Pogacar, to complete the collection of the Ardennes in Flecha Wallonne

Tadej Pogacar is one step away from expanding an increasingly varied repertoire of hits, from fulfilling the objective with which he began his tour of the Ardennes last Sunday. And it is that after the enormous recital with which delighted fans at the Amstel Gold Race, the slovenian is only a triumph of completing the famous ‘Triptych’, by the way, equaling in another statistic for the history of his legendary predecessor in this devouring cycling records, Eddy Merckx.

To do this, you must raise your arms this Wednesday at the walloon arrow (Eurosport 2 and TDP, 2:30 p.m.), a scenario in which, incredible as it may seem, he still doesn’t know what it is to win. We will have to see if the fifth time is the charm, since in his previous attempts didn’t even come close to fighting for glory: 53rd in 2019, 9th in 2020, DNF in 2021 and 12th in 2022. Things look very different this time, with a pogi unleashed that he has chained recital after recital so far this season: 11 victories in 17 days of competition. Everything that is not a victory for the Slovenian prodigy will be a major surprise.

Profile of the Fleche Wallonne 2023.
Profile of the Fleche Wallonne 2023.ASO

Pidcock, Healy, Mas and Landa, the opposition

However, and although it is true that stars like Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel will not be present, The list of candidates that Pogacar will have to face is of the highest level. Beginning with those who followed his wheel for the longest time at Amstel, Tom Pidcock and an amazing Ben Healy who is proving to be the true revelation of the season in the latest classics with his second places in Brabanzona and Amstel.

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The range of applicants does not end there, since Mikel Landa and Enric Mas, Despite the fact that the explosive finish does not favor them, they may have a lot to say based on the good legs they have been showing throughout this course. With them, Pello Bilbao and Alex Aranburu complete the Spanish presence in a list of outsiders which also includes Sergio Higuita, Neilson Powless, David Gaudu, Michael Woods, Romain Bardet, Giulio Ciccone, Alexey Lutsenko or Tiesj Benoot. They are waiting for us eleven levels, 194 km and the classic Muro de Huy (1.3 km at 9.6%), where not only forces influence but also good previous positioning, as a final climax. All against Pogacar.

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