It’s now fully into the 2022 cobbled classics season. The E3, Gent-Wevelgem, and a number of other weekend and midweek events through March have given cyclists a taste for the notoriously difficult Flemish cobbles and bergs.
How to Watch Tour of Flanders 2022
As expected, Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) won Gent-Wevelgem last weekend.
To add to her already remarkable palmares, the world champion bested former world champions such as Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) and sprint standout Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx).
Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) of Eritrea won the men’s race by a wide margin, setting a personal best and besting the performances of many more seasoned sprinters, including Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma), Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), Mads Pederson (Trek-Segafredo), and many more.
A few Cyclists to keep an Eye on in Flanders
Alexander Kristoff, Girmay’s teammate, will be starting the 2022 “De Ronde” without him but will look to carry the team’s enthusiasm into the second monument of the year. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) will be tagged in case they start the race.
Tom Pidock, fresh from a third-place finish at the Dwars door Vlaanderen, and Ethan Hayter will represent Ineos Grenadiers.
Alejandro Valverde, who defies chronological ageing, is the team’s favourite rider, but Astana-Qazaqstan, which includes Nibali and Gianni Moscon, is sending the younger Vincenzo Nibali. Matej Mohoric, the 2022 Milan-San Remo winner (and dropper-post technical wizard), will be racing for Bahrain-Victorious.
After finishing third at Milan-San Remo and then winning the Coppi e Bartali a week later, not to mention the Dwars door Vlaanderen two days after, Mathieu van der Poel seems to have found his form and is a strong contender for the podium.
Some of the riders from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl hoping to take home the “Wolfpack” title include bib-number-one Kasper Asgreen, Yves Lampaert, and Zdenek Stybar.
After all of Israel-Premier Tech’s riders dropped out of the race on Friday due to injury and illness, bettors might want to rethink their wagers before the bookies close.
It would be foolish to count out Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team), who is wearing bib #1, despite the fact that Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) is the prohibitive favourite among women’s riders.
Despite the fact that American Megan Jastrab (Team DSM) is set to compete, her Dutch compatriot Lorena Wiebes is the clear favourite to place highly.
Following her victory at Gent Wevelgem, Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) has become a well-known cyclist.
Three women, Lucinda Brand, Elisa Longo Borghini, and Ellen van Dijk, will be rallying behind her. Having Lotte Kopecky, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, and Demi Vollering on their team gives SD Worx a serious punch.
Where and how to watch the 2022 Tour of Flanders in the USA
The United States’ cycling enthusiasts would be wise to keep their Flo Sports subscriptions active.
Web browsers and mobile apps will be able to access the FloCycling coverage of De Ronde. The men’s race will begin streaming at 3:55 a.m. EST, and the women’s race will follow at 9:00 a.m. EST.
When and where to watch the Tour of Flanders in Europe in 2022
Fans in Europe can watch the race online via Flo Sports, EuroSport, and the EuroSport app (with a paid subscription).
This year, the event is also being streamed live on GCN+, with coverage of the men’s race beginning at 08:30 CET and broadcast of the women’s race beginning at 14:00 CET.
How Australians can catch the Tour of Flanders in 2022
Australia’s SBS Viceland and online viewers can see cyclists tackle the Flemish cobbles. On Sunday, April 3, from 18:00 to 20:00 AEST, the men’s race will air on SBS OnDemand, and on Monday, April 4, from 20:00 to 00:45 AEST, it will air on SBS Viceland. Monday, April 4 at 00:45 – 02:00 AEST, tune in to SBS Viceland to watch the women’s race.
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