UPDATED With outcomes
Wout Van Aert of Jumbo Visma despatched a message to his cobbled traditional rivals at this time by thundering away from the leaders’ group on the Paterberg with solely his teammate Christophe Laporte, making a separation that held for the ultimate 40km to present Van Aert his first victory within the E3 Saxo Financial institution Traditional. Van Aert had beforehand powered a transfer on the Taaienberg to separate the peloton, with the lead group containing three of his Jumbo teammates, and after a subsequent enlargement of the group (following some work by INEOS to hitch), it was Van Aert once more on the Paterberg who enforced his will. His vicious acceleration was an excessive amount of for the likes of Biniam Girmay of Intermarche-Wanty Groupe, who was among the many most energetic riders within the lead group and tried to stick with Van Aert on the Paterberg. However by the highest of the 22% incline solely Laporte may handle the duty, and the workforce knew it had performed its playing cards completely. The pair drove laborious over the Oude Kwaremont as nicely, cementing their place, which was shut to 2 minutes by the point they reached the ending city of Harelbeke, at which level the teammates sat up, crossing the road arm-in-arm with Van Aert awarded the win. Stefan Kung of FDJ made a late transfer to come back in simply forward of the chase group’s dash motion to take third forward of Girmay, who simply missed out on the primary podium end by a rider from an African nation.
1 VAN AERT Wout, Jumbo Visma
2 LAPORTE Christophe, Jumbo Visma, s.t.
3 KÜNG Stefan, Groupama FDJ, at 1.35
4 GIRMAY HAILU Biniam, Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux, s.t.
5 MOHORIČ Matej, Bahrain – Victorious, s.t.
6 MADOUAS Valentin, Groupama – FDJ, s.t.
7 NARVÁEZ Jhonatan, INEOS Grenadiers, s.t.
8 BENOOT Tiesj, Jumbo-Visma, s.t.
9 VAN BAARLE Dylan, INEOS Grenadiers, s.t.
10 ASGREEN Kasper, Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl Staff, s.t.
11 TURGIS Anthony, TotalEnergies
12 TILLER Rasmus, Uno-X Professional Biking Staff
13 TEUNISSEN Mike, Jumbo-Visma
14 GOGL Michael, Alpecin-Fenix
15 STUYVEN Jasper, Trek – Segafredo
Harelbeke – Harelbeke 203.9 km
Some argument about if Strade Bianche is the sixth monument, right here’s my argument: I dunno. However E3 for certain is The Occasion Monument. It’s on a Friday, the course is phenomenal and the racing is the relaxed, let-loose, “have some enjoyable with it” model of Ronde van Vlaanderen. Simply sit again, have a Kwaremont or two and revel in.
Anticipated end: 16:45 – 17:30 CET
Kapitein Glad-Enjoyable-Time: Wout van Aert
I wanna say one thing loopy like “Victor Campanaerts” however I don’t see how a Wout, hungry for revenge after Sanremo, with a workforce like this misses. Possibly if one among his lieutenants Benoot or Laporte run away with it in a tactical play?