Wout Van Aert: After The Paterberg, Flanders Was Over For Me
The writing had been on the wall from the Oude Kwaremont just a few kilometres earlier, but Wout van Aert 's hopes of Tour of Flanders victory were definitively wiped out on the Paterberg. The Belgian Jumbo-Visma rider, who was third at Strade Bianche, sixth at Milan-San Remo and third at the E3 BinckBank Classic last Friday, was one of a number of favourites for an open edition of De Ronde, and perhaps the home nation's leading hope. However, despite early signs of aggression after the Muur van Geraardsbergen with just under 100km to go, the 24-year-old faded in the finale and had to settle for 14th place. He finished the race in a group of 16 riders, behind solo winner Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) , who had escaped on the final ascent of the Oude Kwaremont and held his lead over the Paterberg and the 13-kilometre run-in to ...
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