It's quickly followed by another on the Kwaremont, where those who were struggling at the back get cut off completely. I expect Jumbo to push hard on the run in to the Paterberg, get Wout near the front and let him start to break the race apart.
If some of them can hang on and rejoin ahead of the Kwaremont, great, but Wout is very capable of just taking the race on from there by himself. The Karemelbeekstraat is tough at 1km at 7. But the hardest part of the climb, near the top is very covered with trees and ditches, so the wind shouldn't play too big a part..
Having said that, this climb is where decisive moves come anyway, simply down to its position in the race, and how steep it gets at the top. It's where Bob Jungels rode away from his break companions, including one Marc Hirschi, in Where the race blew up again though in was the lesser regarded climb of the Tiegemberg, when the chasing group, including Gilbert, Lampaert, Benoot and Terpstra were about to join the leaders, but GVA stepped on the pedals again and shot Peter Sagan and Keukeleire out the back door first, and as they accelerated away only Wout, Stybar and Bettiol could stay with him.
I expect something similar from Wout this year, and he will probably take a small group to the finish with him. And he would win that sprint you'd think. Of course, barring some sort of mechanical, you'd expect Mathieu Van Der Poel to be right there in the thick of the action too. I wouldn't be surprised to see him kick things off early, maybe even as early as the Taaienberg, a la Boonen, with some 80kms to go.
I think he'll sit in on the Paterberg a little and save his push for the Kwaremont, where his power over a longer and less-steep climb could see him take only a handful of riders with him. He looked like he was suffering the effects of a hard Tirreno last weekend in Sanremo, but he's had another week to recover from that and we are sure to see him giving it his all again.
Poor team with him of course, as we all know, but he can handle himself in most situations. What he can't handle though is multiple attacks on him in the last 20kms, especially if the likes of DQS have 2 or 3 riders still in the mix.. It might be that the one time he says "I'm not chasing them this time" will be the time when someone manages to sneak away and stay away.
We've seen him lose Gent Wevelgem in this way. Trek have two superb chances too, with Mads Pedersen and Jasper Stuyven in great form. Mads has KBK to his name already this season and four more podiums, including a close 2nd in the Koksijde Classic last week behind speedster Tim Merlier. His win in KBK was pure power at the end of a tough day, sprinting from a long way out, as is his style.
It made up for a disastrous day the previous day for Trek when as he admitted himseld "We fucked up" in OHN. Jasper Stuyven was poacher supreme last Saturday in MSR, a perfectly timed attack at the bottom of the Poggio, followed by a great bit of playing with SKA to make him work hard in the last kilometre to get a short rest before attacking away again and just hanging on. Both of them are going to find this a lot harder though to win, Pedersen will struggle I think to go with the big attacks on the hills, Stuyven would be outsprinted by the likes of Wout, should be make the final selection.
Personally, I don't see Stybar repeating his heroics of a year ago, that seemed to be a bit of a purple patch he went through in March of and he hasn't really reproduced the sort of performances that saw him take this race and OHN back in He's 35 now and I think he'll be working for teammates here. Yves Lampaert is a diligent and loyal teammate who works his socks off for the likes of Bennett and Alaphilippe week in, week out, will he be given an opportunity to go for it here?
I would think so, he seemed to be building a bit of form in Paris-Nice and will be tuned up nicely for the weeks ahead.. But he will have to attack and win solo, which will be hard, but if they have Asgreen, Stybar and Senechal still in contention in the last 10kms, Lampaert is the kind of guy who can pull off a late solo attack. Davide Ballerini has been in super form, but like Bennett, he couldn't get over the Poggio with the leaders and finished with Bennett, 29" down.
And Florian Senechal - he has said that this is one of his 'key objectives' for the season, he's out of contract at the end of the season and is not in the starting line up for Gent Wevelgem on Sunday. With Paris-Roubaix looking extremely doubtful now, Senechal will be looking to impress and this should be a big chance for him. He is one of the better sprinters of the likely group that will come to the finish, and if he's on a really good day, and if Wout has done a little too much earlier in the race, he might just have the sprint to beat him.
I think a top 3 is a good chance though for him. Lotto Soudal have Philippe Gilbert, and after all the hype about him trying to win his 5th monument in MSR last week, he never got in a blow really. Danish Kasper Asgreen won the race last year and will try to defend his title now.
But the E3 Harelbeke winner odds mention the Belgian star, Wout Van Aert as the biggest favorite ahead of the other one-day specialists. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. The route will start and finish in the city of Harelbeke, covering km. The riders have to tackle seventeen hills during this distance along with five cobbled sections.
Danish Kasper Asgreen won the race last year and will be here again to defend his title. Just like the winner, Zdenek Stybar, and the champion, Peter Sagan. As online sportsbooks in Belgium offer the odds of 3. Van Aert will lead the Jumbo-Visma team and aim for his second victory of the season. He only finished 8th in the Milan-San Remo last weekend, which shows he is beatable.
But it will be a very tough task based on his form and previous results.
That said, weather conditions can change quickly in the Flemish spring, so keep an eye on the radar as the race approaches. All the same, three days out from the race, the start list is not quite finalized yet, so be sure to check back for updates. For now, the race headliners could herald another chapter in the Jumbo-Visma vs.
Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl saga, with Wout van Aert leading the way for the former and defending champion Kasper Asgreen heading up the latter. Wout van Aert wins the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Van Aert can win the race in pretty much any possible scenario, and that makes him an obvious favorite. Considering how fast Van Aert is in a finish, Quick-Step will probably have to find a way to put someone up the road, but Asgreen is quite good at making a powerful attack stick.
Kasper Asgreen at Strade Bianche. As ever, Quick-Step has strength in numbers, and with so many potential launching pads in the final 50 km, this race will reward teams with multiple cards to play. Teams will have to mark Stuyven as he looks to get off the front in the finale, while Pedersen is one of the few riders who might be able to challenge Van Aert in a reduced sprint; at the same time, Stuyven is a speedy finisher and Pedersen has a sizable engine of his own, so Trek has options.
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