Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe analyse Tirreno-Adriatico – where Wout Van Aert outsprinted the sprinters and out time trialled the time triallists; Matthieu Van der Poel also won a sprint and a hilly stage and Tadej Pogacar was better than both of them on the big climb and won the race overall.
But where does this leave us before the weekend’s near 300-kilometre Classic? Will Van der Poel and Van Aert take lumps out of each other on the Poggio? Will the world champion Julian Alaphilippe try to go from further out? Will the sprinters sit tight and wait for their chance in the finishing straight? Or will, as Daniel predicts, Filippo Ganna take a flyer in the final kilometre?
We discuss all that and ask whether this is the age of the Galácticos?
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