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The second running of the hilly classic on the roads of Wallonie in Belgium sees the race move from HC to PTHC category. This means that many of the best punchers from both the PT and the PCT haave arrived to have a go at winning this race. Last year Dimitri Claeys proved too strong for everyone else as a part of a four rider late attack to win the inaugural edition. He and his team are not racing here this time meaning someone else's name will go up in lights when the finishing line comes around.

The course is an undulating, nearly 200 km ride ending with a short ascent to the line. Expect a lot of the action to happen in the second half as there are hardly any flat roads and the two hills leading up to the finishing climb are prime locations for the favourites to launch their winning moves from distance.

Let us now look at the contenders for this year's edition:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png De Bie7184767275
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Hagen6984737278
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Lutsenko7383737281
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Bobridge6983746980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Mohoric7183726777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Bakelants7382757175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Kwiatkowski7881766775
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png Beltran7981726676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Buchmann7681746573
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Koretzky7181707179

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Sean de Bie starts as the top favourite for this race with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Boasson Hagen expected to run him close. The two stars are the strongest punchers in the race and should be overwhelming favourites to contest for the win. The former is better on harder climbs and energy stats while the latter has a better finishing kick.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Lutsenko and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Bobridge are two more riders expected to challenge for the win, with their strong hill climbing capabilities and support stats.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Mohoric and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Bakelants are just a notch below the above mentioned riders. The former is at his peak and hopes to improve his fortunes just a little. The latter is on the decline with age catching up but still has enough firepower to challenge for a podium finish.

Three riders who will be hoping that the climbs turn out to be harder than first presumed are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Kwiatkowski, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Buchmann and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png Beltran. All three are strong punchers in their own right, but are among the best climbers in the startlist, with good backup stats to boot.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Koretzky's trump card is his great finishing ability, and he will be hoping the race comes down to a reduced sprint up the final climb which allows him to kick his way into the lead and hold on.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Formolo7979766971
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Demare6780728281
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Jensen7080736676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Betancourt7380716774
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Ulissi6680717475
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Yates7079707780
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Bystrom6879726876
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Bilbao6779717175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Teuns7578736672

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Formolo is perhaps the strongest overall climber in the race but his slightly lower ability on shorter climbs moves him into the outsiders' list.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Demare is the rider who'll most be hoping for a reduced bunch sprint up the final hill, as he's clearly the fastest among the top punchers. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Yates is in the same mould but weaker in both puncher and sprinting capabilities.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Jensen, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Betancourt and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Ulissi are quite strong punchers but no match for the top contenders, and will be aiming for a Top 10 finish as a good result.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Bystrom is exptected to play second fiddle to Hagen and might not be able to ride for his own ambitions. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Bilbao and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Teuns will ride their own race and will hope to pull off an unexpected result to bring in much needed points for their respective teams.


Last NameFirst NameTeam
NavardauskasRamunasAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
ThillTomAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
LanderSebastianAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
GrashevMartinAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
KristoffAlexanderAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
StauffAndreasAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
MarchewkaKrzysztofAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
DrapacDamionAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
De BieSeanAegon - Peroni
ZardiniEdoardoAegon - Peroni
VliegenLoicAegon - Peroni
StuyvenJasperAegon - Peroni
CarboniGiovanniAegon - Peroni
van der PoelMathieuAegon - Peroni
van der HoornTacoAegon - Peroni
VanhouckeHarmAegon - Peroni
HagenEdvald BoassonAir France - KLM
BystromSven ErikAir France - KLM
GauduDavidAir France - KLM
LietaerEliotAir France - KLM
PaezAndresAir France - KLM
LudvigssonFredrikAir France - KLM
EdetNicolasAir France - KLM
van ZylJohannAir France - KLM
KwiatkowskiMichalAker - MOT
FreulerJan-AndreAker - MOT
SosaIvanAker - MOT
JacobsenTormodAker - MOT
TrondsenTrond HakonAker - MOT
FossTobiasAker - MOT
LarsenNiklasAker - MOT
YzeirajMarildoAker - MOT
UlissiDiegoAramco DP
TeklitTesfarAramco DP
McEvoyJonathanAramco DP
ConciNicolaAramco DP
RichardsonAlexanderAramco DP
JosephStijnAramco DP
AlloncaDanielAramco DP
Al MurawwiMohammedAramco DP
ZariffNur AimanBakkafrost
BobridgeJackBennelong - Mitchelton
HamiltonChrisBennelong - Mitchelton
LanePatrickBennelong - Mitchelton
McCormickHaydenBennelong - Mitchelton
DavidTomBennelong - Mitchelton
GunmanTaylorBennelong - Mitchelton
ChristensenRyanBennelong - Mitchelton
CuleyMarcusBennelong - Mitchelton
KoretzkyClementFestina - OAKA
Van NiekerkAidanFestina - OAKA
BudyakAnatoliyFestina - OAKA
KastrantasCharalampasFestina - OAKA
SpanopoulosIoannisFestina - OAKA
MorinEmmanuelFestina - OAKA
MiltiadisAndreasFestina - OAKA
GiannoutsosMiltiadisFestina - OAKA
GadayLucas ManuelGenerali
JansenAmund GrondahlGrieg-Maersk
BakelantsJanIndosat Ooredoo
Le RouxRomainIndosat Ooredoo
KulimbetovNurbolatIndosat Ooredoo
De SouzaChristopherIndosat Ooredoo
LuchshenkoSergeyIndosat Ooredoo
SetiawaAndreas Odie PurnamaIndosat Ooredoo
XandriJanIndosat Ooredoo
WolfJustinIndosat Ooredoo
MohoricMatejIsostar - Specialized
CalmejaneLilianIsostar - Specialized
BuggeVegard RobinsonIsostar - Specialized
PetersNansIsostar - Specialized
GabburoDavideIsostar - Specialized
TarvisPeeterIsostar - Specialized
JansRoyIsostar - Specialized
GradekKamilIsostar - Specialized
LutsenkoAlexeyKing Power
AzmanMuhamad ZawawiKing Power
SirironnachaiSarawutKing Power
BoonratanathanakornThurakitKing Power
QuitaRonnilanKing Power
FungKa HooKing Power
VanthourenhoutMichaelKing Power
RevardThomasKing Power
BilbaoPelloKraftwerk Man Machine
MoazemiArvinKraftwerk Man Machine
KlemmeDomenikKraftwerk Man Machine
DenzNicoKraftwerk Man Machine
ScheitFlorianKraftwerk Man Machine
BolJetseKraftwerk Man Machine
Gonzalez CortesJosueKraftwerk Man Machine
VermeerschGianniKraftwerk Man Machine
Lemus DavilaLuis EnriqueMapei
DyrnesKristianNordstrom - CA Technologies
DuchesneAntoineNordstrom - CA Technologies
VillellaDavideNordstrom - CA Technologies
DiggleTomNordstrom - CA Technologies
PiccoliJamesNordstrom - CA Technologies
EenkhoornPascalNordstrom - CA Technologies
PhilipsenJasperNordstrom - CA Technologies
MedvedevSergeyNordstrom - CA Technologies
Rodriguez GalindoMichaelPolar
Garcia CortinaIvanPolar
Gallego MartinJuan AbenhamarPolar
MoscaJacopoRepsol - Netflix
RodriguezCristianRepsol - Netflix
TrofimovYuriRepsol - Netflix
BarberoCarlosRepsol - Netflix
ValterAttilaRepsol - Netflix
LyuXianjingRepsol - Netflix
MasLluisRepsol - Netflix
MeeusJordiRepsol - Netflix
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RajovicDusanSwisslion Cycling Team
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MagerChristianTeam Puma - SAP
EggerMike AaronTeam Puma - SAP
HelmeSasuTeam Puma - SAP
NiuYikuiTeam Puma - SAP
SagivGuyTeam Puma - SAP
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PaajanenPaavoValio - Viking Genetics
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HänninenJaakoValio - Viking Genetics
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Idk, far from a flagship race for us this one, but maybe the gang can redeem themselves a bit after the horrorshow of a Giro we've had. Except for Talansky who was great, I do hold some hope in him keeping his momentum going. Thanks for the preview Abhi!
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Would be great, if Bobridge can pick up the momentum (Giro podium by Haig) and get us another nice result here. As always, I'm not sure about his chances, but it looks promising on paper. A Top-5 must be the goal, if the MO stat is as less important as I expected it to be here.
De Bie for once should justify his favourite role and minimum reach the podium.
I expect a late top 5-10 though as he usually underperforms against those riders on the startlist.

But in Belgium it would be a good time to turn this around. Support is very strong.
It seems a bit harsh to expect a big performace from Beltran in a PTHC race with some of the biggest hitters here, but we simply need it!

Thanks for the preview Abhi Smile


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Strong startlist. Probably also a bit stronger than I would have hoped for. Koretzky with an outside chance for top 5 due to his SPR/ACC if things aren't shattered all over the place. He was 4th, 9th and 10th in the ardennes last season, so if he can keep that up we should be OK. All of van Niekerk, Budyak and Kastrantas are here with him, so he doesn't really have any excuses and on paper it looks like a pure hills race, without much presence of mountainstat.

Those top 5 favourites seem to be in a class of their own, at least on paper, making a 5th-10th realistic for Kwiatkowski. However, I'm hopeful those final three hills can be to his advantage, giving him a shot at a top 5. Our support team isn't great here, which makes me hope we get an aggressive race where other favourites are isolated too.

I've got EBH and Lutsenko for the two top spots, with De Bie the obvious favourite for a podium finish too. That could all swing though, depending on the racing, as Démare is a potential problem for most riders if we get a slow and very controlled race before the finishing hill.

Looking forward to the report!
Don't expect much when there's such a good level among the top guys. Presence in the break would be nice.
Any points here will be a bonus.

Thanks for the preview Abhi.
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This one suits the pure puncheurs pretty well, so my expectations for Formolo are not too high. But if he catches the right form he can definitely pull a top 10 here.
Races like this we need KHJ to overperform if we want to stay in PT!
He has been rather dissapointing what I can remember this season.
Aker on a hot streak suddenly! Congrats on another win ember! Even some depth with Larsen in 14th place, that's a surprise.

Nothing race for us, as expected unfortunately. Thanks for the report Abhi.
Gutsy ride by Bobridge and while it might have lead to him having no finishing kick against Kwiat, I'm obviously happy with his performance. Lightning up the race and finishing it off with a nice 2nd place - that's good stuff!

Thanks for the report and congrats to those, who did well.
Jesus fucking christ dude, PCM AI is straight up throwing darts at our team this year :lol: At least Rodrigues got in the break.

Congrats ember, good last couple days for Aker. Thanks Abhi!
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I'm really surprised that Grashev managed to hang onto Top 20 spot - really impressive. Nava and Kristoff also scored 2 points each so a little boost in the survival battle perhaps?

But man, Beltran - one of the favorites, finishing outside Top 30? Yikes.
Boho, nothing special from KHJ there..About where he should be

Aker - MOT is on fire lately! Congrats!
Koretzky in 3rd is a great result here. Very unexpected too. After the Giro this was exactly what we needed!

To have two very strong 77HI riders consequently performing nothing at all is not great though!

Great win from Kwiatek! Congrats!

I don't even have the will to get angry or rant anymore. I have no idea what the problem is, but it is what it is Sad

Thanks for the report.


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Aker are flying; congrats!

Formolo did a decent job here. Not a big score, but in this terrain and with this field it'd be unreasonable to demand more than 12th from him.
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