Cycling, Europeans 2022: who will participate? Belgium and Holland are scary. But Italy …

The online test of the 2022 European Cycling Championships promises to be a bargain for sprinters. The very easy path through the streets of Munich suggests a sprint in compact ranks , except for coups or forceful actions that could reshuffle the cards on the table and give a more open race. The last 65 km will be in a circuit to be repeated five times, entirely flat, although the layout should not be underestimated.

Belgium and Holland are the big favorites on the eve , as they will be able to count on those who at the moment seem to be the best sprinters of the moment, at least among those present at the continental event. On the one hand Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen , on the other Fabio Jakobsen . Both trains are well equipped and the two Nationals will be called upon to make the run. Secondly, the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff and the Danish Mads Pedersen will also be considered.

We are talking about fast wheels of absolute thickness and that know how to win. Italy has triumphed in the last four editions of this event , but this year the undertaking will be even more complicated. The team set up by the coach Daniele Bennati is certainly compact and can count on thick elements, a train driven by the engine of Filippo Ganna is the envy of everyone and Matteo Trentin’s experience is certainly not to be underestimated.

We will need to compact to try to pull the sprint to Alberto Dainese. The 24-year-old won the Reggio Emilia stage of the Giro d’Italia and was subsequently third at the Cahors finish line in the Tour de France. The DSM Team bishop will try to be in the game, he will have to find the sprint of the best days. Attention to Giacomo Nizzolo , who triumphed in 2020 beating giants of the caliber of Démare, Ackermann and van der Poel: the Brianza knows how to wear the blue-starry jersey …

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