Wout van Aert happy with his own tactics as rivals mark him out en route to silver at Tokyo Olympics road race

The Belgian was forced to try and cover multiple moves as he attempted to tame a thrilling Olympic road race

Wout van Aert
(Image credit: Getty)

Wout van Aert says he rode the Tokyo Olympics road race well, tactically speaking, but couldn't overcome the total volume of his opponents' attacks as the pre-race favourite had to settle for a silver medal.

"I tried to force something myself, but especially Tadej Pogačar and myself were targeted. That was a difficult situation. In those circumstances, I think I got the most out of it," Van Aert said after winning the sprint for second against the Tour de France champion, Ecuador's Richard Carapaz having stolen away and taken the gold medal solo.

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