Preview: Le Samyn 2024 – Who will beat Arnaud De Lie?

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• Monday, February 26, 2024 at 12:45 PM

We don’t have to wait long after the Opening Weekend. On Tuesday it is already time for Le Samyn. A very nice race, where the racing is always attractive and attacking. Who are the favorites for this year? CyclingFlits looks ahead!

History

Last ten winners Le Samyn
2023: Milan Menten
2022: Matteo Trentin
2021:  Tim Merlier
2020: Hugo Hofstetter
2019: Florian Sénéchal
2018: Niki Terpstra
2017:  Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
2016: Niki Terpstra
2015:  Kris Boeckmans
2014: Maxime Vantomme

Latest edition

Menten dislocated his shoulder due to this victory gesture – photo: Cor Vos

Result Le Samyn 2023
1. Milan Menten (Lotto Dstny)
2. Hugo Hofstetter (Arkéa Samsic) in zt
3. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) in zt
4. Alberto Dainese (Team DSM) in z.t.
5. Luca Mozzato (Arkéa Samsic) in zt

Course

The Le Samyn route has hardly changed compared to previous years. The start is again in Quaregnon, a town in the province of Hainaut. By the way, it has been since 2015 that the start of the Walloon race has been given here. The total distance from Le Samyn is 202 kilometers, which is seven kilometers shorter than last year. That’s about the only difference.

After the start, the riders head west towards Hautrage, followed by a northward loop through Autreppe and Leuze, among others. Just like last year, the peloton remains entirely on Walloon territory. Other than that, there isn’t much to say about the run-up phase of the match. There may be some wind, but normally nothing happens in this phase.

Samyn course 2024

After the riders have passed the 100 mark, they reach the first local circuit. They will complete this a total of four times. The first obstacle in that round is the Rue du Vert Pignon. The cobblestone section of a good 100 meters is a warm-up. Then follow the Roquette Coastof Rue de Wihéries and the Côte des Nonettes. These three obstacles are also very short.

Finally, the riders move to the cobblestones of the Rue de Belle Vue. In the intermediate zone the wind has free rein. On the cobblestone strip itself, the road is very narrow and the cobblestones are, as usual, in poor condition. In short: an ideal place to set the course to your liking. Moreover, this strip is only one kilometer from the finish. The finish in Dour is slightly ascending, which means that as a sprinter you can also explode in the last meters.

Sunday 27 February: Quaregnon – Dour (202km)
Start: 12.35 pm
Finish: between 5:20 PM and 5:40 PM

Favorites

Every year Le Samyn provides a great competition for the viewers. There is always racing and attacking, but in the end a fast man almost always wins. For our preview we look at strong riders who can also be fast in the last kilometer.

Who else? Arnaud De Liethen deserves the most stars. The golden boy of Lotto Dstny did not start the season too well, but must take his first victory of the season in Le Samyn. It is a course that is tailor-made for him. With defending champion Milan Mentenbut also strong riders such as Pascal Eenkhoorn and Alec Segaert next to him, De Lie is also well surrounded.

De Lie during the press conference in the run-up to the Opening weekend – photo: Cor Vos

Alpecin-Deceuninck is also coming to Wallonia with several contenders. The big name is Søren Kragh Andersen, who already finished sixth in Le Samyn. The Dane has the disadvantage that he may have to arrive alone, which is of course not self-evident. They still have them at Alpecin-Deceuninck Timo Chaliceback hand, which is dangerously fast after a difficult race. In other words, Kragh Andersen and Kielich can play it tactically.

They can do that too at Uno-X Mobility. There they even sit with two very fast boys, Rasmus Tiller in Søren Wærenskjold. The Norwegians can both handle a tough match, but are also quick to the finish. An ideal combination for Le Samyn. Wærenskjold was also able to win in the AlUla Tour this season, which will have given him confidence. Tiller was not yet able to do that, but he can bring extra experience with him. He came second in Le Samyn in 2021.

Coat of arms in the AlUla Tour – photo: Cor Vos

Hugo Hofstetteris the second former winner, besides Menten, who will be in action on Tuesday. Hofstetter secured a transfer to Israel-Premier Tech and was made for this match. He won in 2020, came second in 2022 and 2023 and came fifth in 2021. An impressive list. He already rode top 5 in the Tour de la Provence this season, but the Frenchman will still aim for more in Le Samyn.

UAE Emirates has several spearheads on Tuesday. It is difficult to name a leader, because both Alvaro José Hodeg and Sjoerd Bax are certainly not hopeless. We see the same scenario at DSM-firmenich PostNL, where they… Nils Eekhoff, Casper van Uden and John Degenkolb also bring along three strong riders. We give the most chances to Oliveira and Eekhoff.

In 2020 Hofstetter won Le Samyn – photo: Cor Vos

Our last two stars go to Dries Van Gestelin Laurence Pithie. Van Gestel is already an experienced rider and has done well in Le Samyn in the past. Together with teammate Anthony Turgis, he can form a dangerous duo. Pithie is a very young rider, but one with very talent. He had an excellent start to the season and seems ready to compete for places of honor in these types of races.

Finally, we mention a whole bunch of outsiders. This also includes Amaury Capiot, Luca Mozzato, Jenthe Biermans, David Dekker (all Arkéa-B&B Hotels), Vito Braet, Madis Mikhels, Laurenz Rex (all Intermarché-Wanty), Yentl Vandevelde (Flanders-Baloise), Sasha Weemaes, Loïc Vliegen (both Bingoal WB), Matteo Moschetti (Q36.5), Jelle Johannink (TDT-Unibet) and Timothy Dupont (Tarteletto-Isorex) not without a chance.

Favorites according to WielerFlits
**** Arnaud De Lie
*** Søren Wærenskjold, Hugo Hofstetter
** Milan Menten, Rasmus Tiller, Laurence Pithie
* Nils Eekhoff, Timo Kielich, Dries Van Gestel, Sjoerd Bax

Website organization
List of participants (WielerFlits)
Participants list (ProCyclingStats)

Weather and TV

There will almost certainly be no rain on Tuesday and the wind has also subsided somewhat compared to the weekend. 3 Beaufort is still forecast, which is certainly not little. Temperatures will be around 9 degrees Celsius.

Fortunately, Le Samyn can be followed live on television. Sporza, on VRT1, will broadcast the race. Eurosport 1 will also do the same. Finally, you can also follow online via the Eurosport.nl and Discovery+ channels. For the exact hours you can visit our TV guide Cycling on TV.

2024-02-26 20:08:12
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