Wout van Aert finds solace in Milan-San Remo defeat to Van der Poel

SANREMO, ITALY - MARCH 18: Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo – Visma crosses the finish line in third place during the 114th Milano-Sanremo 2023 a 294km one day race from Abbiategrasso to Sanremo / #MilanoSanremo / #UCIWT / on March 18, 2023 in Sanremo, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) finishes third at 2023 Milan-San Remo, just ahead of Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Wout van Aert could only praise eternal rival Mathieu van Poel on his victory at Milan-San Remo and try to find solace in his own performance and third place on the final podium.

The Jumbo-Visma rider dragged Van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) across to Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) on the decisive part of the Poggio but had no reply when Van der Poel then surged near the summit.

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Stephen Farrand
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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.