Wout van Aert: 'Van der Poel would rather that I lost than he won'

Belgian criticises his Dutch rival for negative tactics at Ghent-Wevelgem but Van der Poel says he rode to win

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Wout van Aert vented his frustration after the 2020 Ghent-Wevelgem, criticising Dutch champion Mathieu van der Poel for negative tactics which saw the pair finish eighth and ninth respectively from the nine-man breakaway group.

>>> Mads Pedersen takes victory in hard-fought Ghent-Wevelgem 2020

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).