Wout van Aert won the E3 Saxo Bank Classic after he attacked with teammate Christophe Laporte on the Paterberg with 42 km to go. What followed was an impressive duo time trial and beautiful cooperation to finish hand in hand and take first and second in Harelbeke.


"At the top of the Paterberg I realised that Christophe and I had a gap. We didn't hesitate and could ride full speed. At first, we had to fight to get a lead, but when we started the Karnemelkbeekstraat with a lead, I knew the chasers would have a hard time. And we also had Tiesj in the group behind. There was no discussion about who was going to win. I thank Christophe for giving me this victory. It means a lot to me. I am proud of the team because this is how we want to win. By racing like this, we create the best chance for everyone to win."

"From the Karnemelkbeekstraat, I tried to enjoy it, but there was also hard pedalling. I had goosebumps on the podium with so many people cheering for me. I’ve missed the fans for a long time ... It was extraordinary being able to experience this again."


"The team worked very well all day. It's a pity we lost Tosh, but I hope he still saw us on television with some satisfaction. We had a plan to be in front on the Taaienberg, which worked out well with Tiesj and Wout. A second important point was the Paterberg. Wout went full gas and I was on my limit. I couldn't follow, but he waited at the top. It was still far, so we had to ride well together."

"Wout gave me the victory in Paris-Nice, but he was the strongest today. He deserved to win here. This is incredible to experience. The people along the route were fantastic. Especially with Wout being Belgian champion, the crowd supported us everywhere. I tried to enjoy the last kilometre, but I was exhausted. I'm looking forward to watching the TV footage."