House rider Wout van Aert fends off Giacomo Nizzolo, Matteo Trentin to win eventful Gent-Wevelgem

House rider Wout van Aert fends off Giacomo Nizzolo, Matteo Trentin to win eventful Gent-Wevelgem

The highly effective 26-year-old, who gained the Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche classics in 2020, got here second on this 12 months’s Tirreno-Adriatico and has emerged as a serious power within the sport.

Home rider Wout van Aert fends off Giacomo Nizzolo, Matteo Trentin to win eventful Gent-Wevelgem

File picture of Wout Van Aert. AP

Wevelgem: House rider Wout van Aert of Jumbo-Visma gained an eventful Gent-Wevelgem biking traditional in Belgium on Sunday, edging Italian pair Giacomo Nizzolo and Matteo Trentin.

The highly effective 26-year-old, who gained the Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche classics in 2020, got here second on this 12 months’s Tirreno-Adriatico and has emerged as a serious power within the sport.

“This victory counts a lot to me, it being my first home-road race win,” stated Van Aert, winner of dozens of cyclocross races in Belgium.

Nizzolo was gracious in defeat.

“I can not be too upset as a result of effectively, the most effective man gained at present,” he stated.

The 247.5km race was hit by two groups pulling out as a result of optimistic COVID-19 exams, whereas a mid-race fireplace close to the end line additionally noticed organisers scramble to reroute the closing kilometres.

“We had been all a bit misplaced with the rerouting however the organisers had been proper to reroute,” Nizzolo stated. “You possibly can’t say it modified the result.”

Irish rider Sam Bennett put in a courageous try however sudden winds put paid to his efforts over the already powerful cobble-strewn and hill-laden run by Flanders.

Van Aert had a teammate Nathan Van Hooydonck (seventh) with him in a long-range 20-man breakaway that regularly whittled down on a quick and hard race.

“We had been in a position to launch early sufficient. All the pieces went excellent and no person got here previous,” stated Van Aert, who ran out of steam on the final traditional he raced, the Milan-San Remo.

“The entire day within the crosswinds, this can be a huge effort however positively price it,” stated Van Aert, who raised his arms in victory over the cobbled end line.

“This units me up properly and I can go into the Tour of Flanders subsequent week with a number of confidence.”

A hearth at an industrial web site alongside the route virtually stopped the race however organisers had been fast to reroute it with the riders simply 80km away.

 

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