Riders to Look Out for at the Tour of Flanders Men in 2024

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The Tour of Flanders, or Ronde van Vlaanderen, remains one of the most prestigious and challenging races on the professional cycling calendar. Known for the punishing cobbled climbs in Flanders, such as the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg, it tests riders’ endurance, tactics, and resilience like few other races. Historically, legends like Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara, and more recently, Mathieu van der Poel, have triumphed on its brutal course, marking themselves as icons of the sport. As the 2024 edition approaches, several riders have emerged as top contenders, each bringing their unique strengths to the fore in anticipation of conquering the fabled Flemish roads.

Mathieu van der Poel

Mathieu van der Poel enters the 2024 Tour of Flanders as a favourite, having already etched his name in the annals of the race’s history with previous victories. His 2024 season has been stellar, with significant wins that showcase his exceptional form. Van der Poel’s capability to dominate on both the cobbled sections and the short, steep climbs of Flanders gives him a solid chance of adding another victory to his palmarès. His explosive power, tactical intelligence, and remarkable ability to recover quickly make him a formidable opponent in any race scenario, promising another thrilling performance at this year’s Ronde.

Stefan Kung
Stefan Küng

Stefan Küng

Stefan Küng, a time-trial specialist with a knack for the classics, has shown promising form leading into the 2024 season. While perhaps better known for his prowess against the clock, Küng’s performances in the Northern Classics indicate a growing affinity for the cobbled challenges. His power on flat sections and ability to maintain a high pace over long distances could serve him well on the roads of Flanders, especially in breakaway situations or in controlling the race in the final kilometres. Küng’s tactical awareness and endurance make him a good option for a top finish, should the race dynamics play to his strengths.

Alberto Bettiol
Alberto Bettiol

Alberto Bettiol

Alberto Bettiol, the 2019 Tour of Flanders winner, has consistently proven his capability on the Flemish cobbles. His understanding of the race’s nuances, combined with a strong season start in 2024, positions him as a rider to watch. Bettiol’s well-timed attack in 2019 on the Oude Kwaremont showcased his tactical acumen and strength, qualities that he continues to refine. As a rider who knows what it takes to win here, his experience and form give him a decent result chance, making him a central figure in any race predictions.

Pierre Gatherat

Pierre Gautherat

Pierre Gautherat, although a lesser-known name compared to his counterparts, has emerged as a dark horse for the 2024 edition. His early-season performances have caught the eye of many within the cycling world, suggesting a rider on the verge of a breakout result. Gautherat’s ability to handle the cobbles and climbs, combined with strong team support, could see him upset the more established favourites. His strengths lie in his climbing ability and tenacity, qualities essential for a race as demanding as the Tour of Flanders. Keep an eye on Gautherat as a rider with the potential for a surprise podium finish.

Oier Lazkano
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Oier Lazkano

Oier Lazkano, known for his aggressive riding style and willingness to animate the race, is another rider to watch. Despite being relatively new to the level of competition at the Tour of Flanders, his performances in early 2024 suggest he’s ready to take on the challenge. Lazkano’s propensity for getting into breakaways and his solid climbing skills could make him a notable contender, especially if the race sees an early selection. His youthful enthusiasm and bold tactics give him a shot at a memorable result, marking him as an exciting prospect for this year’s race.

As the peloton readies itself for the 2024 Tour of Flanders, these riders, each with their distinctive strengths and achievements, are poised to make their mark. Whether through tactical nous, explosive power, or sheer determination, their efforts on the Flemish cobbles will undoubtedly contribute to the legend of this historic race.

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