2021 Strade Bianche, March 6th

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here's what the papers think:

Gazzetta dello Sport:
* **** Alaphilippe, van der Poel
**** van Aert
*** Pogacar, Bernal, van Avermaet, Pidcock
** Fuglsang, Bardet, Brambilla, Formolo
* Bettiol

Het Nieuwsblad:
* **** van Aert
**** Alaphilippe, van der Poel
*** Fuglsang, Pogacar, Bettiol
** Mollema, Pidcock, van Avermaet, Bardet
* Wellens, Stybar, Bernal, Formolo, Küng
The final climb into Siena isn't that ... impossible for heavier riders though. Because it isn't that long. It all depends on what is left in the legs. In 2015 GVA and Styby really destroyed Valverde (who was still the peak Valverde).

But the rider best suited for this particular hill is probably Julian, since he combines the power and the explosivity with a lower body weight.
Reactions: Krokro
Really hope that Mathieu can shine today. In the WVA/MVDP paradigm I'd love him to beat Wout in such a race (one can dream)!
I just struggle to see why there's such a hype for Pogacar for today's race.