One of the most awaited days by all two-wheel enthusiasts is approaching, on Sunday 3 April the 106th edition of the Tour of Flanders will take place. Second Classic Monument of the year, it will offer as always the extraordinary spectacle of the streets and walls of Belgium.
The latest Italian success at the Ronde is by Alberto Bettiol, with the splendid attack 18 km from the finish, in the last passage on the Vecchio Kwaremont. This year, according to a startlist that is still being defined, the Azzurri at the start should be 12, more than last year, but still few compared to the numbers that our nation was able to do even just five seasons ago.
Few arrows to win the blue bow, with Matteo Trentin who seems to be the only one to start with some realistic ambitions. The latest outings of the 32-year-old from Borgo Valsugana weren’t exactly brilliant, but his great experience and victory a month ago at Le Samyn can give us hope . The captain of the UAE will be Tadej Pogacar, who at Dwars Door Vlaanderen has shown that he is not afraid of the routes of the Northern classics and who, in light of the latest news on Wout Van Aert’s poor health, could rise further in the bag of favorites, but Trentin is one who can read racing and could find the right moment to look for an important action.
It is difficult to find other riders who can realistically compete for a good placement, especially given the suboptimal conditions of Gianni Moscon and the aforementioned Alberto Bettiol. The forced absence of Sonny Colbrelli weighs heavily on this, potentially very suitable for this type of racing, but obviously stopped due to heart problems encountered at the Volta a Catalunya. Below is the complete list of Italians present in the provisional startlist, team by team:
INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY GOBERT – MATERIAUX
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE JAYCO
UAE EMIRATES TEAM
EF EDUCATION – EASYPOST
B&B HOTELS – KTM