The phenomenon Van Aert beats Alaphilippe and wins San Remo

The Belgian and the Frenchman left at the Poggio and played the triumph in the sprint. In a week Strade and the Classicissima have won. Aranburu was seventh.


Wout Van Aert confirmed in San Remo all the expectations he had created and kicked down the door to be considered one of the best classics of the moment. The 25-year-old Belgian, who took to the road after winning the cyclo-cross world championships three times, scored his first monument after beating Julian Alaphilippe on the home straight after both were the strongest in the last climb, a Poggio that was crowned 5 km from the arrival. With the group of other favorites on his heels, Alaphilippe and Van Aert played the triumph and the Belgian was quicker to score the biggest victory of his career just one week after having conquered the Strade Bianche.

The race, in the longest edition in its history with 305 km, fulfilled the planned script and was decided on the legendary Poggio, which was crowned after 300 km. While many sprinters showed wear on their ramps, the rest of the favorites marked Vincenzo Nibali, as the Trek was the most active team in the final stage. The Italian did not disappoint and was the first major name to move and his attack was key ... for those who read that it was the wheel to follow. Julian Alaphilippe, who was already watching all the applicants on the first ramps, knew that it was his moment and continued to accelerate. Only Van Aert was able to keep within a safe distance that allowed him to link up with him on the descent and defeat the 2019 winner on the sprint. Michael Matthews completed the podium after being the fastest of the pursuers.

It was the outcome of a career that had its share of Spanish leadership. First, with a Héctor Carretero who leaked in the day's escape and spent more than 230 km and escaped for almost six hours. In the final stage, Alex Aranburu, the promising Basque cyclist from Astana, arrived in the front group and Gorka Izagirre was even seen shooting for Alaphilippe and Van Aert to play his trick that, although he had no options, finished with a creditable seventh post

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