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Teams confirmed for 2018 Tour of Flanders

Philippe Gilbert holding his bike in the air after winning the 2017 Tour of Flanders
Joe Robinson
31 Jan 2018

No room for Wilier Trestina or Direct Energy; Wout van Aert's Veranda's Willems-Crelan given spot

The teams for the 2018 men's Tour of Flanders have been confirmed with Wilier Trestina and Direct Energie both missing out on wildcard entries with Wout van Aert's Veranda's Willems-Crelan taking their place.

This means that Sylvain Chavanel and Pippo Pozzato, both former runners-up in the race, will miss out on riding Flanders in their final year before retirement, despite both finishing in the top ten in 2017, with the race opting for the unkown potential of van Aert.

The double cyclocross World Champion wll make his debut at the one-day classic with a debut at Paris-Roubaix scheduled for the next week. 

Van Aert has purposely restructured his 2018 cyclocross season around an attempt at these two Monuments, races he believes he can excel at.

These are ambitious targets for the 23-year old who is yet to ride much road at the highest level.

Veranda's Willems-Crelan will also have seasoned veteran and former two-time winner of Flanders Stijn Devolder as a potential plan b.

Plenty of attention will be on Vincenzo Nibali who announced he will make his debut at the cobbled classic this Spring ahead of a season that largely focuses on one-day race success.

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) will also be ones to watch as well as a Quick-Step Floors team that will contain contenders such as Zdenek Stybar, Niki Terpstra and defending champion Philippe Gilbert

For the women's race, 24 squads making the cut for the cobbled classic on Sunday 1st April. The race will be dominated by strong Dutch and Italian contingents who will boast four and five teams respectively.

As expected, defending champions Team Sunweb will headline the race, looking to guide young American Coryn Rivera to her second Flanders title.

Rivera managed to outsprint Australian Gracie Elvin who will look to go one better this year with her Mitchelton-Scott team. The Australian team will also have former race winner Annemiek Van Vlueten among their options

Eyes will be placed upon Boels-Dolmans, who will include former race winner Lizzie Deignan. The Dutch team has been largely dominant in the one-day classics over previous years and will look to continue their dominance.

Beyond Deignan, British hopes will lie with the Barnes sister, both of whom ride on the Canyon-SRAM team. Hannah Barnes managed to finish a respectable 19th in her race debut. 

British registered team Trek-Drops have also earned a place in the race for the third consecutive year.

The 2018 Ladies Tour of Flanders will take place on Sunday 1st April, before the men's race. Details of the women's course are yet to be revealed.

Tour of Flanders men's 2018 teams

A2gr La Mondiale (Fra)
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
Bahrain-Merida (Bhr)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger)
EF-Drapac (USA)
FDJ (Fra)
Lotto Soudal (Bel)
Movistar Team (Esp)
Mitchelton-Scott (Aus)
Quick-Step Floors (Bel)
Team Dimension Data (RSA)
Team Katusha-Alpecin (Sui)
Team Lotto NL-Jumbo (Ned)
Team Sky (GBr)
Team Sunweb (Ger)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
UAE Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Sport Vlaanderen Baloise (BEL)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert (BEL)
Veranda's Willems Crelan (BEL)
WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic (BEL)
Roompot-NL Loterij (NED)
Vital Concept (FRA)

Tour of Flanders women's 2018 teams

Lotto-Soudal (BEL)
Experza-Footlogix (BEL)
Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport (BEL)
Boels Dolmans (NED)
Team Sunweb (NED)
WaowDeals Pro Cycling (NED)
Parkhotel Valkenburg (NED)
Mitchelton-Scott (AUS)
Canyon-SRAM (GER)
Ale Cipollini (ITA)
Aromitalia-Vaiano (ITA)
Valcar PBM (ITA)
Astana (ITA)
Bepink (ITA)
Team Virtu (DEN)
Cervelo-Bigla (DEN)
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA)
Movistar (ESP)
Wiggle-High 5 (GBR)
Trek Drops (GBR)
Cylance (USA)
Tibco-Sillicon Valley Bank (USA)
BTV Ljubjana (SLO)
Hitec (Nor)