Matti Breschel and Fabian Cancellara did a number on the peloton last year, with the Swiss softening his rivals up for the Dane's solo attack 20km from the finish. But with Cancellara and Breschel leading the Classics squads for rival teams, we won't see a re-run of last year. The prestige that comes with winning this race is huge -- it catapulted Breschel to a team leader role at Rabobank last year -- so expect to see the Belgian hard men doing what they do best. Boonen and Cancellara will likely have an eye on Flanders and Roubaix, but even those two will be looking to hone their form and test their rivals' legs. The Vlaamse Wielerweek is about to kick off.COVERAGE ON CYCLING TV
Subscribers can watch the 2011 Dwars Door Vlaanderen live on Cycling TV, with highlights and other accoutrements following shortly. See below for live timings and links to on-demand content. The 2011 Dwars Door Vlaanderen is NOT available in Belgium, Denmark & France .
||23 March 2011, 13:25-15:50 (UTC) / Available on demand now
ONES TO WATCH
|He was like a cat toying with a mouse in last years race. Which doesn't really make sense, since he outwitted and outran the peloton. But if our commentators said he was "playing cat and mouse", that's what he was doing.
||Could probably win just for giggles, but is more likely to be more interested in kicking sand in the faces of his Flanders rivals. We're just looking for whatever pigeon-English insanity he Tweets immediately afterwards.
||Juan Antonio Flecha
|Big ring riding
at its best. He turned himself inside out on the roads to San Remo at the weekend, and finished fourth in this race last year. He also LOVES cyclo-cross, which is one more reason to cheer for him. Go go go!
||If it came down to a straight sprint between Flecha and a snail facing the wrong way, then by God almighty I swear that he'd still find a way to mess it up. If it doesn't come down to a sprint, Flecha could be the man jumping off the front.