Wout van Aert: After the finish I didn't know if I had won Amstel Gold Race

Amstel Gold Race 2021 - 55th Edition - Valkenburg - Berg en Terblijt 218,6 km - 18/04/2021 - Wout Van Aert (BEL - Jumbo - Visma) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/CV/BettiniPhoto©2021
An anxious Wout van Aert awaits for confirmation of the result at Amstel Gold Race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

They say a sprinter never needs to wait for the photo finish to know the result. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) would beg to differ. He endured minutes of uncertainty after a remarkable edition of Amstel Gold Race, where he edged out Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) by the tightest of margins in a three-up sprint.

Van Aert hesitantly raised an arm after passing the finish line, albeit more in hope than celebration, and he already wore an expression of concern by the time he had screeched to a halt. He briefly broke into a smile after being told over his radio earpiece that he had won, but his countenance darkened again as he made his way towards the podium, with word reaching him that the commissaires were in fact still reviewing the photo finish.

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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.