W24News – EN – Tour of Flanders – A 104th edition open to sport but closed to the public

(Belga) The 104th edition of the Tour of Flanders, an unmissable sporting event which attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators every year, will be exceptionally closed to the public on coastlines and paved areas on Sunday The race promises to be open Many are the candidates to succeed the Italian Alberto Bettiol

As every year, it is a strong guy who will raise his arms at the ‘Ronde’ This 2020 edition, postponed from spring to autumn due to the coronavirus pandemic, will not escape it The route is a little shorter than usual with 243.3 kilometers between Antwerp and Oudenaarde but presents most of the usual difficulties, except the Mur de Grammont The final sequence of Vieux Quaremont-Paterberg should once again be decisive, the finish line being placed 13 kilometers from the top of the latter. The two biggest favorites to win are named Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) Outgoing winner, the Italian Bettiol showed he was in good shape, as evidenced by his 4th place in Ghent-Wevelgem last Sunday He will form a formidable duo with Sep Vanmarcke within the EF Pro Cycling team Julian Alaphilippe will be at the start of his first ‘Ronde’ The Frenchman will wear his rainbow jersey and will be the leader of an Elegant-Quick Step team which will have many other assets up its sleeve with Yves Lampaert, Kasper Asgreen, 2nd in 2019, Florian Sénéchal and Zdenek Stybar The Frenchman could become the sixth to win with the rainbow jersey, notably succeeding Eddy Merckx and Peter Sagan Other riders will be to watch with the tandem Tim Wellens – John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal), Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) or even Mads Pedersen (Sunweb), winner of Gand-Wevelgem, Matteo Trentin (CCC) and Stefan Küng ( Groupama – FDJ) Besides Bettiol, two former winners will be at the start with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Emirates) and Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) will not be in the game The Belgian has yet to fully recover from his heavy fall in Liège-Bastogne-Liège on October 4 (Belga)

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W24News – FR – Tour of Flanders – A 104th edition open for sport but closed to the public

Source: https://www.rtl.be/sport/tous-les-sports/velo/tour-des-flandres-une-104e-edition-ouverte-sportivement-mais-fermee-au-public-1252376.aspx

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