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Van Aert gambles and comes third in tactical Milan-San Remo

Van Aert gambles and comes third in tactical Milan-San Remo

Wout van Aert has crossed the finish line in third place in a tactical Milan-Sanremo. Last year’s winner went on the attack with Julian Alaphilippe on the Poggio, but had to watch in the final as Jasper Stuyven stayed ahead of the group of favourites.

After the traditional early breakaway was caught on the Cipressa, they stayed together until two kilometres before the top of the Poggio. Van Aert showed off his good legs with a few pinpricks, but did not get away. He was eventually beaten by Caleb Ewan in the sprint for second place.

"I had the legs to win, but I was caught"

Wout van Aert

“I had the legs to win, but I was caught”, Van Aert said. “Milaan-San Remo is a very difficult course to win and I gambled and lost in the final. I also didn’t want to throw away my sprinting chances to ride full behind Jasper with the rest in my wake. A lot of people were looking at me and that’s logical of course. On the Poggio I tried, but we were still with too many guys. I expected a bigger shake-up, but apparently the conditions were not tough enough. I’m disappointed that I didn’t win, but I don’t know if I could have done something different. All in all, I can’t be unhappy with this third place. My form is fine and I’m looking forward to the Flemish classics with confidence.”

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