Wout van Aert flexes his muscles with Tirreno-Adriatico sprint win

LIDO DI CAMAIORE ITALY MARCH 10 Arrival Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Celebration Fernando Gaviria Rendon of Colombia and UAE Team Emirates during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 1 a 156km stage from Lido di Camaiore to Lido di Camaiore TirrenoAdriatico on March 10 2021 in Lido di Camaiore Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) won the opening stage at 2021 Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) dominated the opening sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico on just the second day of his 2021 season, but he played down the idea that it was a way of responding to rival Mathieu van der Poel's Strade Bianche victory or an indication that he could go on to be an overall contender at the Italian stage race.  

Van Aert proved at the 2020 Tour de France that he likes long, clean sprints and he used his power to leave some of the best sprinters in the world shaking their heads in anger and regret in Lido di Camaiore. 

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