With the Flanders Runour, Belgium celebrates its unofficial national holiday today. For the first time since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, a large number of spectators will be at the track. German drivers can reach a place in the top ten at optimal course.
The route: After starting Antwerp, it’s over 272.5 kilometers to the Oudenaarde. The first part of the race is used for rolling, only from the first passage through Oudenaarde it goes to the cobblestone climbing to the point. The grand finale is expected as always at the combination of Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, after which there are a little more than ten kilometers down to the finish. Made Neuschnee on Friday to create the team’s team in the route tour, so it should be cool and dry on Sunday.
The favorites : The biggest question mark stood behind Wout van Aert. On Friday night, his team informed Jumbo-Visa that the classic dominator of this year was Coronapositive and therefore fails. Thus, Mathieu van der Poel slipped on the favorite position of the race he already won 2020. In addition, you must have previous year’s winner Kasper Asgreen from Denmark on the note. And of course Tadej Pogacar. The Slovene allegedly only drives in Flanders to prepare for the cobblestone patch of the Tour de France. But his idea on Wednesday at transversely through Flanders showed that he wants to ride around the victory.
The German drivers: John Degenkolb and Nils Polit are the two big German names at the start. Especially after Politt fifth place at transversely through Flanders, a place under the best ten seems possible, maybe a little more. Degenkolb, who had to leave Milan-Sanremo sick, certainly does not yet have the form of Polit. Anyhin did the duo on Paris-Roubaix, which takes place in two weeks.