Wout van Aert has a great previous season and wants to continue at that pace. He will have the opportunity at Milan-San Remo which suits him “I have a lot of confidence and I have the right legs. I know that San Remo is a course that suits me, so I'm looking forward to it,” he told HLN.be, as quoted by cyclingnews “Am I going to win? The race will decide that.
but that is the only thing I am at the start for”. The Tirreno-Adriatico race was hard for him but he seems to be rested and ready for the next challenges that await him. “I think I came out of Tirreno-Adriatico feeling good.
I was tired, especially on Wednesday but the body always gives in a little to the fatigue on the first day when it no longer needs to suffer. People who take a vacation recognize that feeling, too. Now I feel a bit more rested.
I'm counting down to Saturday”. “I wanted to be very good after the altitude training in Tenerife but also thought that I might be able to improve a bit, too. It has come faster than I thought. I was very good at Tirreno, probably close to my best level.
After a few days of rest, Milan-San Remo comes at the perfect time for me”.
Most believe that Alaphilipe will take advantage of the rivalry between van Aert and van der Poel. “I wouldn't dare say that.
He chooses his moments and knows how to win,” Van Aert said of the world champion in deference. “Julian had one real chance at Tirreno-Adriatico and he won (on stage 2 to Chiusdino beating van der poel and Van Aert).
So he is certainly very dangerous. Julian is the type of rider that dares to attack. If he has something in mind, he does it. I’ve had to fight him a few times, I know he cannot be underestimated”. Van Aert believes that he has a psychological advantage in San Remo due to winning last season, but that it will not be easy at all because there are many good drivers in the game.
“Mentally it is an advantage that I won San Remo last year,” he said. “I’ve ridden Milan-San Remo twice and each time we got away on the Poggio. I’ve not yet experienced a group sprint finish. But due to the aggression of a number of riders, I think it’ll be a hard race again."
“That appeals to people much more than a bunch sprint on the Via Roma. A hard race is better for me and Mathieu. I have been in the final twice, so those are experiences that should all help me”.