Caleb Ewan ahead of the 2021 Tour de France.

Caleb Ewan is targeting San Remo, the Giro, and the Tour in 2022

Philippe Gilbert is eyeing the hillier Classics this season, while Florian Vermeersch will feature for Lotto Soudal in the cobbled races.

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Lotto Soudal has announced the 2022 programs of some of its biggest names, confirming that Caleb Ewan has his sights set on Milan-San Remo, the Giro d’Italia, and the Tour de France this year.

The 27-year-old Australian rode to runner-up honors at San Remo last season and then won two stages at the Giro before crashing out of the Tour on stage 4.

Considering his track record (he was also second in 2018), Ewan has high hopes for this year’s edition of Milan-San Remo, which takes place on March 19.

“My two earlier second places prove that I can come a long way in Milan-San Remo,” he said. “The team has helped me to prepare myself perfectly this winter, so I believe that we can deliver a top performance this year again.”

Later in the season, Ewan will look to add to his current tally of 11 career stage wins in the Grand Tours.

“I really appreciate that the team is giving me the confidence again to go for stage wins in those big races,” he said. “Last year the guys did a great job helping me get two stage wins in the Giro. I was unlucky in the Tour, but I am ready to show myself again this year amongst the best riders in the world.”

Ewan will get his season underway at the Saudi Tour, and his expected program will then take him to the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San remo, the Oxyclean Classic Brugge-De Panne, Gent-Wevelgem, the Giro, and the Tour.

Lotto also revealed that Philippe Gilbert has his sights set on the hillier Classics in what will be the final season of his lengthy career. At least as of January, the former Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix winner is not expected to race either cobbled Monument. His early-season program includes the Challenge Mallorca, the Tour de Provence, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Le Samyn, Paris-Nice, Milan-San Remo, the Volta a Catalunya, the Amstel Gold Race, the Brabantse Pijl, La Flèche Wallonne, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The team will also have Tim Wellens lining up for the Ardennes Classics, in addition to a number of other races that suit him.

Florian Vermeersch, who finished second at Paris-Roubaix in October, will be a key player for Lotto Soudal in most of the cobbled Classics. His program includes the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Le Samyn, Strade Bianche, Nokere Koerse, the Bredene Koksijde Classic, the Oxyclean Classic Brugge-De Panne, the E3 Saxo Bank Classic, Dwars door Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders, the Brabantse Pijl, and Paris-Roubaix, and later in the year he will race the Vuelta a España.

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