Flanders Tour 2019: Spanish, favorites and absences

The second Monument of 2019 begins this Sunday, April 7 at 10:15 in the morning. Valverde will be the great Spanish trick against rivals like Sagan, Van der Poel or Van Avermaet.


La 103ª edition of the Tour de Flandes will be held this Sunday, April 7 from 10:15 in the morning. The runners will have to face the very hard 267 kilometers of route of the second Monument of the season, where the walls and the sections of pavés will be the main protagonists. Undoubtedly, one of the great attractions will be watching the debut of Alejandro Valverde in this classic with his rainbow jersey, but who are the top favorites to win this year? We review below.

Peter Sagan

The Slovak is still in search of a great victory that will resist him this season. And it is that the bad luck in some occasions and the management of the sprint in other moments they have deprived Sagan to shine in which goes of course, beyond to win in the third stage of the Tour Down Under (unique triumph in 2019). Thus, the leader of the whole Bora Hansgrohe arrives hungry at this event, of which he is a true specialist with victories on the cobblestones of such caliber as the Paris-Roubaix, to repeat his triumph of 2016.

Mathieu Van der Poel

The champion Cyclocross world reaches its first monument full of moral and in a state of sensational form. And it is that the Dutch was awarded the Through Flanders last Wednesday with a crushing superiority in the final sprint against runners of the likes of Bob Jungels or Tiesj Benoot. Being a career specialist in this profile, it will be nothing easy to beat Van der Poel in the walls or in the demanding sections of pavés.

Philippe Gilbert

The Belgian, despite not having that spark of a few years ago that led him to achieve great deeds like world gold, is going through a good been in shape at the beginning of the season. His preparation is aimed at these great classics and the podio at Paris-Nice, where he was second behind Bernal, endorses him. The Belgian runs at home and on his home, where he already won in 2016. The QuickStep, dominating team of the classics par excellence, will be arranging him.

Greg van Avermaet

The Belgian will be the leader and the main trick of the set CCC. Van Avermaet arrives without great triumphs in the classics that have been disputed to date, but the regularity of the Belgian is practically a life insurance. It has only achieved a triumph in 2019 (stage 3 of the Tour of the Valencian Community), although in the races of One day he practically did not get out of the top-10: he was 2th in Omloop, 6th in Strade Bianche, and 3rd in E3. In San Remo and Ghent he was not with the best, but Van Avermaet aspires to add another Monument to his winners after the Paris-Roubaix of 2017.

Zdenek Stybar

Because the star team and QuickStep domain were few in the classics, Stybar will be another leader of the team I'm next to his partner Gilbert. The Czech is one of the classics that has shone so far this season: victorias in Omloop and E3, in addition to good performances in Strade Bianche (4th) and Tour of the Algarve (triumph in stage 5). After two podiums in Paris-Roubaix, it seems that Stybar has taken a step further in his performance with his successes of 2019 and Flanders could be his first Monument.

Spanish

Alejandro Valverde will be the great Spanish trick for the Tour de Flandes 2019. set Movistar will present a solid block to support its leader with experienced Spaniards such as Imanol Erviti and Lluís Mas. On the part of the Bahrain Mérida team will be Iván García Cortina, a runner who is especially motivated by this type of racing and who comes to sign a more than respectable 16th position in Through Flanders.

Other favorites

Names like those of Wout Van Aert, Niki Terpstra (defends the title of 2018), Alexander Kristoff, Tiesj Benoot, John Degenkolb or Olivier Naessen also stand out among the broad of favorites who can initialize their name in gold letters in Flanders.

A Uses

Among the casualties confirmed so far stands out that of Geraint Thomas. The British has decided not to include this type of races in his calendar in 2019 in order to avoid falls that hurt him in his preparation to Tour de France, where will defend title.



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