Wout van Aert finished second in the fastest-ever edition of Paris-Roubaix. He outsprinted Stefan Küng in a sprint for second after a brutal 257 km race in the Hell of the North.
The Belgian rode an impressive Paris-Roubaix, just two weeks after missing the Tour of Flanders with a COVID-19 infection. Van Aert had some back luck during the race, which saw him chasing several times. Yet, he still was a major protagonist in the final and celebrated his comeback with a second place on the mythical Vélodrome in Roubaix.
Wout van Aert:
“I am surprised by this second place. This second place even feels like a reward. Of course I wanted to win this race, but after the events of the past few weeks, I can only be happy with this result."
"In the final I wanted to take my chances, so I accelerated a couple of times. Van Baarle was one of the strongest and you know he rarely slows down. I'm definitely not disappointed to arrive second because it's a big surprise to feel this good in the race, so I'm just happy and proud to be second.”
"I had some bad luck before and during the race, but everyone has his own story in Roubaix, I would say. I'm just really happy to be on the podium."