The Proton Spy was ready for the Belgian Championship and carefully followed the Tour de France preparatory race. He also looks at the first choice and makes some reservations.

Meanwhile, the first selection of the Tour de France was released. Jumbo-Visma started and I think it’s a strange choice among Dutch people.

Comparing their tour teams with those of the previous year, there are essential differences. The number of climbers is decreasing. Is it a sign that they are betting on Wout van Aert rather than an overall victory?

I thought there were more types like Robert Gesink and Rohan Dennis than Nathan van Hooydonk. But this year I’m really fine.

Jumbo-Visma doesn’t have control over things like the last two editions, with Tadej Pogacar winning the overall championship.

People like Tiesj Benoot are of course versatile and can last long in the mountains at their best. He has already proved it in Paris-Nice.

“Will Lotto-Soudal bet more on withdrawal?”

Also, I think the Lotto-Soudal 8 is an atypical choice. The team is full of free booters. Are they betting on breakaway rather than sprinting with Caleb Ewan?

It’s also impressive that Australians don’t get the typical lead-out. Jasper De Buyst and Roger Kluge are two very important pawns missing from Ewan’s sprint train on this tour.

Apparently DeBuyst isn’t perfectly fit after the fall in Turkey. I don’t know why Kluge was absent.

But believe me. Ewan will miss German a lot. Not only in sprints, but also in mountains.

Roger Kluge is an example of a rider’s textbook where you can and must pedal to stop first on an uphill and arrive within the time limit on your sprinter.

I will explain. Kluge is an example of a rider’s textbook where you can and must pedal to stop first on an uphill and arrive within the time limit on a sprinter.

After that, Kruge overtakes the rider and settles on the Gurupet without much trouble. Yes, I admit it: Kruge has already overtaken me many times.

Of course, Ewan can also win the sprint without a leadout. Florian Fermersh is a strong bear, he can drop Ewan on another train.

But I stick to it. Without the sprint train, it wouldn’t be easy for Ewan to win the stage anyway.

“The transfer may be in Merrill’s mind.”

You will receive the Belgian Championship on Sunday before the tour begins. Wind is the decisive factor. Because at Demoren, you don’t have to do too much to tear Peloton.

Although the latest forecasts are based on headwinds, which is not desirable. In the absence of wind, Lotto-Soudal and Alpesin Phoenix would be a controlled BC that would do everything possible to make a sprint.

In the absence of Wout van Aert, Jasper Philipsen is my favorite. He left an impression on the Ardennes stage of the Baroise Belgium Tour.

Alpesin-Phoenix has another top sprinter on Tim Merlier, but he will move to Quickstep Alpha Vinyl, which could result in a bit less support from the team.

It probably all sneaks into Merrill’s head, and it’s not the best preparation for the championship.

But even without rumors of that transfer, Alpesin-I think Phoenix drew the card-Philipsen anyway. Tim is suffering from his elbows, a few percent less. Although he hasn’t driven badly in the last few weeks.

Alpesin-Phoenix has another top sprinter on Tim Merlier, but he will move to Quickstep Alpha Vinyl, which could result in a bit less support from the team.

“De Bond was able to win the Belgian Championship for the second time.”

Of course, Arnaud Delhi is also taken into account on Sunday, but he may be gradually peaking.

He has been performing at a very high level for the past few weeks. After that, the barrel is gradually completed. But if you drop De Lie to his dream position, he will be nearby.

But if one race can produce an amazing winner, it’s the Belgian Championship. Think about Dries DeBondt two years ago.

And let’s make DeBondt in great condition again. Apart from the group of outsiders, he may have become the Belgian champion again.

Source: Sporza

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