(Belga) The Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan will take the Lotto Soudal team on the roads of Milan-Sanremo, the first Cycling Monument of the season. On Saturday, the peloton will cover 293 kilometers between Milan and Sanremo, where Jasper Stuyven’s successor will be known.
Ewan, 27, has already raised his arms three times this season, bringing back stages from the Tour of Saudi Arabia, the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var and Tirreno-Adriatico. Twice on the second step of the Classicissima podium, in 2018 behind Vincenzo Nibali and in 2021 behind Stuyven, Ewan now has the ambition to put his name on the list of winners of the Italian classic. Philippe Gilbert will also be at the start of the only Monument that does not appear on his impressive track record when he will contest his last season among the professionals. However, the 39-year-old Remoucastrien does not seem able to fill this gap. He has not yet signed a top 10 in 2022 and retired on Sunday during the last stage of Paris-Nice. The Belgian formation will be completed by Florian Vermeersch, 2nd in the last Paris-Roubaix, Maxim Van Gils, Frederik Frison, the Australian Harry Sweeny and the German Roger Kluge. (Belgian)