Van Aert bonks at end of rough Paris-Roubaix

Wout Van Aert suffered a mechanical and a crash, with a long solo chase back to the peloton

One of the men who coloured the 2019 edition of Paris-Roubaix was without a doubt Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ). A lot was expected from the triple cyclo-cross world champion – last year, he figured in the finale on his debut, but that performance was overshadowed by the passing of his teammate Michael Goolaerts. This year, Van Aert impressed in Strade Bianche, Milano-Sanremo, Gent-Wevelgem and E3 BinckBank Classic. He entered Paris-Roubaix as one of the major favourites and he didn’t disappoint. Despite being forced to chase back to the main group twice, first after a mechanical in the Arenberg Forest and then after a crash after a bike switch, he still managed to feature in the decisive breakaway 50km from Roubaix. 20km from the finish line, however, a hunger flat cost him his place up front. The 24-year-old faded back to 22nd place at the vélodrome where he collapsed ...

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