X2O Trofee Hamme 2022 ME – Preview – Ciclismo Internacional

By @EchelonsHub

The Course

It is the weekend before the world championships and at this point all the riders who are hopeful of a strong result in Fayetteville must have strong legs and will have in this weekend their final tests. This Saturday we have the 6th round of the X2O Trofee and we’re in Hamme, the course is set to be dry and fast, although things can be different in some sections around that little lake, but  even if so it shouldn’t be crucial. 

There is no major climb to tackle, there are a couple of technical sections, one the riders go up and down a small bank, and the other we’ve got some off-camber action but it shouldn’t be too troubling, between those sections there really isn’t that much as the riders will have some fast and flat sections where it will be hard to cement gaps, the final portion of the route includes an iconic sweeping section in the woods.

Video: Recon of the course (95% the same as last year)

The Startlist

1.Lars van der Haar 2.Eli Iserbyt 3.Toon Aerts 4.Michael Vanthourenhout
5.Laurens Sweeck 6.Corne van Kessel 7.Tom Pidcock 8.Daan Soete
9.Tom Vandenbosch 10.Felipe Orts 11.Jens Adams 12.Timon Ruegg
13.David van der Poel 14.Thijs Aerts 15.Tom Meeusen 16.Lander Loockx
17.Diether Sweeck 18.Ugo Ananie 19.Seppe Rombouts 20.Clement Venturini
21.Cameron Jette 22.Arne Vrachten 23.Yentl Bekaert 24.Grégory Careme
25.Jonathan Anderson 26.Koen van Dijke 27.Thomas Verheyen 28.Julian Siemons
29.Julian Siemons 30.Jens Gys 31.Mathijs Wuyts 32.Ingmar Uytdewilligen
33.Robin Alderweireld 34.Siebe Tormans 35.Kenneth van Compernolle 36.Nick Peers
37.Yelle Leaerts 38.Maarten van Staeyen 39.Klaas Groenen 40.Andy Ruts
41.Gauthier Heymes

The Favourites

An important weekend. The last round of the World Cup in Hoogerheide comes on the following day so we may not see some riders invest their 100%, but a win is available and a win is a win, the overall cup seems wrapped up with Toon Aerts looking set for the win so it doesn’t seem like that will be important to the outcome tomorrow.

In Flamanville Pauwels Sauzen dominated the race and they have the chance to do the same tomorrow. Despite being a lightweight Eli Iserbyt is better suited to these flatter routes specially in the dry conditions, tomorrow may be another day although it’s not overly technical, but having Laurens Sweeck in great form, and having Michael Vanthourenhout and Toon Vandenbosch as further weapons make for a very strong team that can work for the win.

As competition Toon Aerts will naturally be in contention, being very consistent surely he will once again be on the fight for the win, and Lars van der Haar will also be present and provides Baloise Trek Lions with another weapon to grab an elusive win. The most dangerous rider though should be Tom Pidcock, back after a training block he is back on the startline and will be looking to consolidate things and put himself as the main contender for the rainbow stripes, Jens Adams and Corné van Kessel are also outsiders to watch for.

Prediction Time

1st– Toon Aerts

2nd– Tom Pidcock

3rd– Eli Iserbyt

4th– Lars van der Haar

5th– Laurens Sweeck

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Rúben Silva

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