Wout van Aert only finished outside the top ten of a daily result for the second time this season in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic on Friday. The leader of Jumbo-Visma exploded on the last hill and crossed the line in eleventh place.
“The lights suddenly went out on the Tiegemberg”, said Van Aert after the semi-classic won by Dane Kasper Asgreen. “Suddenly I had to sit down and it was game over.”
The Belgian placed the first breakaway in the group with favorites on the Tiegemberg, with 20 kilometers to go. But when Mathieu van der Poel took over the attack, Van Aert had to pass. As a result, he ended up in a second group and did not return to the front.
“I have mixed feelings about this race,” said the Fleming. “My place was supposed to be in the front group, but that was not possible today. It is a pity that the legs were empty on the Tiegemberg. I felt good, so I did not see it coming. After that it was giving until the end, but in the front. of course they did not sit still. ”
Flat tire at an unpleasant moment for Van Aert
Just like Van der Poel, Van Aert had the problem that Deceuninck-Quick-Step was very strong. Asgreen’s team continuously had a numerical superiority, which meant that the two top favorites had to do a lot of head work. Van Aert also got a flat tire with 80 kilometers to go and then had to chase extra.
“Before the Taaienberg, I already felt that the band was deflating a bit. That was a very bad time to change, so I waited until there was no other way. I probably saw the arrow I had in the final. came short, “said Van Aert.
“Together with Mathieu I have done everything to it, but Deceuninck-Quick-Step proved to be very strong as a block. They deservedly won the race. It’s a shame today, but fortunately Gent-Wevelgem will arrive on Sunday.”
Results Wout van Aert in 2021
- Strade Bianche: 4e
- 1e etappe Tirreno: 1e
- 2e etappe Tirreno: 3e
- 3e etappe Tirreno: 2e
- 4th stage Tirreno: 9th
- 5e etappe Tirreno: 3e
- 6th stage Tirreno: 13th
- 7th stage Tirreno: 1st
- Milaan-San Remo: 3e
- E3 Saxo Bank Classic: 11e
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