Wout van Aert says that he thinks profitable the Tour de France within the close to future is unrealistic, however stated he does wish to chase the final classification at Tirreno-Adriatico subsequent yr.
Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has had one other superb yr on the street after getting back from a horrific crash within the 2019 Tour de France time trial, profitable the 2020 Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, and phases on the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour.
The Belgian time trial champion says that his intention remains to be totally on the Classics, however with just a few further objectives on the aspect as he continues to search out his limits.
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In an interview with Sport/Voetbalmagazine, Van Aert stated: “Increasing my Traditional document stays a precedence. I’m not going to alter that plan to intention for a classification within the Tour.
“Sure, I went for a very long time within the excessive mountains, however there’s a huge distinction between main as much as 5 kilometres from the highest and going to the end, and to be there day by day for 3 weeks,
“Actually profitable the Tour is unrealistic and I don’t wish to pursue that in the interim. Additionally as a result of it’s important to practice in a totally completely different method than for the Classics.”
Van Aert has proven that he is likely one of the finest Classics riders within the professional peloton for the time being with some superb performances, performing properly in Italy with wins at Strade Bianche and, his first Monument win at Milan-San Remo.
However he’s additionally trying to doubtlessly see how he performs towards among the greatest and finest names within the mountains.
“Perhaps I’ll change course at some point [to focus on a Grand Tour], however that’s nonetheless far-off. Then I might first must shine in Tirreno-Adriatico, Critérium du Dauphiné or the Tour de Suisse.
“That is doable within the shorter time period, particularly in stage races with a time trial, comparable to Tirreno-Adriatico.
“I wish to go for a classification there in 2021. And later additionally in climbing Classics comparable to Liège and the Tour of Lombardy.”
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All these new targets for Van Aert makes his calendar look very busy as he additionally has the Olympics and cyclocross to concentrate on as properly, to not point out the fixed rivalry with Dutch famous person, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), who is anticipated to make his Tour de France debut in 2021.
Whereas Van Aert completed his street season after ending second on the Tour of Flanders, he nonetheless has lots races to do that yr with the cyclocross season.
Van Aert says that he remembers prior to now when he was once reluctant to restart coaching for cross racing , now he says he can’t see that in any respect and is de facto focussed on his objectives.
The previous world cyclocross champion will begin his marketing campaign in Kortrijk on November 28, whereas his essential rival and present CX world champion, Van der Poel, will begin on December 12 in Antwerp.