Van Aert against the sprinters

The Belgian of the Jumbo starts as a favorite in a Belgian classic in which, despite the tough climbs, he has a suitable route for sprinters.


Wout van Aert has been racing for ten days in which he has had time to fight for two prestigious classics (4th at the Strade, 3rd at San Remo), as well as winning a time trial, a sprint and finishing second overall in a race as tough as the Tirreno. Such is its versatility that it begins among the candidates for any race and it will not be different this Sunday at the 83rd Ghent-Wevelgem (15:15, Eurosport), one of the most prestigious Belgian classics.

A 254 km test in which there is a risk of fans in the well-known De Moeren area and opportunities to break the race on its ramps, with climbs such as Vidaigneberg, Baneberg, Monteberg and Kemmelberg, one of the key points since it will be promoted three times, the last 35 km from the finish line.

However, despite the difficulties, the race offers an opportunity for sprinters to reach the end and that is why many of the best sprinters on the scene have signed up, such as Sam Bennett (the Deceuninck has five victories in 2021), Laporte , Demare, Kristoff ... or more classic riders like Pedersen, winner in 2020 and capable of being very fast at arrivals, Van Avermaet, Gilbert ...

In the footsteps of Freire

A classic that only has one Spaniard in its track record, Óscar Freire, winner in 2008. A feat that Iván García Cortina will try to repeat, the great Spanish trick in a Movistar with Erviti, Lluis Mas and Sebastián Mora.

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