Dwars door Vlaanderen 2024: Favourites

Wout van Aert - Dwars door Vlaanderen 2024: Favouritesfoto: Cor VosDwars door Vlaanderen is not as demanding as the Tour of Flanders, but the ingredients are the same. Sharp hills and cobbles. Who'll power to a confidence boost ahead of Sunday's High Mass? Cyclingstage.com brings you the pretenders to win Dwars door Vlaanderen.

One could argue that Dwars door Vlaanderen is a final test before Sunday’s showdown. But not all big guns show up. In fact, the biggest gun of all keeps his powder dry until De Ronde. Mathieu van der Poel is saving fuel, so lesser gods will be eyeing their chances. But, still gods to be reckoned with. For instance Wout Van Aert and Mads Pedersen.

The Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg have been taken out of the last 35 kilometres since Dwars door Vlaanderen was moved to the Wednesday before the Tour of Flanders. The idea was to make the race less demanding. Which worked out in a way, but Dwars door Vlaanderen is a brutal test anyhow with its relentless series of short and often cobbled climbs and stretches of pavé.

The Flemish classics of this season were won by Tratnik (Omloop Het Nieuwsblad), Van Aert (Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne), Philipsen (Brugge-De Panne), Van der Poel (E3 Saxo Classic) and Pedersen (Gent-Wevelgem). Jasper Philipsen (Milan-Sanremo) and Tadej Pogacar (Strade Bianche) celebrated in the Italian Classics.

Favourites 2024 Dwars door Vlaanderen

**** Wout van Aert, Mads Pedersen
*** Matteo Jorgenson, Tim Wellens, Jasper Stuyven
** Michael Matthews, Jasper Philipsen, Oier Lazkano
* Søren Kragh Andersen, Alberto Bettiol, Jonathan Milan, Tiesj Benoot

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