Imola (dpa) – In the usual cycling teams there is a strict division of roles. There are the helpers, the sprinters, the mountain riders or the time trial specialists. The Belgian Wout van Aert has now completely repealed these laws.
“If you look at the drivers field of the tour, Wout van Aert is a very big favorite. He can do everything now, that should suit him well”, said the German Maximilian Schachmann of the DPA before the World Cup race on Sunday (10 am). In italian. Imola.
The 26-year-old van Aert, who actually comes from cyclo-cross and became world champion three times there, now masters all sub-disciplines. In the last week of a particularly tiring Tour de France, he secured the third (mountain stage), four (individual time trial) and six (sprint in Paris). No other driver offers such a total package at the moment, especially because van Aert worked tirelessly for three weeks for team captain Primoz Roglic.
The course in Imola has a lot in store that Van Aert is particularly good at: short, sharp climbs to attack, gravel roads when leaving the circuit, plus a possible sprint final at the straight start-finish in Imola. “He is clearly the favorite,” said German sporting director Jens Zemke of the exceptional talent.