Van der Poel and Van Aert separate their paths after Flanders

The postponement of Paris-Roubaix has caused changes in the calendar of both cyclists. Van Aert will run the Amstel Gold Race while Van der Poel will not.

The news of the postponement of the Paris-Roubaix to the weekend of October 2 and 3 due to the health situation in France has made many runners consider changing their calendar, including the two protagonists of the most anticipated duel on the cobblestones : Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel.

With the suspension of Roubaix, everything seems to indicate that the last great duel that we will see between Van Aert and Van der Poel on the roads in the coming months will be this Sunday at the Tour of Flanders, where both cyclists delighted us in 2020 with a spectacular duel which was decided on a beautiful sprint where the Dutchman was the fastest.

After the postponement of Roubaix, Van Aert has rushed to restructure his calendar and confirm his presence in the first big test of the Ardennes, the Amstel Gold Race (18 April). "I was hoping that Paris-Roubaix could be held next week. It is very sad, but I already have thought about what I will do after the suspension. With the state of my form, I do not want to go to rest after the Tour of Flanders. new targets are the Brabant Arrow and the Amstel Gold Race, "said Van Aert.

Who will not go to the Amstel Gold Race this year will be Mathieu Van der Poel, current champion of the event after his triumph in 2019 (in 2020 the Beer Classic was not held). Speaking to the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad Christoph Roodhooft, manager of Alpecin-Fenix, stressed that Van der Poel's goal now is to focus on preparing for the MTB test at the Tokyo Games. "That is Mathieu's intention now. He will take a break and then resume racing on June 5 with the Albstadt MTB World Cup." After the Tour of Flanders we will have to wait until Paris-Roubaix in October to enjoy the new duel between Van Aert and Van der Poel, one of the great current battles of the peloton.

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