Van Aert ready for switch from cyclo-cross to Strade Bianche

Cyclo-cross world champion Wout Van Aert races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018

Wout Van Aert is a three-time cyclo-cross world champion but admitted he was nervous when he sat down between Peter Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski at the pre-race Strade Bianche press conference on Friday afternoon. The Belgian's latest world title and his desire to compete in the spring Classics helped his Verandas Willems-Crelan team secure a late wild card invitation to Strade Bianche. He is arguably an outsider but his presence at Strade Bianche has added an extra twist to the race, sparking huge fascination in Belgium and huge curiosity about if his cyclo-cross skills will help him be competitive in one of the hardest races of the season. "I'm sitting between two great riders I'd never met until five minutes ago," Van Aert admitted with a smile. "I was perhaps more nervous for the press conference than for the race, which is actually stupid because as a cyclo-cross rider I ...

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