Wout van Aert sprints to win from an elite trio at brutal edition of E3 Saxo Classic

Mathieu van der Poel and Tadej Pogačar outpowered in finalé by Belgian

Wout van Aert wins E3
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Wout van Aert sprinted to victory at the E3 Saxo Bank Classic on Friday, winning from an elite group, beating Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) in the process.

It was a brutal edition, with the leading trio containing the three biggest names going clear of everyone else with about 40km to go. Van der Poel and the Alpecin-Deceuninck team were active from the start, with Pogačar also trying to attack his rivals repeatedly inside the final 4km.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.