Van Aert steps forward as a Classics favourite

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma)

Once again, triple cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) showed that he has the capabilities to win road races at the highest level. Two weeks ago, he finished third in Strade Bianche and last week, the 24-year-old Belgian rider sprinted for the victory in Milano-Sanremo. On Friday afternoon, he sprinted for the victory in E3 BinckBank Classic , the WorldTour race that preludes the 'holy week', the Flemish spring Classics campaign that concludes with the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Greg Van Avermaet knew that from now on Van Aert was one of the big boys. "It's mostly about having the legs. He's riding very well. It was man vs man in the final 40 kilometres. They don't get much harder than this one," Van Avermaet said. Van Aert was very happy with his performance, even though he narrowly missed out on his first Classic victory. He ...

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