Wout van Aert is a newcomer between Leuven and Overijse, but he regularly tackles the Brabantse Pijl slopes during training. 10 days ago he finished sixth in the Flanders race: is there still enough broth in his legs to outrun the gold race Amstel today and Sunday?
Michael Matthews and the Classics, This is an odd marriage. The Australian collects places of honor, but that outside is missing. There is definitely no shortage of regularity in Brabantse Pijl: 2nd place in 2014, 2nd in 2015, 5th in 2016, 11th place in 2017 and 4th place in 2019.
On the second seat we find Greg Van Avermaet, for whom this course should be a piece of cake. Will he continue his streak tour of Flanders, where he finished third?
Tom Pidcock hasn’t yet drawn a line under his spring and can discover if Hill’s classics suit him (even) better than Flemish work.
Powerful and fast, this mix can also be affixed to Christophe Laporte. The Frenchman from Cuvidis took second place in Douars Bab Flanders in recent weeks and 11th place on the Flanders Tour.
With Leuven as starting point, Leuven’s Jasper Stoevin would of course be very enthusiastic. Does he add some strength to his World Cup nomination, which is also related to this path?
In Bahrain-Victorious they can craft multiple plans. Dylan Teuns takes care of the offensive action, and Sonny Colbrelli – the winner in 2017 – can save himself for the sprint.
As Julian Alavelippi sends his cat, brilliant man Mikel Honoré may gain confidence in Deceuninck-Quick Step.
The last name is one that we have seen consistently on the top 10 banners in recent weeks. Anthony Turgis was almost indispensable in the first group.