The Jumbo flies in the rain of Ghent-Wevelgem with Van Aert and Laporte

Another day in the office for the Jumbo-Visma. And we have already lost count of all those who have been in exhibition mode this year. So was the 85th edition of a Ghent-Wevelgem that hardly had history due to the impressive performance of Wout van Aert and Christophe Laporte. The Belgian attacked with 52 km to go and took with him his French teammate, whom he gave away victory at the finish line, a nice gesture identical to the one that Van Aert already had with him last year at the E3 Saxo Classic. It is the 19th victory of the season for the Jumbo, with which he surpasses the Quick-Step at the top. The most devastating thing about the Dutch team is that 18 of their 19 wins have been achieved in 30 days, streak that Jonas Vingegaard began on February 24 with the first of his successes in O Gran Camiño.

It was a dog day, one of those in which anyone would consider being a cyclist. The cold and the rain accompanied the runners during the 261 km of the route, to which must be added the hardness component of the pavé levels. Chaos engulfed the event from the start and numerous outages soon formed. Van Avermaet, Fedorov, Wallays, Askey, Jacobs, Fretin, Van Boven and Joyce they rolled away during the first half of the stage and when the peloton decided to go to the pursuit rhythm the tension skyrocketed. How could it be otherwise, that resulted in endless falls in which the Ineos team was the great victim. Kwiatkowski and Ganna went down and were forced to drop out.

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With about 80 km to go, some great contenders tried to surprise, aware that it was their only chance of success given the superiority of the Jumbo. men like Mohoric, Pedersen and Kragh Andersen managed to open up a gap, while Jakobsen was wrecked from behind in his attempt to join them solo. Everyone regrouped at the arrival of the last succession of heights, at which point Van Aert decided to take action. With 52 km to go, he attacked the Belgian on the Kemmelberg with which he took Laporte and left the chasing group of Ewan, Trentin, Mohoric, Pedersen and company in the lurch. In the last pass through the Kemmelberg, Van Aert managed to let go of Laporte, but he decided to wait for him to later give him the victory. Sep Vanmarcke he was fastest in the group sprint to take the podium. The Jumbo is still intractable.

Results of the 85th Ghent-Wevelgem

1st Christophe Laporte (Jumbo) – 5h 49:39

2nd Wout van Aert (Jumbo) – mt

3rd Sep Vanmarcke (Israel) – 1:56

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