The Tour of Flanders 2022 is practically here . Sunday will be the second classic monument of the season, with a trembling expectation to find out who will be the successor of Kasper Asgreen in the roll of honor. A day and a half before the start, the favorite for bookmakers is the Dutch phenomenon Mathieu van der Poel.
Returning to the races in the last Milan-Sanremo, the Alpecin-Fenix rider immediately proved to his detractors that the rust on his mechanisms is practically absent: within a week he gave a show both in the Montecatini stage of the Coppi & Bartali Week and at the Dwars Door Vlaanderen. The odds on him fluctuate between 2.50 and 3.00.
In second place, on the other hand, is Kasper Asgreen: with the absence of Julian Alaphilippe , the Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl will be compact in launching the Dane, who in recent weeks has snatched important placings such as third place at the Strade Bianche. His name is worth between five and six times the stake, a share very similar to that of Tadej Pogacar who didn’t find too much last Sunday.
There will be no Wout van Aert: the winner of the E3 Saxo Bank Classic tested positive at Covid and therefore will not be able to be of the match. A waiver that could leave room for team mate Christophe Laporte (7.50-8.00), who also appeared in great shape at the start of the season. All the others at least in double figures, with Tom Pidcock the closest (12.00-15-00); far away are the Italians, with Matteo Trentin and Alberto Bettiol who oscillate between 81.00 and 151.00.