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Van Aert with a ‘small chance of winning’ in Liège-Bastogne-Liège debut

Van Aert with a 'small chance of winning' in Liège-Bastogne-Liège debut

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) will make a previously unplanned debut at Liège–Bastogne–Liège on Sunday, his appearance in the oldest Classic the result of his COVID-19…

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Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) will make a previously unplanned debut at Liège–Bastogne–Liège on Sunday, his appearance in the oldest Classic the result of his COVID-19 disrupted campaign that saw him miss the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold Race. After previewing the course on Thursday, Van Aert said he has "a small chance of winning" in an interview published in Het Nieuwsblad .

Van Aert was among a large group of men and women who took advantage of the route inspection, in particular the final climb of the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons and descent to the finish in Liège as well as the race-making Côte de la Redoute which riders crest with 29.4km to go.

"I give myself a small chance to win, a big one to get a nice result," Van Aert said after seeing the route .

Jumbo-Visma will be without 2020 Liège–Bastogne–Liège winner Primož Roglič, who is struggling with a knee problem. The Slovenian will lead the team for La Doyenne along with Tiesj Benoot, and was out training on a sunny day in Belgium with his team.

Van Aert reportedly had to change bikes at the base of the Haute Levée and explained he wanted to test a different handlebar.

"It was a bit of a shock when I noticed that the Walloon roads were even worse than the Flemish ones," Van Aert said. "I already knew the climbs by the way and also the order.

"It was a tricky reconnaissance, but I already knew that. I train here […]

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