Strade Bianche | ‘Baked’ riders respond to wear and tear in heat


The race is back, and how! Wout van Aert wrote a beautiful edition of Strade Bianche to his name after an equally beautiful solo. There is undoubtedly much to talk about the gravel classic, with number ten Diego Rosa already finishing in almost eight (!) Minutes. In the Leader’s jersey links the responses.

We have a loose response from:
– Wout van Aert
– Mathieu van der Poel and Floris De Tier

Formolo: ‘Suffered from warm weather’

Davide Formolo had a good day on the bike, but couldn’t prevent him from finishing second behind the unleashed Van Aert. The Italian is very happy with the result on his ‘home roads’, he says via his team. “My legs felt good, but in the end I was suffering from the warm weather. I also came back from my training camp yesterday (Friday, ed.). ”

The rider of UAE Team Emirates will have his sights set directly on the following races. “Milan-Sanremo is a different style this year, so I’m going to try my best to be good there again.”

Schachmann: ‘Everyone was broken’

For a long time, the major threat to Van Aert seemed to come from the German corner. Maximilian Schachmann showed himself the strongest man of the race after the Belgian, but eventually had to recognize his superior. “It was a really difficult race. I started quietly and soon saw that many boys were broken. Then I took my chance, but I barely saw anything through all the dust. All in all, I am a satisfied man, ‘the winner of Paris-Nice concludes website from his team.

Bettiol: ‘Van Aert was the strongest’

Alberto Bettiol was the first to try to join Van Aert’s attack, but eventually had to settle for fourth place. “He was the strongest,” the Italian says afterwards. Schachmann and Formolo went too fast for me. Maybe I had to pay the toll for efforts I made earlier, but I don’t regret anything. I tried to win. ”

Bettiol: ‘I tried to play my card in the final by anticipating and attacking. It was very special to me because it was in front of all my fans in this region. The fourth place is a great place to start the season again. ”

Fuglsang seemed the best: ‘Overheated’

The man who took care of the selection in the race Jakob Fuglsang. The Dane whipped the whole pack apart fifty kilometers from the finish, but had to pay for this effort later. “I let myself explode, after which it was very difficult to find my legs. Fifth place was ultimately the maximum attainable ‘, according to last year’s number two plow site.

Bookwalter surprised: ‘We were baked’

One of the big surprises in the top ten was Brent Bookwalter (seventh). The experienced American also surprised himself with his performance, he explains on the site from his team Mitchelton-Scott. “I’ve never been so hot, it was madness. We were really baked. It was the first game after the long break and it was noticeable. Everyone braked, drove each other’s rear wheel. It was one big physical battle from start to finish. ”

Van Avermaet: ‘One of my toughest days ever’

Greg Van Avermaet eventually had to loose the role in the leading group and ended up in eighth place. “It was one of my toughest days on the bike ever,” the Belgian tells his team afterwards. As expected, it got super hot. The strips were also treacherous. ” The fact that the Strade Bianche was the first game after the corona crisis also played a role: “I was a little afraid of that beforehand.”

During the race, Van Avermaet felt good for a long time, but after the finish things went a bit less: ‘Then you realize how deep you went.’ However, he did not lose the good feeling after the game: “I still love this game and I am happy how it went.”

Doomed to give up: ‘Have seen crazy things’

With his good Paris-Nice in mind Tiesj Benoot determined to show the best of himself in his former victory area. The Belgian got used to the heat, but saw his plans shattered when he punctured. “The moment Astana broke down, I got a flat tire. At the back I saw a lot of crazy things, but I couldn’t go back. Better next week ‘, the driver looks through the Sunweb site forward to Milan-Sanremo.

Skujins: ‘I’ll do a rain dance next time’

The Let Toms Skujins finished ninth last year in the Strade Bianche, but had to settle for less this year. The Trek-Segafredo rider gives up on his Twitter that the heat was killing him. “I have often suffered from the heat, but this was real next level. Next time I’ll do a rain dance and we’ll talk again, ”says Skujins with a wink about his disappointing race, in which he gave up.

(photo: Sirotti)

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