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The DS' prognostics

A few directeur sportifs have been asked to give their prognostics on who will end up on the podium in Meerbeke on Sunday afternoon. While some of them have faith in their own riders (Peeters, Sergeant and Piva), others believe that their rivals will win (Maasen, Demol) - or is it all mind games? Courtesy of Het Laatste Nieuws.

Wilfried Peeters (Quick.Step): "It will be a hard, nervous race because of the wind. In the end the strongest will come to the front. And Tom wins."

2.Van Petegem

Marc Sergeant (Davitamon): "Already before the Muur Van Petegem and Hoste will go. Boonen will win the sprint of the chasers."

1.Van Petegem

Valerio Piva (T-Mobile): "Klier will arrive alone, after a 'demarrage' (breakaway) on the Bosberg or shortly after. Super-favourite Boonen will win the sprint for second."


Frans Maassen (Rabobank): "With a lead group of about five men they'll ride away in the finale. They'll stay together and Boonen will win the sprint."

2.Van Petegem

Dirk Demol (Discovery): "A group of about six, seven guys, with Bettini amongst them, will break away and put Boonen in a tight situation. Bettini will win the sprint."


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