Favorite Analysis Freccia Vallone 2022: once again the eyes are on Tadej Pogacar

There is no shortage of favorites for the Freccia Vallone 2022. Race among the least unpredictable, even if these days it is better not to take anything for granted given the dynamism of the new cycling phenomena, the middle race of the Trittico delle Ardenne will end once again on the Huy wall, a goal that exalts agile and powerful runners at the same time, with the waitness that reigns supreme, traditionally annihilating the tactics of those who want to try to play their cards differently. A scenario that in the last eight editions has seen only three riders win, with Marc Hirschi able to make the most of the opportunity he had in 2020 to enter the domain of Julian Alaphilippe, currently unbeaten since he interrupted the streak of four successes in 2018 consecutive of Alejandro Valverde, thus preventing him from winning his sixth.

Freccia Vallone 2022 Favorite Analysis

The three names mentioned will be at the start, but none of them will arrive there with the certainty of their condition or with the favors of the prediction. The bogeyman once again appears to be Tadej Pogacar, the terrible Slovenian who so far has shown that he can play his cards in every race in which he participates. Fresh from the disappointment of the Tour of Flanders, in the last two weeks the leader of UAE Team Emirates has not raced, refining himself specifically in view of the Ardennes and hardly misses the preparation, as demonstrated in the last three seasons by now. Captain of the UAE Team Emirates, the 1998 class has the qualities to make a difference in the last climb, but it cannot be ruled out that he may want to try something different, in his constant desire to have fun and have fun. A plausible scenario even thinking that he could thus leave the task of aiming for the sprint to Marc Hirschi, in search of the weight result that he still lacks since he changed teams. The Emirati formation also ranks Juan Ayuso And Diego Ulissiwho in any other team would be captains and it will be interesting to see how they are used.

More cards also for the Ineos Grenadiersthe team that has been able to impress the most in this classic campaign. Tom Pidcock And Michal Kwiatkowski are probably the best pawns of the team, with their quick and explosive cue, but in a scenario where you can try to play your cards differently, even runners like Daniel Martinez, Omar Fraile and Carlos Rodriguez are not to be underestimated. Orphan of Primoz Roglic, it will be interesting to see how to respond to the other battleship, namely the Jumbo-Vismawhich however shows up with Jonas Vingegaard who will want to try to seize the opportunity, without forgetting a Tiesj Benoot who missed the last few appointments just to play his cards even in these races.

Returning to the winners of the past, Julian Alaphilippe he will try to best honor the number one he won last year. Fresh from retiring at the Freccia del Brabant following the crash caused by his flagship, his conditions are unknown, but the team seems to have reassured him about his conditions and he is clearly a perfect runner for this race. he will have Remco Evenepoel, which in terms of characteristics is quite far from this race, unless you want to try to blow up the dealer from a distance, but it is certainly not one to back down. Otherwise it will be a potential launching pad for the teammate to keep the pace very high in the last kilometer and it could hurt many. Instead, he is practically the only captain Alejandro Valverde, who, on the threshold of 42 years, presents himself to the classics he loves most with many doubts about his condition given the complicated spring he experienced, with the retirement at the Volta a Catalunya as his last appearance. In his farewell season, however, he will do everything to make his mark, perhaps improving that third place he won just twelve months ago. Movistar also supports him Enric Masbut also for the Spanish climber it seems difficult to be able to play his cards in a race that is decided with a sprint like this.

Runners who on the other hand can do very well are clearly Benoit Cosnefroy (Ag2r Citroën) e Mike Woods (Israel-PremierTech), both climbed on the podium in 2020. The Frenchman arrives in splendid form and confidence after a good second place in the Amstel Gold Race and in a race even more suited to his explosiveness, he does not hide his ambition; on the other hand, the Canadian expert has returned from a much more complex and less exciting period, but he is growing and is a rider who has shown that he knows how to emerge when he does not expect it. Together with him also Jakob Fuglsang, himself far from brilliant so far, but he too has already finished this race on the podium, although certainly not the most suitable for his characteristics.

Among the most feared outsiders is a runner in splendid shape like Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Victorious), which this spring has shown once again that it is capable of playing its cards in practically every type of classic (and therefore why not this one), and the constant Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) who in this race finished four times in the top ten, approaching the podium in the last two editions. Attention also to the Spaniards Ion Izagirre And Jesus Herradawho drive a Cofidis in which Victor Lafay and Axel Zingle would like to continue to surprise, as well as a fast runner like Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange-Jayco). The Australian will not have an easy life in keeping the wheels of the group, but among the fast wheels he is certainly among those who best hold up the roughness and in a race like this it will be better not to have him at the wheel at the time of launching the final sprint.

Runners like Aleksandr Vlasov And Jai Hindley (Bora-hansgrohe), with the Russian in particular who showed a discreet quick start in small groups, Bauke Mollema And Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo), the latter revelation of the Amstel, Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix), on one of the few great occasions as a leader, Quinten Hermans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), whose cross-country characteristics could be enhanced on the final ramp, Soren Kragh Andersen (Team DSM), who knows how to surprise with a remarkable shot, Alexis Vuillermoz (TotalEnergies), although he has long since found the shot on garage ramps he had been particularly fond of, and a racer like Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), in turn one of the most versatile of the group.

As for the Italians, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan) has never had a great feeling with this race given its characteristics, starting above all to put other important kilometers in view of Liège – Bastogne – Liège and Giro d’Italia. In good shape it is Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Victorious), also quite fast runner even if he does not have great references in this race and it will be necessary to see the internal hierarchies in the team given the presence of riders like Gino Mader and Wout Poels .. The profile of the race would be on paper instead a lot suitable for Alberto Bettiol (EF Education – EasyPost), in turn, however, returning from a very complicated start to the season by various health problems, as well as Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), which also suffered at the recent Giro di Sicilia.

Bag of Favorites Freccia Vallone 2022

***** Tadej Pogacar
**** Benoit Cosnefroy, Tom Pidcock
*** Julian Alaphilippe, Marc Hirschi, Michal Kwiatkowski
** Remco Evenepoel, Dylan Teuns, Alejandro Valverde, Mike Woods
* Warren Barguil, Tiesj Benoot, Ion Izagirre, Daniel Martinez, Michael Matthews

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