“The Jumbos on a mission. » The title given by Wout van Aert to his training outing on the Strava application last Tuesday says a lot about the early ambitions of the Belgian rider and his team, who animated the last campaign of the classics without managing to pin the slightest Monument . Nearly a month before the first official collective course in Spain, the Yellow and Blacks gathered around their leader (including Christophe Laporte, Dylan van Baarle and Tiesj Benoot) to recognize, at the beginning of the week, the courses Het Nieuwsblad (February 25) and the Tour of Flanders (April 2, 2023).
Victory in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix
Van Aert, 28, is a bit tired of collecting places of honor without managing to win the Ronde and Paris-Roubaix (April 9), which will be his next year again. “two main objectives”. The most versatile runner on the planet no longer hides his intention to do a little less top 10 elsewhere to maximize his chances of success on these two giants, who continue to elude him.
His preparation will pass, like his rival Mathieu van der Poel, by a pretty season of cyclo-cross: he hoped to make his comeback on Sunday in Hulst (Netherlands), but a bad cold and antibiotics forced him to wait another week. He will pin his first bib on Sunday in Antwerp for the eighth round. Mathieu Van der Poel, whom he has faced only twice in 2022 on a great classic (Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix), should this time be systematically on his way, in the Dutch plowing in February, in Flanders in March, in Roubaix and in the Belgian Ardennes in April. The pretty rivalry between the two phenomena, who spy on and jealous each other since their adolescence, would it not be about to reach its peak?