With a accumulation of hills in the second part of the race, it’s a fair bet the fireworks will be detonated there. The last peak is crested with 8 kilometres left.
Greg Van Avermaet is top favourite. The homerider is on a winning streak, besting Peter Sagan in both Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Tirreno-Adriatico. In Omloop his 22-year old compatriot Tiesj Benoot was very strong as well, so he is another rider to watch. Same holds true for Jasper Stuyven, another young (Belgian rider, who took Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after a brilliant solo. Potentially a sprinter, Stuyven is not afraid of short (cobbled) clims.
Niki Terpstra (2012, 2014), Oscar Gatto (2013) and Jelle Wallays (2015) know what it’s like to win Dwars door Vlaanderen.
Favourites Dwars door Vlaanderen 2016
*** Niki Terpstra, Greg Van Avermaet, Tiesj Benoot
** Jasper Stuyven, Dylan Groenewegen, Jelle Wallays
* Oscar Gatto, Moreno Hofland, Jesper Asselman
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