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Totally late to the party, but yes he will. Why wouldn't he?
Why he wouldn't?
Because he always tries to keep his periods at peak shorter than I would prefer him to.

But cool that he will ride in the opening weekend again - and I was even later to the party, as I hadn't seen that before you posted.

And to sprints n stones:
You should probably write Dwars instead of Flanders, as your post seems to suggest that he may not ride De Ronde. Which he of course will.
Nov 20, 2018
Strade and Amstel are also lacking. And Omloop but he will probably not race that again.

And Giro stages.

These are Sagan's top tens from races he (so far) did not win:

Omloop: 2nd, 2nd
Strade: 2nd, 2nd, 4th and 8th
MSR: 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 4th, 6th and 10th
Amstel: 3rd and 4th

Tirreno-Adriatico: 2nd
Binck Bank Tour: 3rd and 7th

(and you can add 2nd nad 4th at La Vuelta's PC)

His worst best result from a race he has a chance to win is 3rd. Insane.
For those interested, and able to understand Dutch, there will be an extra episode of Vive le Vélo wednesday on Belgian national TV, and livestreamed on (chances are you'll need a VPN if you're watching online from abroad). Normally you'll also be able to watch with from across Europe, but you'll need a (free) confirmed Belgian account.

Looking back at 2019 with Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel and Eddy Planckaert.

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There used to be TTs in the race, albeit often MTTs, but since the rise to prominence of Purito, they have disappeared. Now, however, the top Catalan cyclist is Marc Soler, and if we look over the last 2 years, he's pretty decent at ITTs of this kind of length - 2nd over 18,4km in Paris-Nice '18, 5th over 14,2km in Ruta del Sol '18, 9th over 31km in the '18 Tour, 9th over 25,5km in Paris-Nice '19, 14th over 19,2km in Suisse '19, and 8th over 36,1km in the '19 Vuelta. In TTs where he's motivated and in races he's targeting, he's very competitive. That may influence some thinking.
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Anyone here a fan of an ex-pro Maurizio Vandelli?

Obviously he was no super star (though finished 10th in the '88 Giro) but nevertheless, you can now bid to get his signed jersey on this site. Auction closes in less than 2 days and there's no bidder yet so chances are high. Part of the proceeds should go to a charity so I hope posting this here is fine.