Belgian ace Wout van Aert won the E3 one-day cycling classic on Friday as his Jumbo team once again proved too powerful for their rivals.
Jumbo attacked after 80 kilometres, splitting the peloton. Then, with 42km to go, Van Aert and his new French teammate Christophe Laporte dropped what was left.
The duo were part of a Jumbo effort that put a stranglehold on the recent Paris-Nice stage race, where the team twice swept the stage podium places with an astonishing demonstration of strength.
"The team was impressive. I have to thank every single one of the guys to set us up in the final. Me and Christophe were supposed to be more defensive," Van Aert said after the race.
"This is how we want to race and this is the way everybody believes we can have the biggest chance of winning."
Frenchman Laporte won stage one of Paris-Nice when Van Aert and Primoz Roglic moved aside to let the newcomer cross the line ahead of them.
On Friday, Laporte returned the gesture."Wout was the stronger of us today, he helped me over the late climbs, so there was no question of who was going to win," said Laporte.Van Aert, who won three stages on last year’s Tour de France, was also the world ranked No 1 one day racer for 2021.And on this 204km run around Harelbeke on Friday he demonstrated why, with his power and savvy.Swiss rider Stefan Kueng crossed the line over 1min 35sec adrift in third place, with Milan-San Remo champion […]