Cycling-Van Aert will miss the Tour of Flanders after testing positive for COVID

Belgian Wout van Aert will miss the Tour of Flanders after testing positive for COVID-19, his Jumbo Visma team announced on Friday. “The good news is that I only have mild symptoms, just a sore throat and a cold. I’m focusing on recovery now. I want to be fully recovered before I think about the future again,” said Van Aert in a statement

Sunday’s Tour of Flanders is one of five Monuments, the big one-day races on the elite calendar. Van Aert’s best result in the Tour of Flanders was second place in 2020. He finished sixth the following year.

“The exams have confirmed that Wout is not in good shape. He is not very sick but not competitive enough to start the Tour of Flanders,” said Jumbo Visma sporting director Arthur Van Dongen. “He now has to take a break and then we will set new goals. “Knowing Wout, he will come back stronger than ever. We will sit down with the team, make a new plan and discuss how we can win the race with the new team composition.”

Van Aert won three stages of the Tour de France last year and took silver in the individual road race at the Tokyo Olympics.

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