Final race of the season: Famenne Ardenne Classic
The 2022 cycling season has gone by in quick fashion. There is only one race left on the calendar: next Sunday's Famenne Ardenne Classic in Belgium.
Famenne Ardenne Classic (UCI 1.1)
02.10 | Marche-en-Famenne - Marche-en-Famenne | 188 km
The Famenne Ardenne Classic has been away for two seasons, but finally the race can be organized once again. A strong peloton that hosts six WorldTeams and six ProTeams will sign the start sheet in Marche-en-Famenne, both starting and finishing location of this young race that is on to the fourth edition. Even tough we have seen this race end in a sprint from a bigger group two times before, the route offers plenty of opportunities to avoid it. After the start, the race takes the riders eastbound for a lap of 116 kilometers with four climbs in it: the Côte de Nassogne (4,0 km 4,5%), the Côte d’Ortho (3,0 km 5,5%), the Côte de Filly (Barrage de Nisramont) 3,0 km 5,0%) and the Côte de Warisy (3,7 km 4,6%). When the race approaches the finish line again, three more local laps of 24 kilometers are waiting. In this local lap, the Côte de Roy (2,3 km 4,8%) is situated and thus needs to be conquered three times. On the summit of the last ascent, there is sixteen kilometers left to the finish. As said: the route offers chances to make the race hard, but one can also expect the teams of Arnaud De Lie (Lotto-Soudal), Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) and Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) to take full control in order to be able to sprint for the victory.
The Leopard riders are eager and motivated to end the 2022 campaign on a high. The fact that the race takes place fairly close to the border with Luxembourg, also gives more motivation to go for a top result.
Leopard Pro Cycling
Louis Coqueret (FRA), Johannes Hodapp (GER), Kevin Inkelaar (NED), Elias Maris (BEL), Jarno Mobach (NED), Cedric Pries (LUX) and Mats Wenzel (LUX) - DS: Gaëtan Pons (LUX)