Wout van Aert: Beating stage racers at Tirreno-Adriatico is good for my confidence

SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO ITALY MARCH 16 Podium Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Celebration during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 7 a 101km Individual Time Trial stage from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto ITT Champagne Mask Covid Safety Measures TirrenoAdriatico on March 16 2021 in San Benedetto del Tronto Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) celebrates on the podium after his Tirreno-Adriatico time trial victory (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

On Tuesday afternoon Wout van Aert ended Tirreno-Adriatico as he had begun it seven days ago, with a stage victory, securing a second place overall ahead of far more esteemed stage racers in the process.

The Jumbo-Visma leader, who opened with a sprint win and closed with a time trial victory in San Benedetto del Tronto, finished the week ahead of Bahrain Victorious climber Mikel Landa, Ineos Grenadiers man Egan Bernal, and more, only losing out to 2020 Tour de France winner, UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogačar, in the week-long stage race.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

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