Tour of Flanders Men: 5 contenders, 5 outsiders

Tour of Flanders 2022 10 riders to watch Getty Images
Mathieu van der Poel, Tom Pidcock, Tadej Pogačar, Victor Campenaerts, and Kasper Asgreen are among our riders to watch on Sunday (Image credit: Getty Images/Composite)

The 2022 Tour of Flanders is just hours away, with the riders and teams making their final preparations ahead of the grand finale of the Belgian cobbled Classics season.

Sunday afternoon will see 175 riders take to the cobbles and bergs of Flanders and do battle for victory at the biggest race in Belgium, a mammoth 272km ride from Antwerp to Oudenaarde across famous hills such as the Koppenberg, Steenbeekdries, the Taaienberg, Oude Kwaremont, and the Paterberg.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix