Wout van Aert conquers Strade Bianche
Aug 02 2020 12:51 am CET

Wout van Aert conquers Strade Bianche
Wout van Aert conquers Strade Bianche
Wout van Aert by Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert has taken an emphatic victory at the 2020 Strade Bianche after riding 12 kilometres by himself.

The restart of the WorldTour season was 184-kilometres long over a route that included more than 60 kilometres of gravel sectors. The race started with a small escape of which only Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattolli) survived.

During the seventh sector of gravel, Pellaud was caught by the bunch and soon after a group five was created in front. This escapees included Max Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates).

With 19 kilometres to go, Schachmann launched an attack and was followed by Van Aert but in the next gravel sector they were caught by Fuglsang, Formolo and Bettiol, while Van Avermaet was left behind. Soon after it was Bettiol's turn to attack but the winner of the 2019 Tour de Flanders was joined by the rest moments later.

Van Aert launched a new attack with 12 kilometres to go and managed to create a gap with the rest, behind him only Bettiol, Formolo and Schachmann seemed to keep a fast pace to try to catch him, and the Italian of EF Pro Cycling was eventually also dropped.

The Belgian crossed the finish line by himself, after finishing twice in the third position in 2018 and 2019. Van Aert has successfully recovered from the serious injury he suffered during the individual time trial of the 13th stage at the 2019 Tour de France that left him out of racing for several months.

Formolo and Schachmann completed the podium of the Italian race.






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