Cycling News

Rivalry without end – Van der Poel and Van Aert’s duel sets tone for cobbled Classics

Jumbo-Visma team

For the past two years, Tadej Pogačar was the great disruptor at the men’s cobbled Classics, parachuting in to play the specialists at their own game, and beat them too. This time out, with the Slovenian focused on his build-up to the Giro d’Italia, the top billing is reserved for the familiar pairing of Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert.

Perhaps not since the days of Moser and Saronni has cycling been marked by such an enduring, all-encompassing duel. In all seasons, on (almost) every terrain, Van Aert and Van der Poel appeared to be locked in a seemingly never-ending contest for supremacy. Like Messi and Ronaldo, praise for one almost inevitably carries a tacit admonishment of the other.

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at CyclingNews RSS Feed…