Wout van Aert: 'Second at Paris-Roubaix is confirmation that I was right to keep believing'

The Jumbo-Visma rider didn't look like he had lost too much fitness and form

Wout van Aert
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Wout van Aert was "happy and proud" to finish second at Paris-Roubaix behind winner Dylan van Baarle on his return to racing following a recent Covid-19 infection.

The Belgian champion was the spring's standout man after winning both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Saxo Bank Classic, but he was ruled out of the Tour of Flanders due to Covid and his participation at Roubaix was deemed unlikely until just a few days ago when it was announced he would be riding as a domestique.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.