Cycling: Van Aert, Van der Poel and Pogacar, the galactics explained themselves on a monumental E3 Saxo Classic!

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There was a very big show on the mountains of Flanders this Friday. Finally, Van Aert retains his title after a superb race.

The big ones, the real ones, can’t stand the attendants or the “useless mouths”. When the terrain allows it, they like more than anything to explain themselves to each other, to feed greedily on their own lights, on their shared talents. Yesterday, during one of the most beautiful races that one can imagine, on the E 3, Mathieu Van der Poel, the project manager, Tadej Pogacar, “the foreigner” and Wout Van Aert the outgoing winner confirmed this rule by writing without erasures one of the most beautiful pages in history. Of course it wasn’t on a Monument (they’ll meet again in a week on a Ronde already drunk on promises), but all those who had the good idea to follow the joust beyond the banks under the sun and the winds of West Flanders can only share our opinion, which is hardly exaggerated.

The weakest won

Poupou’s grandson, still pampered by Kragh Andersen, sorted out an already struggling peloton by setting fire, sitting on his saddle, to the foot of Taienberg… eighty miles from the finish! A little further, he spun with his teammate, two Jumbo, Van Aert, Van Hooydonck, more… Pogacar.

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The Slovenian (who almost entered a house on a slightly optimistic right!) tried to get rid of the other two in the terrible Old Kwaremont, but Van der Poel, without too much difficulty then Van Aert (saved by the fall of a motorbike!) picked it up. Little reassured by his “qualities” as a sprinter, “Pogi” tried again passing by the right sidewalk at the entrance to Harelbeke, then one last time before the flame but everything was decided in the sprint where Van Aert (almost a detail), the weakest, outstripped its best enemy. First bouquet of the season, the 40th in career. We regret that neither Madouas (8th), nor Cosnefroy (42nd), nor Alaphilippe (abandonment) were able to invite themselves to this summit meeting which calls for so many others.


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