De Vlaeminck praises Van Aert and Van der Poel's 'big class' ahead of Flanders

De Vlaeminck praises Van Aert and Van der Poel's 'big class' ahead of Flanders

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2019 11-time Monument winner was previously critical of Tom Boonen and his Classics exploits Four-time Paris-Roubaix winner Roger de Vlaeminck is a notoriously hard man to impress, having routinely criticised riders such as Tom Boonen. However, two riders in the current peloton have caught the 71-year-old's eye. In an opinion piece for Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad , the 11-time Monument winner has praised cyclocross starlets Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel as the strongest Classics riders in the peloton currently. Thinking back to the weekend's Gent-Wevelgem, De Vlaeminck wrote: ' The strongest man in the race? Wout van Aert!' before extolling the quality of both. 'If you have big class, then you can do everything. From the moment Van der Poel and Van Aert became professional cyclists, I knew that they would be two very good road racers. The best in Belgium and Holland. ...

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