In the South of Spain start Wednesday, the 64th edition of the Ruta del Sol (2.BC). The stage race is looking for a successor for Alejandro Valverde last year, and also for four other years and won. This year he is not of the party. However, challenges Chris Froome, winner in 2015, and for the first time in a race since the announcement of his positive dopingplas.
The first and third stage in Andalucia are run for the sprinters. The top names in are not of the party, however, is to wait to see what Moreno Hofland, Sacha Modolo and the Romanian Eduard Michael Grosu could do in the sprint. And who knows may be our fellow countryman Tom Van Asbroeck surprise.
It is in the Ruta del Sol, and especially look forward to the battle for the championship. Thursday is an arrival on the top of the Alto de las Allanadas in Jaén, and also Saturday there is a lot of climbing. Exit do we do on Sunday with an individual time trial of 14.2 kilometers in Barbate. From the Belgian side, it can be expected that Tim Wellens will want to show off. He has this season, already one victory to his credit, with the Challenge Mallorca. Also in Andalusia, he is not pathetic, either for a win, who knows for a good classification. In addition to Tim Wellens, should also be expected that Ben Hermans will want to show on Spanish soil. Other Belgians at the start of Oliver Naesen, Sep Vanmarcke and Sean De Bie.
Though all eyes will undoubtedly be focused on Chris Froome. There is still no ruling on his positive salbutamolplas. And so Froome just quotes. His team set him, despite much criticism, not non-active. With a lot of training kilometers in the legs, so proved his Strava account, he is eager to fend off. “I can’t wait to start this season”, he noted on Twitter Tuesday morning. “I want to thank everyone for the support and patience in this difficult period. I do my utmost best to ensure that all as quickly as possible is resolved.”
Or he is received with open arms is very questionable. He will bring good for the day to come, and a second race, want to grab. Then he should deal with his former team mate Mikel Landa, and the Astana-block Jacob Fuglsang and Luis Leon Sanchez.
Main participants and Belgians
Team Sky: Christopher Froome, Wout Poels
Movistar:Mikel Landa, Andrey Amador
Lotto-Soudal: Tim Wellens, Maxime Monfort, Tosh Van der Sande, Jelle Vanendert
Astana Pro Team: Jakob Fuglsang, Michel Valgren, Moreno Moser, Luis Leon Sanchez
Team EF Education First-Drapac: Sep Vanmarcke, Tom Van Asbroeck, Sacha Modolo, Matti Breschel
AG2R La Mondiale: Oliver Naesen, Silvan Dillier
Team LottoNL-Jumbo: STeven Kruijswijk, Floris De Tier, Maarten Wynants
Wanty – Groupe Gobert: Guillaume Martin, Jerome Baugnies, Thomas Degand, Kevin Van Melsen
Direct Energy: Rein Taaramäe
Israel Cycling Academy: Ben Hermans
Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise: Dries Van Gestel, Christophe Noppe, Edward Planckaert, Jonas Rickaert, Thomas Sprengers, Preben Van Hecke, Aaron Verwilst
Veranda’s Willems – Crelan: Sean De Bie, Stijn Devolder, Michael Goolaerts
Check out all the Belgians and the favorites Wednesday to start in the Tour of the Algarve.