Wout van Aert may still participate in the Strade Bianche. Organizer RCS announced that his team Veranda’s Willems – Crelan an additional wildcard arrival. So good news for Van Aert.
The world champion of cyclo-cross had for some time indicated that he would like the Strade Bianche would be driving. The reason is obvious. The Italian ééndagskoers takes place partly over unpaved roads, the favorite site of van Aert. He won already the Scale Sels, a contest under similar circumstances. But initially there was no place for the Belgian teams in the field of the Strade. Apparently, the organizers still thought changed. They sent just a press release to the world with the explicit message that Of Aert at the start of the Strade Bianche will appear. He will cross swords with, among others, Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet.
The Italian ééndagswedstrijd takes place on Saturday 3 march, one week after the Omloop het Nieuwsblad where Van Aert are voorjaarscampagne start. Or add the Strada has an influence on the rest of his program, is not yet clear.”