There are only four days left for the start of the Wollongong World Championship. The week of the Road Cycling World Championships will begin on Sunday 18 September, which will monopolize the attention of enthusiasts from all over the globe. it will culminate on Sunday 25th with the men’s online test.
Even with some last-minute forfeits, the level of the startlist will be stellar as always. Many of the best riders in the world will be in Australia to battle for the rainbow jerseythe most prestigious of the symbols of sport on two wheels, a result that can change the career of every cyclist.
The path, rough but not particularly hard, would seem to lead to a possible head-to-head battle between two of the brightest stars in the cycling firmament: Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel. The quality of the two rivals is such that there is probably no track on which they can be cut off, but Mount Pleasant’s 1100m 7.7% tear, to be repeated 12 times, could be the right springboard for one of the their proverbial attacks.
After watching them battle for years in the cyclocross World Championships, it would be exciting to see the fight translated to the road, but of course there is no shortage of opponents.. The name of Biniam Girmay now it is no longer a surprise to feel approached to these sacred monsters. Despite his very young age, the Eritrean has shown that he can keep up with the best on explosive snatches and be very dangerous in a tight sprint. He could give a dream to his country and to the African continent.
Paired with the most interesting names on the starting grid is Tadej Pogacar. It is useless to be here to talk about the qualities of the Slovenian, which is basically phenomenal on every existing territory. The victory at the Montreal GP strongly boosted his odds, reminding us that he doesn’t need to pull off everyone uphill to make a difference, but that he can regulate the competition even in the sprint.
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The list of candidates for victory goes on for a long time and cannot but contain, despite the many problems of this season, the two-time reigning champion Julian Alaphilippe. Loulou will lead a France with many arrows in its bow, from Christophe Laporte to Florian Senechal, passing through Valentin Madouas.CopyAMP code.
The landlord was also among the great favorites Micheal Matthews. The route seems to perfectly support the characteristics of the Australian who already has two world podiums on his bulletin board. Both editions in which Matthews finished in the top three, it was to take home the shirt Peter Sagan. The Slovakian has now lost the luster of his best years, but keeping him out of consideration could be a serious mistake.
It will also be necessary to pay great attention to those that on paper start as “second lines” of the formations of the big favorites. In this category the most accredited is obviously Remco Evenepoel. The Belgian has just come out of the most exciting three weeks of his young career at the Vuelta. This may have left him with a lot of fatigue in his legs but also a lot of adrenaline and awareness. Watch out for the Dutch too Dylan Van Baarle and Pascal Eenkhoorn.
At the end of this long list, to which Norwegian could also be added Alexander Kristoff and the British Ethan Hayter, we come to the Italians. It is useless to go around it, the Azzurri will not start as favorites and perhaps not even among the second lines. Alberto Bettiol, Matteo Trentin and Andrea Bagioli are the three best cards for Daniele Bennati’s national team and they will start as luxury outsiders. It will be necessary to compete with a perfect race conduct and inventing some action, perhaps even from a distance.
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