As the European racing comes to a close,the riders travel to Belgium for the last time in 2013.They’ll be delighted to hear that the weather forecast is good!
The route has changed from last year,although the circuit in Binche remains the same.
In 2012,Adam Blythe won the sprint finish and we will get another sprint this year.
After finishing 2nd in 2012,Adrian Petit of Cofidis has to fancy his chances this year.A few other of the 2012 top 10 are returning:
Wynants(7th) – Belkin
Bille(9th) – Lotto
Lotto also have Jens Debusschere,fresh from his GC success in Tour de l’Eurometropole.
The other big name riders are:
Greg Van Avermaet(BMC)
Samuel Dumoulin(AG2R) – 2nd in the Tour de Vendee on Sunday
Lars Boom and Mark Renshaw(Belkin)
Danny Van Poppel(Vacansoleil)
GVA has recently completed the Worlds and Lombardia,so he’ll be riding in support of a teammate.
It’s very hard to predict the outcome in these races as it’s not always clear who the leaders are.
I’ll play it safe and say Petit will improve on 2nd in 2012 with a win.