Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert will line up for Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday understanding that he has simply two extra races at which so as to add to his burgeoning street palmarès this season. The 26-year-old says that his ambitions are the identical for each Gent and his last race, the Tour of Flanders, on October 18: to win.
“This street season, I am going to begin in two extra races,” Van Aert confirmed on his crew’s web site on Saturday, with what would have been a 3rd race – Paris-Roubaix on October 25 – having been cancelled on Friday.
“I am going to trip each with the ambition of successful,” he mentioned. “Gent-Wevelgem is just not merely a preparation for the Tour of Flanders for me; I need to take part within the last there.
“My situation has been superb for a very long time now,” he mentioned, with Van Aert’s triumphs this season having included victory at Strade Bianche at first of August, adopted by victory at Milan-San Remo, two stage wins on the Tour de France and silver medals in each the time trial and the street race on the World Championships in Imola, Italy, final month.
“In Imola, I felt that I might come out of the Tour de France properly,” mentioned Van Aert. “I’ve additionally felt tremendous throughout coaching, so hopefully I can proceed that good kind for a number of extra weeks. My season has already been profitable, in precept. Extra high performances are a bonus. Nonetheless, I do not need to miss a chance, and I am actually centered on the approaching interval.”
He’ll be capable of get pleasure from robust help at Gent-Wevelgem from a Jumbo-Visma cobbled Classics squad that features Mike Teunissen, the skilled Maarten Wynants and Amund Jansen, who was additionally a part of this yr’s Tour crew.
Sunday’s race would be the third time that Van Aert has lined up for Gent-Wevelgem, with the Belgian having completed tenth throughout his first outing there in 2018 and twenty ninth final yr.
The next weekend, it would even be the third time that he is taken on the Tour of Flanders, and, equally, he crept into the highest 10 with ninth place in 2018 and completed 14th there final season.
Jumbo-Visma for the 2020 Gent-Wevelgem: Pascal Eenkhoorn, Amund Jansen, Timo Roosen, Mike Teunissen, Wout van Aert, Taco van der Hoorn, Maarten Wynants