The top surfers in our survey are also today’s top contenders according to our judges: Fabio Jacobsen And the Caleb Ewan†
Jakobsen started the season well, his counter has already achieved 4 victories. The Dutchman has won two stages on the Tour of Valencia and on the Tour of the Algarve and will undoubtedly be the spearhead of Sunday’s Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl, which will come out for revenge after a boring run.
Ewan may be a little cranky during the Flemish Spring Race, but the Australian is undoubtedly fast. He has already shown this year with his victories in the Saudi Tour and the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var. For Ewan, it will be his second participation in Kuurne. Six years ago, when Jasper Steuvin won, he finished 15th.
If there is a fast race in Kuurne Tim Merler Of course also one of the names to watch. Today the Belgian is considered the undisputed leader of Alpecin-Fenix, as Jasper Philipsen has been on the UAE Tour in recent days. In the Algarve he was already second this season after Jacobsen.
The Sporza jury awarded two stars Christophe Laporte† Also acquired by our experts as a point pistol in our Wielermanager† In the absence of Wout van Aert, the Frenchman can count on the full support of the powerful Jumbo-Visma block. Will he hit the spot in his first race with his new team?
After all, there are two stars for them too Sony ColberelliYesterday, second in Omloop behind Wout van Aert feat. He won’t be there on Sunday and if Colbrelli can make it to the end with a group, he can file nice papers anyway.
The Spurza jury awards another one-star to five riders, including Tom Bidcock, still eighteenth in Omloop yesterday. The young Briton finished third at Korn last year and has already proven he still has a powerful shot in his legs after a tough race.
That can also be said of Giacomo Nizzolo, who only had to endure Wout van Aert at Ghent-Wevelgem last year. The Italian fast boy, who already ranked second in Kuurne in 2020, has already earned two honorary places in Spain this season. So the model is there.
also John Degenkolb It is a name to be reckoned with according to our experts. Yesterday, the unknown German finished 43rd in the Omloop, which was his first race of the year for a DSM driver.
Always a name that we never lose sight of when letting a run Alexander Kristof† The strong Norwegian has the size to take on the toughest sections of the track and the fast legs to finish at the end. He was already on the podium 3 times in Kuurne, but he did not manage to win.
The last star is Florian Basic, freebooter from Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl. The Frenchman may have to tolerate Jacobsen inside his side in clicking order, but if the Dutchman fails, Senchal will undoubtedly be on the checkers line.
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