'It's survival of the fittest': Wout van Aert marks anniversary of leaving hospital after Tour injury with Strade Bianche title

The Belgian says this victory marks a year since he left hospital following his season-ending Tour de France crash

Wout van Aert wins Strade Bianche 2020 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Wout Van Aert says it's exactly one year since he returned home from hospital following his horrific crash in the time trial of the 2019 Tour de France, and what better way to celebrate than with victory at Strade Bianche.

The race has teased him up until now, with two third-place finishes, but he will sleep soundly having won only his second race back since the season-ending leg injury last year.

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