Ghent Wevelgem 2022, the bag of favorites – Sports – Other sports

Bologna, March 24, 2022 – Sunday March 27 is the start of the great Northern European classics after Matej’s victory mohoric in San Remo. Scheduled for Ghent-Wevelgem who anticipates the Tour of Flanders. Ghent 2022 presents a fairly easy route in the first part, difficult in the final part with nine walls but there are still around thirty kilometers at the end for a sprint suitable for sprinters. Let’s see the bag of favorites.

Wout Van Aert

He is the winner of last year, thanks to a close sprint finish made up of sprinters able to hold on well on the north walls. He is strong in hitches, he is strong in sprints, it will be difficult to beat him if not with a tactic that can somehow cut him.

Matteo Trentino

Absent Colbrelli, fourth last year, in doubt Nizzolo, second, it will be up to Matteo Trentin, third a year ago, to wear the Italian colors high. The blue found power in the sprints and was always comfortable on the long and potentially difficult runs. He will have to find a way to tactically beat Van Aert.

Stefan Kung

In the sprint he was beaten, but last year he was one of the best by finishing sixth in a close breakaway. He will have to avoid a sprint, so if the group breaks on the walls he will have to invent an attack to anticipate the sprinters.

Tim Merlier

He must try to keep the race sharp for a sprint finish or keep the wheels of the best. He has already won stages this season and sprinting is his bread, but he will have to find a way to get there without breaking away first. It won’t be easy given the number of starters.

Sam Bennett

Last year he was a protagonist until a physical illness ruled him out of the final race. It is also a flying animal but it will need careful tactics to avoid getting loose on the walls.

Jasper Stuyven

It’s the ultimate shooter. He won the Sanremo in 2021 and can win races like this without being a surprise. The sprint is difficult for him, but in the event of a difficult race he can suddenly appear.

Pierre Sagan

He is expected again at high levels, Ghent would also be for him but he appears far from his best version. When he’s fit he can beat everyone, including Van Aert, but how long has it been since he’s been seen at the top?

Mads Pedersen

He won a World Cup by beating Trentin in a long and difficult race and he can certainly be among the Ghent favourites, even more so in a close sprint similar to last year. If the very favorites are studied, he could take advantage of it.

Arnaud Demare

Two years ago he was in top form, he managed to win in the sprint but also a French championship by beating Julian Alaphilippe in a duel. If he came back to those levels, he would have to watch both the tuck sprint and the restricted sprint.

Antoine Turgis

This may be the big surprise. He came close to success at Sanremo, proving capable of holding on to the walls but also having an interesting starting point in the final. The classic hit. He’s in good shape, Sanremo testified, and last year in Ghent he made the top ten.

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