Cycling – Strade Bianche – Top show and very hot at Strade Bianche

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The great classic racers are present with the promise of a great show, this Saturday, on the white roads of Tuscany crushed by the sun, where Julian Alaphilippe defends his title (from 3.10 p.m. on the site and the channel L ‘ Team). The season for classic runners is like the road ahead: white. Before the interruption of cycling activity, mid-March, only the Het Nieuwsblad could have stood (1st Jasper Stuyven), which makes Tiesj Benoot say that “Impatience is like that which precedes the opening weekend (in Belgium) » at the end of winter. Except that it will be up to 38 degrees on this first day of August, in Tuscany, a factor that will add to the difficulty of this recovery even if the most important, in these troubled times, is the body temperature of the runners and their environment … see also Alaphilippe will know Julian Alaphilippe, is in “Good condition but without having the form of last year”. He defends his title against a large number of “classicmen” since the Strade Bianche have the particularity of bringing together “Flandriens” and “Ardennes”. The former are attracted by the eleven sections of white roads (63 km in total), the others by climbs “Sometimes devilish”, notes Benoot, winner in 2018. ” I’m ready “, considers Wout Van Aert (3rd in 2018 and 2019), specifying that in training, since June, “(he) just think about it “. Naturally, the Belgians are in force with Philippe Gilbert, Oliver Naesen who discovers “A race that doesn’t lie”, according to the formula of Greg Van Avermaet, an old regular for ten years (2nd in 2015 and 2017). Mathieu Van der Poel has, without doubt, very seriously prepared his case. Jakob Fuglsang came close to victory in 2019 (2nd behind Alaphilippe). Peter Sagan has never won on the heights of Siena (2nd in 2013 and 2014), just like Vincenzo Nibali placed before one of the last challenges of his career, at 35 years old. The young Tadej Pogacar is in the game. In the prize list, Michal Kwiatkowski (winner in 2014 and 2017) is the only rider who can, this Saturday, equal Fabian Cancellara, record holder of the successes of an event born “only” in 2007, but whose particularities give him prestige close to that of the classics, even equal to some of them. Even if its mileage (184 km) is far below the standard for big day races. But for a recovery in full dodger, in the dust, that will be more than enough … From 3:10 p.m. on the site and the L’Équipe channel

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