Van Aert: I fired my best arrows chasing Pogacar on the Poggio at Milan-San Remo

Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo - Visma, Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo - Visma and Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team Alpecin-Fenix climbing the Poggio di Sanremo (160m) during the 113th Milano-Sanremo 2022 a 293km one day race from Milano to Sanremo / #MilanoSanremo / on March 19, 2022 in Sanremo, Italy. (Photo by Luca Bettini - Pool/Getty Images)
Jumbo-Visma teammates Wout van Aert and Primož Roglič (center) chasing on the Poggio (Image credit: Luca Bettini - Pool/Getty Images)

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was inevitably drawn into the strongest-man contest with Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) on the way up the Poggio, but it was Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) who swooped away with the main prize over the other side. Now 115 years into its history, Milan-San Remo remains as beguiling as ever.

In the pandemic-delayed edition of two years ago, Van Aert’s inclination to go all-in served him well when he tracked Julian Alaphilippe’s decisive acceleration on the Poggio and then outsprinted him on the Via Roma. This time out, Van Aert’s instincts were similar, and he followed each of Pogačar’s four rasping attacks on the way up the final climb after the UAE Team Emirates squad had led from the Cipressa.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.