Wout van Aert allays doubts with Gent-Wevelgem victory

WEVELGEM BELGIUM MARCH 28 Podium Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy and Team Qhubeka Assos Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Matteo Trentin of Italy and UAE Team Emirates Celebration during the 83rd GentWevelgem in Flanders Fields 2021 Mens Elite a 254km race from Ypres to Wevelgem Trophy Celebration Mask Covid Safety Measures GWE21 GWEmen FlandersClassic on March 28 2021 in Wevelgem Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the top step of the podium at Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

With a commanding win at Gent-Wevelgem, Wout van Aert has confirmed himself as one of the top favourites for next week’s Tour of Flanders.

The 26-year-old made it into the first echelon with Jumbo-Visma teammate Nathan Van Hooydonck with 180km to go, and the group was whittled down by the strong wind, the climbs and the unpaved Plugstreets that followed. At the finish in Wevelgem, Van Aert out-sprinted a select group of very fast men to get a win he was longing for.

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