patrick
216 ROBEET Ludovic
217 WIRTGEN Tom

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise
221 MERTENS Julian
222 BRAET Vito
223 DE PESTEL Sander
224 DE VYLDER Lindsay
225 GHYS Robbe
226 MARIT Arne
227 VAN ROOY Kenneth

Team Arkéa Samsic
231 CAPIOT Amaury
232 NOPPE Christophe
233 LOUVEL Matis
234 PAJUR Markus
235 LEDANOIS Kévin
236 RUSSIAN Clément
237 SWIFT Connor

Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
241 HALVORSEN Kristoffer
242 JOHANNESSEN Tobias Halland
243 LEVY William Blume
244 RESELL Erik Nordsæter
245 SKAARSETH Anders
246 WÆRENSKJOLD Søren
248 TILLER Rasmus

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