Van Aert: We'll start Omloop with ambition but not with a knife to our throat

Wout van Art with his 2022 Jumbo-Visma teammates
Wout van Art with his 2022 Jumbo-Visma teammates (Image credit: Jumbo-Visma)

Wout van Aert will make his road season debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, keen to take on the combined might of QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, Tom Pidcock and his other Classics rivals, yet without the pressure to win and to be at his very best for far bigger goals in March and April. The Opening Weekend race is more a test for his reinforced Classics team.

The Jumbo-Visma team leader is hungry for success but is also focused on being at his best from Milan-San Remo on March 19 until Paris-Roubaix on April 17 — a month packed with major classics and major goals.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.