Wout van Aert: Strade Bianche is one of the strongest fields of the year

Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team JumboVisma pictured in action during the Strade Bianche one day cycling race 184km men from and to Siena Italy Saturday 01 August 2020 BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on his way to victory in Strade Bianche in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After winning the race just six months ago, Jumbo-Visma star Wout van Aert is set to defend his Strade Bianche title on Saturday.

The Belgian rode a course recon on Thursday afternoon ahead of his latest showdown with Alpecin-Fenix's Mathieu van der Poel, as well as World Champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), and more big names besides.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.