Wout van Aert: Mathieu was just a bit stronger at Tour of Flanders

Dutch Mathieu van der Poel of AlpecinFenix and Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team JumboVisma pictured in action during the Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour des Flandres Tour of Flanders one day cycling race 241 km from Antwerp to Oudenaarde Sunday 18 October 2020 BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) at the 2020 Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A couple of centimetres – that was all that separated Wout van Aert from a victory at the Tour of Flanders and another addition to one of the most impressive seasons in recent memory.

In the end, it wasn't to be for the Jumbo-Visma phenomenon. In Oudenaarde, he was outsprinted by long-time rival Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), pipped on the line after the pair had proved the strongest – with a pinch of luck – of the race.

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