April 23, 2024

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Strade Bianche Stars (m): Projected top favorites and Belgian iron in the second row

Strade Bianche Stars (m): Projected top favorites and Belgian iron in the second row

Spring classics where Mathieu van der Poel Woot Van Aart doesn't get the stars? It is possible for both tenors to fit into the Strade Bianche. Who will take their place? See our star lineup here.


They stand head and shoulders above the rest and are the favorites. These are the winners of the latest releases.

Tadej Pogacar starts his season in Siena. In 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023, he always won the first race he entered. Will he keep this streak alive?

Last year, Tom Pidcock completed a solo performance as impressive as his Slovenian opponent a year earlier.

Pidcock has been dry since his March 4 number. Will he become the first man to drive back-to-back Tuscans?


Will Philippe Gilbert (2011), Thiesge Pinot (2018) and Wout van Aert (2020) have a successor? Tim Wellens proved his true form on the opening weekend, and as a lightning rod for Pogacar, he could pull off the coup.

Lotto-Dstny is off to a great start. Maxime van Gils won the very short Ruta del Sol and finished fifth and third last weekend in the strong French bilingual Faun-Ardèche Classic and Faun Drôme Classic.

Fourth and fifth in two entries: Attila Walter more than deserves his place on this list. With the first Hungarian WorldTour victory, the occasional leader of Visma-Lease a Bike will write history.

As the world clay court champion, you certainly have an advantage, but can Matej Mohorek formulate the right response to the extra meters of height?

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Sepp Koss proved in his Spanish brother (Classica Jane) with sixth place that cobblestone roads do not scare him, and impressed newcomer Daniel Martinez in the Algarve Tour.

Groupama-FDJ delegates 2 more pawns. Valentin Maduas came in second place last year, while rookie Romain Gregoire took eighth place.