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Team Sky have called in Sir Bradley Wiggins to their Tour of Flanders line-up as they look to bounce back from a bruising outing in last Sunday’s Belgian Classic Gent-Wevelgem.

Sir Brad has been drafted in to replace Ian Stannard, who showed great early-season form - taking the Classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad title before fracturing a vertebrae in Gent-Wevelgem at the weekend.

Wiggins last rode the Tour of Flanders for the, now defunct, team Crédit Agricole in 2005. Belgian Tom Boonen won the race that year.

This years route will not favour the sprinter though, as organisers have taken out swathes of flat road to motivate riders who fancy a breakaway.

Joining Wiggins on the 259km route will be fellow Brit Geraint Thomas, whose charge on the Paris-Nice podium last month ended in disappointment as he crashed out on the penultimate stage.

But Thomas has found the podium this season at E3 Harelbeke. The Welshman's Norwegian teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen, who joins the team for the Belgian race, also found the podium - joining Stannard on stage at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Also racing on the puncheur-friendly course are old-hands Bernhard Eisel, Christian Knees and Gabriel Rasch.

Completing the line-up for Sunday's race are Salvatore Puccio and Luke Rowe.

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Super Domestique [1619 posts] 3 years ago
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Strong line up.

I feel for Stannard though as he has been riding well. Hope he recovers well and can find his form again.

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jollygoodvelo [1677 posts] 3 years ago
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So, from a rough glance at a profile, the run-in is the Oude Kwaremont, then the Paterberg, then 14 km to the line. Wiggo isn't going to win, but if he stretches everyone up the Kwaremont they will have to chase, and G might be in shape to just follow...

Yeah, it's not going to happen. Cancellara's got this, all day, every day.

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colinth [191 posts] 3 years ago
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Not sure what will come first, "G" crashing or Wiggo climbing off

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Super Domestique [1619 posts] 3 years ago
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Well as long as it is not all the eggs in the EBH basket!

Too many times I've seen the team work to set him up and then he runs out of steam!

Go Bernie! (Although I know it won't happen)

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Simmo72 [666 posts] 3 years ago
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GT heading for a top 3.

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djpalmer32 [90 posts] 3 years ago
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..erm Road.cc you haven't updated the rider list on the Fantasy Cycling  45 3

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dave atkinson [6329 posts] 3 years ago
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we have now  3