For Bettiol, the real prize of his monument win is the confidence that he can compete with the best.
Roubaix, Flanders, Vuelta all on provisional road schedule for 2020 alongside challenge for Olympic mountain bike title.
Due to their length, the five monuments of cycling are in a class of their own when it comes to the physical demands. Paris-Roubaix may be the hardest of all.
When it comes to cycling sportives, The Tour of Flanders is the grand classic. Traversing many of the same famous narrow roads and bergs as the WorldTour race, the Belgian sportive has been going on for decades with participation capped at 16,000. Roll Massif’s Ben Delaney jumped into the fray again this year with VeloNews editor Fred Dreier.
Classics up-and-comer Wout van Aert says he ran out of energy at the end of Flanders but criticizes Peter Sagan for disrupting the chase in the final kilometers.
With a long list of contenders, a tough ride over the Muur that split the peloton, and an uncooperative chase, Alberto Bettiol seized the moment — and the victory.
Before the 267km Tour of Flanders, we visited each of the 25 teams to find out their gear selection, their tire choices and pressures, and their novel solutions.