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Sport Defending Tour of Flanders champion Bettiol: We know how to win

08:10  18 october  2020
08:10  18 october  2020 Source:   cyclingnews.com

Alaphilippe, Van Aert and Van der Poel headline Tour of Flanders – Preview

  Alaphilippe, Van Aert and Van der Poel headline Tour of Flanders – Preview The Ronde's course has been shortened, but the battle should be as intense as ever with numerous favourites in the frameIt will reprise the testy rivalry between Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel, and see Julian Alaphilippe make his highly anticipated Ronde debut in the world champion's rainbow jersey, while Alberto Bettiol will attempt to become the first rider to defend his Flanders title since Fabian Cancellara in 2014.

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Sep Vanmarcke et al. posing for the camera: Sep Vanmarcke (left) congratulates EF Pro Cycling teammate Alberto Bettiol after his victory at the 2019 Tour of Flanders © Provided by Cycling News Sep Vanmarcke (left) congratulates EF Pro Cycling teammate Alberto Bettiol after his victory at the 2019 Tour of Flanders

EF Pro Cycling will line up in Antwerp for the Tour of Flanders with both the defending champion, Alberto Bettiol, and two-time podium finisher Sep Vanmarcke in their ranks. Despite that, the US team's two riders don't feature among the top favourites for Sunday's Ronde – although Bettiol believes they have a stronger team than last year.

While Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and road race world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Elegant-QuickStep) feature at the top of the list of favourites for this year's Flanders, Bettiol and Vanmarcke appeared in an EF Pro Cycling video press conference on Friday to talk about their own chances.

Van der Poel 'not losing sleep' over Van Aert rivalry ahead of Tour of Flanders

  Van der Poel 'not losing sleep' over Van Aert rivalry ahead of Tour of Flanders Dutch champion rues shorter course but is confident for Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen"It was already a closed chapter for me on Sunday. It's just racing, I'm not losing sleep over it," Van der Poel said on Friday.

Tour of Flanders - Alberto Bettiol of Italy and Team Ef Education First on the Paterberg "I don't know how I did it. I felt really good on the Kwaremont and Andreas (Klier) from the car said Bettiol turned into the long finishing straight and began to realise he was about to win the Tour of Flanders .

Watch the final kilometre as Bettiol holds on to win the Tour of Flanders . Norway’s Alexander Kristoff, the 2015 champion from UAE Team Emirates, won the sprint for third place ahead Bettiol ’s win came despite the presence in the leading group of former winners Kristoff and Peter Sagan

Bettiol will start with the number 1 dossard on his back, but last year's winner played down his own chances of victory.

"It's been a strange year, obviously, and I showed last year that I was the strongest, and maybe I won't be this year," the Italian admitted. "There are people stronger than me, and I don't consider myself the big favourite, but as a team we'll try to win this race again. I think we are even stronger than last year as a team."

As evidence of that, Bettiol pointed out that the Flanders squad had been together for the past week, racing together at last weekend's Gent-Wevelgem – other than Stefan Bissegger – in readiness for this weekend.

"We've got good morale, and on Sunday we'll try to do a great race. We have to be intelligent to play our cards – use our riders – in the right way at the race. We know how to win this race, and, personally, having won before, I don't have that stress on me to try to win again," Bettiol said.

Alexander Kristoff takes unexpected podium at Tour of Flanders

  Alexander Kristoff takes unexpected podium at Tour of Flanders 'Luckily for me, but unfortunate for QuickStep and Alaphilippe, there was still a podium spot'Other riders with high ambitions knew that it would become very hard to get these top guns back. A few kilometres later, Alaphilippe rode into a motorbike from the race jury and crashed out of the race. It was bad news for the world champion but Kristoff ended up being the sole rider from the chase group who would join Van der Poel and Van Aert on the podium in Oudenaarde, Belgium.

In what had been billed as one of the most open races in recent years it was, almost predictably, an outsider who took the line honours. Six hours 18 minutes and 49 seconds after setting off from Antwerp and with 270.1 kilometres of racing in his legs

Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) caught the favorites off guard to win the Tour of Flanders as he “I don’t know how I did it. I felt really good on the Kwaremont and Andreas (Klier) from the car said: ‘If you Defending champion Niki Terpstra abandoned the race when he crashed 157 kms from the line.

Seated next to the 26-year-old, the older Vanmarcke would dearly love to win the Ronde. The Belgian took third place behind Fabian Cancellara and Greg Van Avermaet in 2014, and then third again behind Peter Sagan and Cancellara in 2016.

Vanmarcke's shortened season – just eight race days of racing since the resumption of the cycling calendar following the shutdown due to the coronavirus – could well count against him, as the 32-year-old admitted.

"I've done everything I can in training," he said. "It's true that I haven't done a lot of racing, and I wish I'd done more, but I've done a lot of hard training to try to compensate.

"The big question is whether it's been enough racing to really be able to go beyond my limits, and at Gent-Wevelgem I didn't really feel as though I did have that," said Vanmarcke, who finished 17th, while Bettiol took fourth.

"On Wednesday I trained really hard again, but I don't know whether I've done enough racing in the end to be at my very best, so we'll see on Sunday," he said. "It's been a special year, and I wish I could have done more racing, but I had to try to make the best of it and try to do my best with training."

Mathieu van der Poel: I'll lose sleep over Brabantse Pijl second place

  Mathieu van der Poel: I'll lose sleep over Brabantse Pijl second place Dutchman edged out by world champion Alaphilippe after mistake in sprint finishMathieu van der Poel narrowly failed to defend his Brabantse Pijl title on Wednesday, just losing out to world champion Julian Alaphilippe in a three-up sprint for the line in Overijse.

The 103rd edition of the Tour of Flanders (Dutch: Ronde van Vlaanderen) was held on 7 April 2019 in Belgium. It was the 14th event of the 2019 UCI World Tour and the second monument classic of the season, following Milan–San Remo.

Tour of Flanders - Alberto Bettiol of Italy and Team Ef Education First on the Paterberg (Image credit: Getty The Tour of Flanders has been a solid hunting ground for Alexander Kristoff with a top-five For more information about how to do this, and how we hold your data, please see our privacy policy.

Rather than Vanmarcke, it's Van Aert and Van der Poel – and their war of words after Gent-Wevelgem after marking each other out of contention – that everyone's talking about.

"Last Sunday was the first time that some feelings had come out [between them]," Vanmarcke said. "If they want to win at Flanders, they'll have to race against each other, but also somehow race together.

"But there's not only them; there are a lot of good riders who also have the goal of winning the Tour of Flanders, and it's not only going to be about the game between Van Aert and Van der Poel," he said.

"Mads Pedersen [Trek-Segafredo] is pretty fast," Bettol pointed out, with the 2019 road race world champion having won last weekend's Gent-Wevelgem and having finished second at the 2018 Tour of Flanders. "And even though it's Alaphilippe's first time at the Ronde, he is probably in the best team, and they know the roads better than anybody else, and they will tell him how to race perfectly. Those are the facts, and when we have our pre-race meeting, we'll consider this."

While Alaphilippe is on everyone's lips as a possible winner, another Frenchman – Romain Bardet – will also, like Alaphilippe, make his debut in Flanders on Sunday, and Bettiol was asked whether he thought that the AG2R rider could be a threat.

"These guys, normally, when they're strong, they're strong – whether it's climbing or on the cobbles. I remember last year that Alejandro Valverde [Movistar] was really strong, and in 2018, Vincenzo Nibali almost stayed with [eventual winner] Niki Terpstra when he attacked," he said.

"I remember how Bardet was two years ago at Strade Bianche – he was really strong [finishing second]. It depends on what level he's at now, and whether he's in good shape. If he's as strong as he was at Strade Bianche, for sure he'll influence the race and play a role," said Bettiol.

EF Pro Cycling for the 2020 Tour of Flanders: Alberto Bettiol, Stefan Bissegger, Jens Keukeleire, Sebastian Langeveld, Jonas Rutsch, Tom Scully, Sep Vanmarcke

Wout van Aert: I want to win Tour de France green jersey one day .
Points classification ambitions may have to wait as Belgian targets next summer's Olympic Games after Tour"I want to go all out for the green jersey one day, but after [next year's] Tour, we've also got the Olympic Games," Van Aert told Belgian TV channel VRT's sports show Extra Time Koers on Wednesday evening, according to Het Nieuwsblad. "We'll have to see how we're going to approach that Tour with Tokyo in mind.

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