Wout van Aert: 'I wasted a lot of energy on Pogačar’s attacks'

Belgian says lack of cohesion in the chasing group cost them a shot at Milan-San Remo victory

Wout van Aert at Milan-San Remo 2022
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Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) points to his marking of Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) as the key reason he was unable to fight for victory at Milan-San Remo on Saturday.

The Belgian champion was the most active in bringing back the rampaging Tour de France champion, who was intent on breaking the race up on the final ascent of the Poggio with numerous attacks.

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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).