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

Wout van Aert previews the Cote de la Redoute before his Liege-Bastogne-Liege debut
Wout van Aert previews the Cote de la Redoute before his Liege-Bastogne-Liege debut (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

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.

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