Van Aert warns for Flanders

The Belgian won the first World Tour classic in his country at Wevelgem. Nizzolo was second and Trentin, third. Next Sunday, the Tour of Flanders.


Wout van Aert conquered his first classic World Tour in Belgium, the Ghent-Wevelgem. The 2020 Strade and San Remo, his other top-flight pieces, he won in Italy. At the finish line, his wife, Sarah, and their baby, Georges, were waiting to celebrate the victory. A warning from the Belgian for the Tour of Flanders, his "priority objective", next Sunday, April 4. The Jumbo leaked two men in the final cut, so he played his numerical superiority wonderfully. Nathan van Hooydonck's tremendous work took Bennett and Van Poppel off the hook, reduced Van Aert's opponents to five, controlled his arrival and launched perfectly. Cast, Nizzolo (second), Trentin (third), Colbrelli, Matthews and Küng headed for the slaughterhouse in the final sprint.

However, the race was broken at 180 kilometers due to crosswinds and fan formation. The movement caught Iván García Cortina, who was never able to link up with the leading group, off his feet. Erviti and Lluis Mas, who were cut off at the last level, Kemmelberg, did get there. To date, the Asturian's best place in one-day events in 2021 is 11th at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. And of the six First Classics contested, Deceuninck dominates in 50%: Ballerini took Het Nieuwsblad; Bennett, La Panne; and Asgreen, E3. Van der Poel (Strade), Stuyven (San Remo) and Van Aert (Wevelgem) scored the rest.

The Bora and the Trek were not authorized to participate in the Ghent-Wevelgem. On Friday, the German line-up did not compete at the E3 Saxo Bank Classic after Matthew Walls tested positive for COVID-19. The doctor responsible for the health protocol determined that 17 people from the Bora were considered high-risk contacts. The quarantine imposed until April 1 means that it will also cause a casualty in Across Flanders, on Wednesday. For its part, the US team reported two adverse cases detected between Friday and Saturday.

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