Wout van Aert: The last time up the Kwaremont was the moment I collapsed

Ronde van Vlaanderen 2021 - Tour of Flanders - 105th Edition - Antwerp - Oudenaarde 263,7 km - 04/04/2021 - Wout Van Aert (BEL - Jumbo - Visma) - photo Tim van Wichelen/CV/BettiniPhoto©2021
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Even before the final reckoning on the Oude Kwaremont, Wout van Aert perhaps already sensed that this wasn’t going to be his Tour of Flanders. After making the race at Gent-Wevelgem a week ago, the Jumbo-Visma man often seemed to find himself chasing it on Sunday afternoon.

Van Aert was still in contention come the finale, of course, and he still had the strength to join the day’s pivotal move, tracking eventual winner Kasper Asgreen’s attack over the top of the Kruisberg in the company of eternal rival Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). 

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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.