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With Milan-Turin (1.Pro/Ita) on Wednesday, the sprinters get a chance to show themselves in Italy. The oldest classic, the competition was first organized in 1876, gets a strong field of participants at the start. Peter Sagan, Mathieu van der Poel, Sam Bennett, Caleb Ewan, Fernando Gaviria and Arnaud Démare are the favorites of the day. But Wout van Aert is also participating.

Last year Michael Woods won on the steep final climb to the Basilica of Superga, but this year organizer RCS chose a different finish and it is the fast boys’ turn. The last five km are mostly flat or slightly sloping, with some round points at the end and a bend 400 meters from the finish. So a somewhat technical arrival.

“We are going back to basics,” it said in a recent press release from organizer RCS. “Since Milan-Turin used to be organized a few days before Milan-San Remo. It may now be a course for sprinters. ” A warming up for Milan-Sanremo, although a sprint there is far from a certainty.

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Fast guys, then it is looking forward from Belgian side to Wout van Aert who won a sprint in the Tour last year and won the Strade Bianche on Saturday. Whether he will interfere in a possible sprint, a few days before Milan-Sanremo, is very questionable. At Circus Wanty Gobert they can push Timothy Dupont forward, although the Dutch brothers Van Poppel are no slouch either.

The Belgians are expected to play a more serving role in Milan-Turin earlier, such as Philippe Gilbert, Tosh Van Der Sande, Jasper De Buyst for Caleb Ewan, Yves Lampaert and Tim Declercq for Sam Bennett who rode in the Tour of Burgos last week won. Also grinding kilometers and doing more competition after the long stop, with Milan-Sanremo becoming important, such as for Oliver Naesen who gave up on Saturday in the Strade Bianche.

Greg Van Avermaet does not start. Initially foreseen on the starting list, the Olympic champion chose Monday’s match in Italy, where he finished third, and may explore the new Milan-Sanremo circuit on Wednesday.

In addition to Caleb Ewan, Sam Bennett, it can be expected that Fernando Gaviria, Arnaud Démare, Nacer Bouhanni, Matteo Moschetti, Alexander Kristoff will join the fray and who knows, maybe Mathieu van der Poel will join the fray after his disappointing Strade Bianche .

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