Van Aert confirms road racing credentials with Strade Bianche podium

Wout van Aert attacks

Wout van Aert admitted he had been surprised to be invited to the Strade Bianche pre-race press conference and nervous to sit between Peter Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski. Yet he showed he deserved his place at the table with a third place on the podium behind Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) in Saturday's race. Helped along by rain that turned the gravel roads to mud, Van Aert showed that he can successfully translate his cyclo-cross prowess to WorldTour road racing with an aggressive performance. "I don’t think I had anything to lose. I did the 'cross season and I wanted to do these races to learn as much as possible. Sometimes you learn more with trying and losing than if you don’t try at all. That was my mindset," he explained after enjoying his moment on the podium in Piazza del Campo in Siena. Snow during ...

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