Wout Van Aert ready to fight for overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico

Wout Van Aert (Image credit: Getty Images)

Wout Van Aert was beaten in the uphill sprint by arch-rival Mathieu van der Poel at Tirreno-Adriatico on Friday but the Jumbo-Visma leader found a silver lining in defeat, extending his lead on his overall rivals to 20 seconds before Saturday’s vital mountaintop finish at Prati di Tivo. 

“He’s always one of my biggest rivals but his team worked for it today. I was up there and had the legs to win and so that’s disappointing. But it’s not all negative today,” Van Aert said in the post-race press conference, keen to hose down any attempt to inflame his rivalry with van der Poel.

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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.