Van Aert ready for Tour of Flanders debut

Wout Van Aert (Vérandas Willems-Crelan)

In November, the Belgian media was asking 'What's up with Wout Van Aert?' . Fast forward to Easter 2018 and the Belgian triple 'cross world champion will line out for his debut Tour of Flanders as an outside favourite for victory. After a lacklustre start to the 'cross season, Wout Van Aert re-found his winning legs to claim a third straight rainbow jersey. The 23-year-old carried his form into his first road classics season with Vérandas Willems-Crelan and placed 32nd at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. His third place at Strade Bianche a week later confirmed his road potential. Van Aert has continued to be a presence in the classics, building for the crescendo of Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. "I'm in the best shape I can be. I'm really looking forward to my first Tour of Flanders. But I don't consider myself a favourite," Van Aert said ahead of the Belgian ...

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