2018 Tour of Flanders

Who will win

  • Peter Sagan

    Votes: 40 28.0%
  • Greg Van Avermaet

    Votes: 12 8.4%
  • Philippe Gilbert

    Votes: 13 9.1%
  • Tiesj Benoot

    Votes: 13 9.1%
  • Michal Kwiatkowski

    Votes: 5 3.5%
  • Sep Vanmarcke

    Votes: 12 8.4%
  • Niki Terpstra

    Votes: 14 9.8%
  • Zdenek Stybar

    Votes: 11 7.7%
  • Wout Van Aert

    Votes: 2 1.4%
  • Other

    Votes: 21 14.7%

  • Total voters
    143
  • Poll closed .
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Startlist:

Quick-Step Floors
1 GILBERT Philippe
2 LAMPAERT Yves
3 KEISSE Iljo
4 STYBAR Zdenek
5 SÉNÉCHAL Florian
6 DECLERCQ Tim
7 TERPSTRA Niki

BORA - hansgrohe
11 SAGAN Peter
12 BURGHARDT Marcus
13 OSS Daniel
14 BODNAR Maciej
15 SAGAN Juraj
16 PFINGSTEN Christoph
17 SCHILLINGER Andreas

AG2R La Mondiale
21 NAESEN Oliver
22 VANDENBERGH Stijn
23 BAGDONAS Gediminas
24 BARBIER Rudy
25 DILLIER Silvan
26 DUVAL Julien
27 GALLOPIN Tony

BMC Racing Team
31 VAN AVERMAET Greg
32 BETTIOL Alberto
33 DRUCKER Jean-Pierre
34 KÜNG Stefan
35 ROELANDTS Jurgen
36 SCHAR Michael
37 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan

Lotto Soudal
41 BENOOT Tiesj
43 MAES Nikolas
44 DEBUSSCHERE Jens
45 DE BUYST Jasper
46 SIEBERG Marcel
47 WALLAYS Jelle

Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
51 VANMARCKE Sep
52 BRESCHEL Matti
53 LANGEVELD Sebastian
54 MODOLO Sacha
55 PHINNEY Taylor
56 SCULLY Thomas
57 VAN ASBROECK Tom

Team Sunweb
61 THEUNS Edward
62 ANDERSEN Søren Kragh
63 ARNDT Nikias
64 CURVERS Roy
65 HOFSTEDE Lennard
66 STAMSNIJDER Tom
67 TEUNISSEN Mike

Astana Pro Team
71 DE VREESE Laurens
72 GATTO Oscar
73 HOULE Hugo
74 KORSAETH Truls
75 LUTSENKO Alexey
76 CORT NIELSEN Magnus
77 VALGREN Michael

Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
81 NIBALI Vincenzo
82 BOZIC Borut
83 COLBRELLI Sonny
84 GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
85 HAUSSLER Heinrich
86 KOREN Kristijan
87 PIBERNIK Luka

Groupama - FDJ
91 DÉMARE Arnaud
92 DELAGE Mickaël
93 DUCHESNE Antoine
94 GUARNIERI Jacopo
95 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas
96 LE GAC Olivier
97 SINKELDAM Ramon

Mitchelton-Scott
101 HAYMAN Mathew
102 BAUER Jack
103 DURBRIDGE Luke
104 EDMONDSON Alexander
105 HEPBURN Michael
106 MEZGEC Luka
107 TRENTIN Matteo

Movistar Team
111 BENNATI Daniele
112 AMADOR Andrey
113 CARAPAZ Richard
114 ERVITI Imanol
115 BICO Nuno
116 OLIVEIRA Nelson
117 SÜTTERLIN Jasha

Dimension Data
121 VERMOTE Julien
122 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
123 DOUGALL Nick
124 EISEL Bernhard
125 GIBBONS Ryan
126 THOMSON Jay Robert

Team Katusha - Alpecin
131 MARTIN Tony
132 BIERMANS Jenthe
133 GONÇALVES José
134 HALLER Marco
135 PLANCKAERT Baptiste
136 POLITT Nils
137 ZABEL Rick

Team LottoNL-Jumbo
141 JANSEN Amund Grondahl
142 LEEZER Tom
143 ROOSEN Timo
144 TANKINK Bram
145 VAN EMDEN Jos
146 WAGNER Robert
147 WYNANTS Maarten

Team Sky
151 KWIATKOWSKI Michal
152 DOULL Owain
153 KNEES Christian
154 MOSCON Gianni
155 ROWE Luke
156 STANNARD Ian
157 VAN BAARLE Dylan

Trek - Segafredo
161 STUYVEN Jasper
162 DEGENKOLB John
163 DE KORT Koen
164 FELLINE Fabio
165 PEDERSEN Mads
166 RAST Gregory
167 VAN POPPEL Boy

UAE-Team Emirates
171 KRISTOFF Alexander
172 BYSTRØM Sven Erik
173 CONSONNI Simone
174 GANNA Filippo
175 MARCATO Marco
176 SWIFT Ben
177 TROIA Oliviero

Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
181 VAN HECKE Preben
182 ALLEGAERT Piet
183 CAPIOT Amaury
184 DE GENDT Aime
185 DECLERCQ Benjamin
186 PLANCKAERT Edward
187 RICKAERT Jonas

Vérandas Willems-Crelan
191 VAN AERT Wout
192 DE BIE Sean
193 DE BONDT Dries
194 DE WITTE Mathias
195 DEVOLDER Stijn
196 DUIJN Huub
197 GOOLAERTS Michael

Wanty - Groupe Gobert
201 BACKAERT Frederik
202 KREDER Wesley
203 OFFREDO Yoann
204 PASQUALON Andrea
205 SMITH Dion
206 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
207 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter

WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
211 DEHAES Kenny
212 DE WINTER Ludwig
213 ISTA Kevyn
214 KIRSCH Alex
215 SIX Franklin
216 SPENGLER Lukas
217 VANTOMME Maxime

Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
221 WEENING Pieter
222 GERTS Floris
223 LIGTHART Pim
224 VERMELTFOORT Coen
227 VAN GINNEKEN Sjoerd
228 VAN GOETHEM Brian
229 VAN SCHIP Jan-willem

Vital Concept Cycling Club
231 COQUARD Bryan
232 DE BACKER Bert
233 LE BON Johan
234 LECROQ Jérémy
235 MORICE Julien
236 MÜLLER Patrick
237 VAN GENECHTEN Jonas

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
241 LAPORTE Christophe
242 CLAEYS Dimitri
243 HOFSTETTER Hugo
244 LEMOINE Cyril
245 TURGIS Anthony
246 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
247 VANBILSEN Kenneth
 
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In other news. Valverde is not racing THE RONDE ... Which makes me happy because the last thing I want to see is Piti winning this race.

I guess the only question remaining is:

Will Sagan win solo or from a small group sprint? :D
 
If Quickstep riders play it right it's their race to lose, too many options and no chance other teams can control them all.
They'll attack on the Muur and then check who's left. It's gonna be hell for the others.
 
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Re:

Jancouver said:
In other news. Valverde is not racing THE RONDE ... Which makes me happy because the last thing I want to see is Piti winning this race.

I guess the only question remaining is:

Will Sagan win solo or from a small group sprint? :D
Movistar line up with
ARCAS PEÑA Jorge
BARBERO CUESTA Carlos
CARRETERO Hector
ERVITI Imanol
BICO MATOS Nuno Miguel Alves
OLIVEIRA Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes
SÜTTERLIN Jasha
not the riders in the startlist above
 
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Christophe Laporte to take his first of 20 monuments .... should he run into a series of mechanicals or into Gianni Moscon I would expect

*** Greg Van Avermaet, Peter Sagan
** Arnaud Démare, Philippe Gilbert, Zdenek Stybar, Sep Vanmarcke
* Tiesj Benoot, Edvald Boasson Hagen, John Degenkolb, Alexander Kristoff, Michal Kwiatkowski, Yves Lampaert, Tony Martin, Oliver Naesen, Nicki Terpstra, Wout Van Aert

to watch: Vincenzo Nibali
 
The weather forecast is the same like every year: rain until Saturday; dry on Sunday. We won't live to see another wet Ronde.

QS has four potential winners. Gilbert is their leader, but Terpstra, Stybar and Lampaert might get away on a flat section between 40 and 20 km before the finish, when the other teams won't have many helpers left to organize a pursuit.

I would be delighted to see Vanmarcke win, but he will have a hard time pulling his attacks through to the finish.

*****Gilbert, Sagan
****Vanmarcke, Terpstra
***Van Avermaet, Kwiatkowski, Bennoot
**Stybar, Lampaert, Van Aert
*Kristoff, Martin, Nibali, Stuyven, Moscon
 
Re: 2018 Ronde van Vlaanderen

Can I take QuickStep over the field? They've been dominant this spring, and not just because they have a strong team, very tactically smart as well. Seeing someone like Gilbert domestique for his teammates, creating situations where Terpstra, Viviani have opportunities to win is very enjoyable. As I said in the DDV race thread, it is in my opinion worth almost as much as racking up wins for determining form. In E3 he was imperial in the chase group behind Terpstra, his work for Viviani in the finale of GW was impressive as well. Gilbert seems to be the safest pick, he is as strong or stronger than anyone else; and the most dangerous rider in the field. He is ferocious when he senses victory. If Gilbert does win though I don't think it will be like last year, more likely to arrive with a group than alone. However, he has already won de Ronde, and now is probably more focused on Roubaix then anything. So we may see him working for the team once again, so I choose Quickstep.
 
Re: 2018 Ronde van Vlaanderen

I am also looking forward to seeing if Roompot can continue their show from GW.

And of course it will be exciting to watch van Aert, his road campaign so far has been a great success.
 
It would almost be a surprise to me if Quickstep won't win this race. Terpstra is really strong, he was just chilling in DDV. Gilbert, Lampaert and Stybar are all among the ~8 strongest riders this spring, I ranked them in how likely they are to win imo. GvA looked good on Wednesday and he just gets stronger with longer races. Sagan didn't convince me so far, not the top favourite this year. Vanmarcke is not going to win, no matter what. Looking forward to seeing van Aert after a 260 km race, maybe he is still a bit underestimated?
However, one thing is for sure: never underestimate the shark...

***** Terpstra
**** Gilbert, van Avermaet
*** Sagan, Benoot, Lampaert
** Naesen, Vanmarcke, Stybar, van Aert
* Nibali, Kristoff, Démare, Martin, Stuyven
 
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Pantani_lives said:
The weather
QS has four potential winners. Gilbert is their leader, but Terpstra, Stybar and Lampaert might get away on a flat section between 40 and 20 km before the finish, when the other teams won't have many helpers left to organize a pursuit.
Yeah... even when the race blow up they will still probably have 4 riders there.

We just gonna have to hope someone or a couple of riders are stronger than all of them on Sunday.
 
Yeah, I echo the sentiments of QS - they are the huge favourites and without bad luck, I don't see how they can throw this race away. All of their 3 mains cards look super strong and then you have Lampaert as well, its pretty scary. Couple that with Sagan's super shady shape and QS are winning this race, my personal favourite is Gilbert.
 
I'd like to see GVA take it but QS' collective strength is going to be really hard to beat. I could see Terpstra or Stybar taking it. I think Sagan and GVA will mark Gilbert too heavily for him to win it and he's not going to take them in a sprint. Gilbert hasn't looked as strong to me this year anyway. That said, neither has GVA or Sagan.

Anyway, I think it'll be one of the following: GVA, Sagan, Benoot, Terpstra, or Stybar
 
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This edition is hard to predict as none of the big classic guys is clearly way above the rest. In my opinion Vanmarcke has shown best performance on cobbled climbs so far this season but I doubt he will be able to drop everybody and hold his lead to the finish. I predict a sprint from a group of 5 or 6 riders. I don't think there will be more than 1 QS guy in the front group. In such scenario it should be between GVA and Sagan.
 

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