Wout van Aert bounces back with sprint victory at Ghent-Wevelgem 2021

After echelons formed early on, Van Aert made the front group and eventually won the sprint finish

Wout van Aert wins Ghent-Wevelgem 2021 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Wout van Aert added yet another prestigious one-day Classic to his palmarès, sprinting to victory at Ghent-Wevelgem, besting the likes of Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-ASSOS), Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) and Michael Matthews (BikeExchange).

The Belgian had made it into the front group after windy conditions caused echelons to form on the road, the peloton's chase in vain as the large leading group went the distance, whittled down until Van Aert proved the strongest of a number of fast men left to contest the win.

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