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The course of 198 kilometers is almost a billiard surface and that attracts the sprinters. Caleb Ewan, Arnaud Démare, Sam Bennett, Fernando Gaviria, Peter Sagan and Nacer Bouhanni are the big names at the start, but they will probably have to deal with Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert. The latter mainly focuses on Milan-Sanremo on Saturday, but does not feel too bad to also sprint in Turin for the victory. “We had to wait long enough for the race. We have to try to harvest everywhere ”, says Van Aert, who last contested a mass sprint against Van der Poel on the road in June 2017. In the Bruges Eleven Cities round, Van Aert narrowly beat the Dutchman.
Yves Lampaert and Tim Declercq are at the start at Deceuninck – Quick-Step. Both could use a good turn, as they are on the shortlist of seven riders for Milan-Sanremo, one of which has to be dropped due to the new rule of the organization. The other five are Bennett, Morkov, Jungels, Stybar and defending champion Alaphilippe. “A shitty situation”Said sports director Wilfried Peeters. The decision will be taken on Thursday.
At Lotto-Soudal, there is less trammelant for the selection for Sanremo, but Ewan can use a good result to safeguard his leadership alongside Philippe Gilbert. With the Belgians it is also looking forward to Timothy Dupont at Circus – Wanty-Gobert.
Start: 13u45 Arrival: 18u30 Live on Eurosport from 5 pm