Van Aert expecting Tour of Flanders to come down to bigger group

Team Jumbo-Visma riders Mike Teunissen, Wout Van Aert and Maarten Wynants at a press conference in G

Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) is expecting victory in this Sunday’s Tour of Flanders will be fought out between a group at the finish line, rather than a lone breakaway. Van Aert believes that the favourites – of which he said numbered around 10-15 – are so close together that it makes it difficult for riders to establish a significant gap over the other major contenders. “We’ve seen a lot of times that there are breakaways but there are always small gaps, and when the course is not quite so hard, like we saw in Gent-Wevelgem, we see a very big group going to the finish line,” Van Aert told the press at his team’s hotel in Ghent. “I think that everyone is quite close to each other, and then it’s more important to have a very strong team because it will be very likely that we’ll have a ...

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