Milan-Sanremo, Amstel Gold Race, Strade Bianche, Gent-Wevelgem, E3 Harelbeke, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: At the age of 28, Wout van Aert has a palmares that many colleagues would be jealous of.
But the leader of Jumbo-Visma has said it himself many times this winter: this spring he finally wants to add the Tour of Flanders and/or Paris-Roubaix to that honors list.
Would it otherwise be an unfinished symphony, some Sporza surfers asked José De Cauwer during Velofollies.
“I think so, yes,” replied our analyst. “If you look at which races Tom Boonen has won, Wout van Aert still has a lot to do.”
Van Aert is 28 years old. “That is still very young, but the 30 is also coming.”
“He must win the Ronde and Roubaix at least once and become world champion.”
“There are always competitors and a lot can happen. Just think about his illness last year. Now is the time.”
Dirk De Wolf nodded in agreement at the bicycle fair in Kortrijk: “If you see him flying around this winter and if you see how he builds up his training, we expect first places.”
“No longer in Harelbeke or Wevelgem, but we expect the top jay in the Ronde or Roubaix.”
“I also think that Wout has been strengthened this winter. We wondered if that was still possible. Yes.”