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Strade Bianche 2022, outsiders and possible surprises: Alessandro Covi tries, keep an eye on Bilbao and Fuglsang


Two favorites above all, Tadej Pogacar and Julian Alaphilippe, a possible antagonist, Thomas Pidcock, and many possible outsiders ready to amaze. Will the predictions of Saturday’s eve at the Strade Bianche be respected or will they be overturned, with some surprises that will come out?

He will not be the captain of the UAE Emirates, but with a team so fit and with an amazing condition for him, definitely keep an eye on Alessandro Covi . The young blue proved to be strong and, with a tactical scheme different from the one foreseen, he could take over the reins of the race, who on the dirt track came close to success in the stage of the Giro last year.

Strade Bianche 2022: route and elevation. The length of all the dirt tracks

Skilled on these roads are Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious) and Jakob Fulgsang (Israel – Premier Tech). The Iberian is already in super form (third in the UAE Tour) and last year he hit the top-10, while at the beginning of 2022 he disengaged well in Antenas del Maigmó on the off-road. The Danish veteran three times placed himself in the top ten in this race, with the pearl of the second place in 2019.

Names not to be underestimated are also those of Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange – Jayco), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers), perhaps not very accredited in terms of victory, but certainly ready to play something important.