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Teams & Riders Official Wout Van Aert thread

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I think Vingegaard will be pleased and displeased at the same time about loosing Wout at the Tour.

Jumbo did spend quite a bit of energy working for Wout's stage dreams in previous Tours in stage 8 this year they used their doms up so Vingegaard sat isolated in the final, not ideal. A team 100% behind him with no other agenda will be great for JoVi and Visma still has a very strong team in all terrains.

But of cause, Wout has these monster outlets of energy that really helps Jonas a lot and sometimes just Wout trying to go into a break to stage hunt, will have UAE shitting themselves and using their team to defend against Wout.

People read way too much into the GW thing IMO, he would also be criticized if he won the race by team orders or if the had a sprint for the line people would be assuming they faked it anyways. It was an incredible move for Jumbo to get two strong riders away to duo it to the line.
 
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It has nothing to do with not being selfish enough, but just not good enough on the moments that matter.

The gift of Gent-Wevelgem was smart in the sense that Laporte worked for him in the Ronde... but then Van Aert himself just couldn't follow the strongest riders in the race.
The gift of Gent-Wevelgem wasn't smart in any sense... I doubt we wll see such gifts from Van Aert anymore.
 
What I don't understand though, if they are actually going for this, and want to do it properly, forget about the classics. You can't be 100% at De Ronde and Roubaix, in the right shape, and then also do the Giro. They both need a different physique, so he needs to choose, and the other won't go as planned.
That's why it's probably nonsense. Wout's main goal is Flanders and Roubaix. You might even say they're the team's main goal, they really want to win a Monument next year, they've already indicated. He might ride the Giro after, but not with GC ambitions (and I doubt La Gazzetta would be the first to know).
 
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That's why it's probably nonsense. Wout's main goal is Flanders and Roubaix. You might even say they're the team's main goal, they really want to win a Monument next year, they've already indicated. He might ride the Giro after, but not with GC ambitions (and I doubt La Gazzetta would be the first to know).
He does at least another 5 seasons in him to compete for Flanders and Roubaix at the top level, while for the Giro the race changes every year and the profile of this year suits him well.
 
He does at least another 5 seasons in him to compete for Flanders and Roubaix at the top level, while for the Giro the race changes every year and the profile of this year suits him well.
His (former) trainer has already said before that in order for Wout to be a GT contender he has to make a physical transformation. It wouldn't make sense to do so before he has even reached his potential (or what he thinks is his potential) in the spring classics.
 
His (former) trainer has already said before that in order for Wout to be a GT contender he has to make a physical transformation. It wouldn't make sense to do so before he has even reached his potential (or what he thinks is his potential) in the spring classics.
Maybe he doesn't believe in achieving that potential anymore as long as MVDP and Pogacar are racing? Because if all 3 are at 100%, and the race is long and hard, WVA won't win.