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Sport: Paris-Roubaix. Who to beat Mathieu van der Poel? The point on favorites

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The Dutch Mathieu van der Poel (Alcin-Fenix) will be the favorite of the 119th edition of Paris -Roubaix, this Sunday, April 17th. But between the uncertainty around Wout van Aert, the thrust of the French, and the regulars of the hell of the North, the race looks very open. We take stock of the coast of favorites.

Who to succeed the Italian Sonny Colbrelli, winner last October of a Dantesque edition and now legendary? The context of this Paris-Roubaix 2022 looks very different, with a dry weather and much more favorable conditions. If a name, that of Mathieu van der Poel, is expected as the number one favorite, this 119th edition could give birth to a very open battle until Roubaix's velodrome.

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Mathieu van der Poel, the logical favorite

Winner of the Tour des Flanders, the Dutch could benefit from the absence of tadej pogacar, but also the uncertainty around the form of Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) for S 'impose, at 27 years, at its second participation in the North Hell.

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Besides, Raymond Poulidor's grandson does not really need to roast his competitors to form the legitimate favorite. VDP will be supported by a strong Alepin-Fenix ​​training, and especially by the Belgian Tim Merlier and Switzerland Silvan Dillier.

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edition Quid from Wout van Aert? Will

be 100%? This is the only question that is worth about Belgian, which has contracted COVID-19 lately and has not run again since Grand-Wevelgem on March 27th. After missing the Tour des Flanders, WVA maintains the suspense on its real form of form. It is very difficult to estimate at what level I situate, even if I'm not in the best possible condition, has declared Friday. Everything I lost during my inactivity, you simply can not recover it.

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, van Aert remains van Aert, and even if his experience of the hell of the north remains to be perfect (7th in October), he remains to classify among the contenders to victory .

The French in ambush ...

France always awaits the successor of Frédéric Guesdon, winner in 1997. But never, no doubt, the tricolor riders were as much able to weigh on the race. In addition to Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), 3rd of the last round of Flanders, and which it will be the first participation in Paris-Roubaix, it is obviously necessary to consider Anthony Turgis (Totalenergies), 13th last year, and Second of Milan-San Remo last March. The pedigree of the rider of Bourg-la-Queen is no longer to prove on the Flanders (4th Tour des Flanders 2020, 2nd across Flanders 2019).

Other specialist, Florian Sénéchal (Quick Step - Alpha Vinyl) will be at heart to grow a very disappointing classics campaign for the time for its training. The CAMBRESIAN itself is looking for significant results on the Flanders, but its 6th place in 2019 provides information on the French's ability to follow the best.

But the best French card obviously remains that of Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma). The old rider of the Cofidis is probably much more than a mere shoulder of Wout van Aert, as evidenced by this largely fructified team change, this winter (winner of stage on Paris-Nice, 2nd of the GP E3 and of Ghent-Wevelgem).

... and the regulars

they are a big dozen outsiders to lorg at minima a podium: Filippo Ganna (inevitals-grenadiers) which prepared the hell of the North ... on the track; Alexander Kristoff, only man capable of justifying the reign of the thirties on Paris-Roubaix (which he arguers for the 12th time); Mads Pedersen (trek-segafredo), rarely happy in Roubaix but coming out of April, including a very conclusive Sarthe circuit (double winner).

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© AFP In 2019, Philippe Gilbert had tamed for the first time Paris-Roubaix ... at 36 years old! Paris-Roubaix, whose 119th edition takes place this Sunday, April 17, is very generally the prerogative of the thirties. Question of experience and physical maturity. But that could (should?) Change this year. Even the dean does not marry as much with the oldest.

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