6 teams are invited with wildcards besides the 19 pro tour teams: Accent.Jobs – Wanty, Crelan-Euphony and Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise from Belgium, Cofidis and Europcar from France, and IAM Cycling from Switzerland.
Peter Sagan, Philippe Gilbert, Lars Boom, Filippo Pozzato, Edvald Boasson Hagen, and of course Tom Boonen are this year’s favorites. Check out Race Preview for more detail about the route.
The startlist of the 56th edition of E3 Harelbeke
E3 Harelbeke is the first world tour race of the 2.5 week long cobbled classics season. With its first edition dating back to 1958, E3 Harelbeke is a 210 kilometers long course that starts and finishes in Harelbeke, located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The race, originally named Harelbeke-Anvers-Harelbeke, takes it name from the E3 motorway that was built in mid sixties.
Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen holds the record for most wins with 5 victories followed by Rik Van Looy (4) and Jan Raas (3). More recently Fabian Cancellara won the race back to back in 2010 and 2011 and Filippo Pozzato was victorious in 2009.
Roma Maxima is the new installment of Giro del Lazio, a 1.HC semi classic from Italy in the UCI Europe calendar, which was not run since 2008 and Blel Kadri from Europcar got his most prestigious win of his career so far on 3 March, Sunday.
After spending 90 kms in a 4-rider breakaway, Bilal Kadri made a second break and soloed the last 35 kms alone to win the 75th edition of this semi classic. Another 4-rider chasing group led by Cannodale’s Vincenzo Nibali failed to catch Kadri and got caught by the bunch group in the final kilometer. Which resulted to a bunch sprint on the cobblestones of central Rome, won by Filippo Pozzato of Lampre, celebrating, believed he had won the race for a second. With no race radio allowed, probably he was not the only one unaware of Kadri, but still the 26-year-old Frenchman won this race on a day he was not supposed to race at all, replacing Steve Chainel since he was ill.
Roma Maxima 2013 Results
1. Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4:26:27
2. Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 37″
3. Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team