Wout van Aert 'unlikely' to ride Tour of Flanders

Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team JumboVisma pictured in action during the mens GentWevelgem In Flanders Fields cycling race 2489km from Ieper to Wevelgem Sunday 27 March 2022 BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEM BELGA MAG Belga via AFP Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in action at Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images)

Wout van Aert’s participation in the Tour of Flanders is in doubt after the Belgian champion missed his Jumbo-Visma squad’s pre-race reconnaissance on Thursday due to illness. In a post on social media, Jumbo-Visma acknowledged that he was 'unlikely' to line up at the Ronde.

Already winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Saxo Bank Classic this season, Van Aert was the favourite to win the Tour of Flanders, not least due to the strength of his supporting cast at Jumbo-Visma.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.