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Strade Bianche 2022: the favorites. Julian Alaphilippe challenges Tadej Pogacar, watch out for Thomas Pidcock


The month of March has opened, a fundamental period for great road cycling: in fact, the appointment with the classics opens. We begin with the Strade Bianche : Saturday appointment on the Tuscan dirt road in a race that is certainly worth a monument due to its spectacular nature.

The absolute favorite , given the latest releases, can only be Tadej Pogacar . A pure climber who starts ahead of everyone in a similar race? With the Slovenian by now we should not be surprised at anything: in the past season he has already shown that he can better manage the path that leads to Siena and he seems ready for the coup. The UAE rider Emirates has shown right on the home roads of his team that he is already in top condition.

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Challenging him is the reigning world champion, Julian Alaphilippe . First in 2019, second in last season behind van der Poel: the transalpine has always shown that he is at ease on this treacherous path. There is a Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team that will certainly be able to head up to favor him.

Third inconvenience one who knows dirt roads: the cyclocross world champion, dominator of the off- road season, Thomas Pidcock . The British in 2021 settled in the top-5, unfortunately he is not in top condition after a winter full of races, but he can take advantage of his qualities to do well on the Strade Bianche.