Will there still be a three-way battle between Julian Alaphilippe, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert on Sunday on the Tour of Flanders? Perhaps. But for the Dutchman, the Belgian is particularly sharp at the moment.
A little bit of bluff? A way to put pressure on your eternal rival? Or an objective analysis? 48 hours before the Tour of Flanders, second Monument of the cycling season, the winner of the 2020 edition Mathieu van der Poel presented this Friday the forces involved, necessarily evoking the two other ogres of the peloton, Julian Alaphilippe and Wout van Aert . According to the Dutch, it is the Belgian that should be particularly observed.
“Deceuninck (Alaphilippe’s formation) is going to be the team to watch, it’s clear. They will try to do the same thing as at the E3 Grand Prix but the Tour of Flanders will be longer and the climbs will be closer to the finish, so it will be different, believes Raymond Poulidor’s grandson. But at the individual level, I think it was above all Wout van Aert who showed that he was in very good form. that he really wants to win, it will be especially him who will be dangerous “.
When Van Aert devours an amateur in recognition
In recent hours, a video has also made cycling fans happy. We see an amateur cyclist swallowing at his own pace the cobblestones of Old Quaremont, the legendary passage of the Tour of Flanders. When suddenly, a yellow and black TGV rolls in at full speed: Wout van Aert, in full recognition of the “Ronde” route.
And Van der Poel to elaborate on him: “We all three started the season very strong, he continues. But after the Italian races, I would say that Julian and I, we are a little less strong. looks still in good shape. He won in Ghent-Wevelgem (last Sunday). After that, Sunday is another race. The strongest of the day will win. “