The total cyclist

Wout van Aert, silver in the chrono, has already dominated cyclo-cross with three world titles, and now shines in all the specialties of the route.

The World Cup Friday started with the announcement by Ineos of four signings in one go: Richie Porte, third in the Tour; Daniel Felipe Martínez, winner of the Dauphiné and a stage at the Grande Boucle; Laurent de Plus, emerging Belgian climber; and Thomas Pidcock, the jewel of the British quarry. A month before he had already announced the hiring of Adam Yates, yellow in the recent Tour. After his huge fiasco in the French round and the confirmation that Egan Bernal does not have the same reliability as previous leaders, he has pulled his checkbook to revolutionize his squad. It is the advantage of having a budget of 46 million, notably above the competitors: UAE (30), CCC (21), Jumbo (20), Movistar (17)… Failures are quickly covered with bills. From this policy of signing the best in the market and good watts for all terrains, the gold of the time trial also comes. Italian Filippo Ganna, 24, showed off at Imola with that power and aerodynamics that had already given him four other rainbow jerseys in pursuit on the track.

The Ineos is the total team, but the total cyclist wears other colors. Wout van Aert took the silver in the clock to confirm his enormous versatility. The Belgian, who has already dominated cyclo-cross with three world titles, now shines in all the specialties of the road. In this limited season he has been able to win two classics as diverse as Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche, to conquer two stages in the Tour, to sprint with the best sprinters ... But the most surprising thing has been to see him overcome the great ports of the French round with climbers. Van Aert finished the Tour 20th. A performance that pushes us to think that, if he proposed it, he could also fight for a great stage lap. Another thing is that you want to propose. I may be happier that way.

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