Dwars door Vlaanderen 2015 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

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Dwars door Vlaanderen

We’re now firmly in classics season after Milan – San Remo last weekend. Dwars door Vlaanderen is the start of ‘Flanders week’ which sees 4 top quality races in a short space of time. Something to look forward to! This race is a combination of cobbles and steep climbs, a early tester for the Tour of Flanders but also those looking to impress in Paris – Roubaix. Traditionally Belgians win this race however after a modern re-scheduling more and more other riders have been winning too.

Dwars door Vlaanderen Profile

Dwars door Vlaanderen Profile

Dwars door Vlaanderen Contenders

Niki Terpstra has won this race twice in the last three years and lines up on Wednesday too. Naturally he is the favourite.

2013 winner Oscar Gatto lines up for Androni and after strong performances at Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo, is definitely in the mix. 2010 winner Matti Breschel also lines up as leader of Tinkoff-Saxo. Breschel did well in Milan – San Remo, finishing 12th which is surely an indicator of good form.

Other riders in with a chance are Cofidis’ Nacer Bouhanni, who has been on the verge of a big win this year but seems to lack the lead out train. Trek’s Giacomo Nizzolo, MTN’s Tylar Farrar (or Boasson Hagen who looked good last weekend), Lotto’s Jens Debusschere are all good shouts for a top ten finish or higher with the right amount of luck. Astana’s Lars Boom should do well too although may get left behind if caught out by the attacks on a steep section.

Dwars door Vlaanderen Outsiders

This smaller sort of race can allow genuine outsiders a chance to shine. Edward Theuns of Topsport can do well, as can Raymond Kreder of Team Rompoot Oranje. Both are locally based and have the ability to make the selection near the finish.

Dwars door Vlaanderen Prediction

1 – Niki Terpstra
2 – Giacomo Nizzolo
3 – Matti Breschel

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Mathew Mitchell

My name is Mathew Mitchell, 30 from Staffordshire, UK. Over the last few years I've got more and more into cycling, from the first innocent Sportive events to Audaxes, Go-Races, British Cycling racing and now Time Trials.

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7 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    Great review, I am trying to get more into cycling and more knowledge of all the pro riding. I hardly know anythingvatvthe moment but am getting more and more clued up thanks to your posts ! Thanks

    • Mmitchell says:

      That’s quite alright! Pro cycling has many different layers to delve into and a huge amount to learn.

      Have you got found any favourite riders/teams yet?

      • Steve says:

        Not yet I am thinking I will really like Cyclocross especially seeing as just got a new cyclocross bike! Not to sure on teams yet but I know the Belgian teams are pretty impressive

        • Mmitchell says:

          That’s something I’ve never actually had a go at other than just messing around with my road bike going across fields – I try and avoid the actual muddy stuff! Certainly this time of year the Belgians do very well in their own backyard and everyone expects the Quickstep guys to win every race going.

  2. Mmitchell says:

    1 – Niki Terpstra (18th)
    2 – Giacomo Nizzolo (DNF – Crash)
    3 – Matti Breschel (12th)

    Outsider: Edward Theuns (2nd)