Will the Belgian champion be at the start of the 119? Paris-Roubaix ? The answer is now official and remains affirmative. His team, in fact, just registered his participation in thehell of the norththis Sunday. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) This is how he received the green light from the medical body of his training, two weeks after his Covid infection. After being forced to give up the tour of flandersthen to theAmstel Gold Run, last Sunday, the sky now seems to clear for the 27-year-old Belgian. “Wout is in excellent health.“, explains his sports director Happy Zeemann in a Press release from the Dutch team.
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Zeeman: “It’s anything but ideal preparation…”
“But after a week of isolation, it is no longer possible for him to be in top form.he continues. Your condition in Roubaix will be weak and will miss recognition on Thursday. It is anything but an ideal preparation. However, a rider like Wout can still play a role, supporting Christophe Laporte, Mike Teunissen or Nathan van Hooydonck.This confirms that the one who has been preparing for a week in Calpe (Spain) must be a luxury companion for his various colleagues, including Christopher Laporte. Only the race on Sunday will give us any indication of the true intentions and ambitions of Wout Van Aertwinner of theOmloop Het Nieuwsblad and of theE3 Saxo Bank Classic in 2022.
Jumbo-Visma’s selection for Paris-Roubaix 2022
Wout VAN AERT (BEL), Christophe LAPORTE (FRA), Mike TEUNISSEN (NED), Nathan VAN HOOYDONCK (BEL), Edoardo AFFINI (ITA), Mick VAN DIJKE (NED) and Timo ROOSEN (NED)
“Earlier this week, the medical staff determined that Wout is fully fit and able to continue his efforts at the highest level of sport.”
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Zeeman had warned: “Van Aert will only be at the start of Paris-Roubaix if he can play a role…”
Some days ago, Happy Zeemann spoke about the state of health of his star runner who had trained near Calpe (Spain). “Everyone saw the weather in Belgium last week. In order to resume training correctly, Wout went to Spain. True, you can train in sunny conditions. We have already had runners in the team who needed a long time to be able to race again after their Covid infection. Others had few or no problems after infection and were able to return to racing very quickly. Therefore, we must evaluate how your body reacts to training“, he declared In statements reported by the the latest news.
The sports director of Jumbo Visma had already mentioned the future role of Wout Van Aert on the occasion of the 119th edition of Paris-Roubaixwhile the participation of the latter was not yet certain. “Our race reconnaissance is scheduled for Thursday. We want to make the decision that day. Wout will only appear from Roubaix if he can play a part, and it will be a part. at the service of Christophe Laporte, Mike Teunissen or Nathan Van Hooydonck“, he concludes. As a reminder, the 27-year-old Belgian has already played three times Paris-Roubaix in his career (2018, 2019 and 2021). Notably, he ranked seventh last year.