Wout van Aert outlines changes to improve Spring Classics strategies

Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team Jumbo-Visma pictured in action during a training session ahead of the 118th edition of the 'Paris-Roubaix' one day cycling race, from Compiegne, near Paris to Roubaix, Thursday 30 September 2021. Due to the ongoing corona virus pandemic, the 2020 edition was cancelled and the 2021 edition was postponed from spring to autumn. For the first time, there will be a women's race Paris-Roubaix as well. BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN (Photo by DAVID STOCKMAN/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) training for Paris-Roubaix in 2021 (Image credit: David Stockman/Belga/AFP/Getty Images)

Belgian superstar Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has confirmed that he will be applying a different strategy to the upcoming Classics season but insisted that his squad is also taking a new, much more thorough approach to these races, too.

Regardless of where they finally appeared in the pandemic-affected calendar in 2020 and 2021, over the past two years Van Aert has sometimes won and nearly always shone in races as varied as Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, Amstel Gold, Paris-Roubaix and Gent-Wevelgem.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.