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2022 E3 Saxo Bank Classic
(World Tour), Belgium

64th edition: Friday, March 25, 2022

E3 Saxo Bank Classic podium history | 2021 edition | 2023 edition

Harelbeke - Harelbeke, 203.9 km.

Wout van Aert and Christophe Laporte on their winning break. Jumbo-Visma photo

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Weather at the start/finish city of Harelbeke at 12:47 PM, local time: 17C (63F), sunny, with the wind from the northeast at 14 km/hr (9 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Wout van Aert's Jumbo-Visma team.

After some great teamwork, Wout van Aert won the E3 Saxo Bank Classic. He crossed the line with Christophe Laporte, making it an excellent one-two for Team Jumbo-Visma.

The Taaienberg was indicated as a crucial point in the race, which proved to be right. On that slope, Wout van Aert attacked together with Christophe Laporte and Tiesj Benoot. They rode to the early breakaway with four other riders and ended up in the leading group. On the Eikenberg, they regrouped and Mike Teunissen joined in, so Team Jumbo-Visma occupied a quarter of the leading group.

On the Paterberg, the Belgian champion attacked and only Laporte could follow him. The two of them began a 42-kilometre journey to the finish in Harelbeke. The duo grabbed a nice lead and Benoot was in the chasing group. Van Aert and Laporte crossed the finish line hand in hand.

Van Aert praised his teammates. "I want to thank everyone on the team. It was an impressive team performance. The plan was that Christophe and I could keep calm until the Paterberg. We succeeded thanks to the hard work of the other guys. They helped us a lot."

The collaboration with the Frenchman was perfect. "Only at the top of the Paterberg I realised that Christophe and I had a gap. We got into an easy situation. We didn't have to 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. 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."

Van Aert was delighted with the crowd's support that turned out in droves. "From the Karnemelkbeekstraat, I tried to enjoy it, but there was also hard pedalling. I had goosebumps on the podium with so many supporters. They had been absent for so long. It was extraordinary being able to experience this again."

Laporte felt the Belgian champion was a more than deserved winner. "The team worked very well all day. It's a pity we lost Tosh, but I hope he still watched 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 steam ahead and I was on the 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. It is incredible to experience this. The people along the route were fantastic. Especially with Wout as 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."

For Van Aert, it is his third win of the season. Team Jumbo Visma now has eight wins this year.

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Complete Results:

203.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.997 km/hr

1  Wout van Aert Jumbo-Visma 4hr 38min 4sec
2  Christophe Laporte Jumbo-Visma s.t.
3  Stefan Kung Groupama-FDJ @ 1min 35sec
4  Matej Mohoric Bahrain Victorious 1:36
5  Biniam Girmay Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
6  Jhonnatan Narvaez INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
7  Valentin Madouas Groupama-FDJ s.t.
8  Dylan Van Baarle INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
9  Tiesj Benoot Jumbo-Visma s.t.
10  Kasper Asgreen Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
11  Rasmus Tiller Uno-X 3:30
12  Mike Teunissen Jumbo-Visma s.t.
13  Anthony Turgis TotalEnergies s.t.
14  Michael Gogl Alpecin-Fenix 3:31
15  Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo 3:34
16  Ivan Garcia Movistar 5:34
17  Marco Haller BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
18  Nathan Van Hooydonck Jumbo-Visma 5:43
19  Dries De Bondt Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
20  Michael Valgren EF Education-EasyPost 5:44
21  Oliver Naesen Ag2r-Citroën 5:57
22  Joris Nieuwenhuis Team DSM s.t.
23  Olivier Le Gac Groupama-FDJ s.t.
24  Mads Pedersen Trek-Segafredo 6:00
25  Heinrich Haussler Bahrain Victorious s.t.
26  Alex Edmondson BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
27  Ben Turner INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
28  Cédric Beullens Lotto Soudal s.t.
29  Gianni Vermeersch Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
30  Alex Aranburu Movistar s.t.
31  Andrea Pasqualon Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
32  John Degenkolb Team DSM s.t.
33  Barnabas Peak Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
34  Arjen Livyns Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces s.t.
35  Damien Touze Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
36  Tobias Ludvigsson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
37  Fabian Lienhard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
38  Jenthe Biermans Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
39  Daniel Oss TotalEnergies s.t.
40  Lindsay De Vylder Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
41  Victor Koretzky B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
42  Greg Van Avermaet Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
43  Mikkel Bjerg UAE Team Emirates s.t.
44  Hugo Houle Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
45  Fabio Felline Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
46  Lluis Mas Movistar s.t.
47  Nikias Arndt Team DSM s.t.
48  Erik Resell Uno-X s.t.
49  Rui Oliveira UAE Team Emirates s.t.
50  Silvan Dillier Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
51  Fred Wright Bahrain Victorious s.t.
52  Julian Mertens Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
53  Davide Ballerini Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
54  Zdenek Stybar Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
55  Alex Kirsch Trek-Segafredo s.t.
56  Dries van Gestel TotalEnergies 6:05
57  Florian Senechal Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
58  Jannik Steimle Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
59  Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo 6:10
60  Otto Vergaerde Trek-Segafredo 6:22
61  Iñigo Elosegui Movistar 10:53
62  Tom Van Asbroeck Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
63  Luka Mezgec BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
64  Sebastian Langeveld EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
65  Bob Jungels Ag2r-Citroën 11:15
66  Brent Van Moer Lotto Soudal s.t.
67  Stan Dewulf Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
68  Peter Sagan TotalEnergies s.t.
69  Michael Schar Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
70  Lasse Norman Hansen Uno-X 12:28
71  Mathias Norsgaard Movistar s.t.
72  Nils Politt BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
73  Lewis Askey Groupama-FDJ s.t.
74  Tom Wirtgen Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces s.t.
75  Sébastien Grignard Lotto Soudal s.t.
76  Michele Gazzoli Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
77  Aime De Gendt Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
78  Luke Rowe INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
79  Magnus Sheffield INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
80  Anders Skaarseth Uno-X s.t.
81  Marijn Van Den Berg EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
82  Davide Gabburo Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
83  Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces s.t.
84  Ben Healy EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
85  Ryan Mullen BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
86  Artyom Zakharov Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
87  Quentin Jauregui B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
88  Lukas Postlberger BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
89  Kevin Van Melsen Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
90  Hugo Page Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
91  Aaron Verwilst Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
92  Martin Urianstad Uno-X s.t.
93  Niklas Markl Team DSM s.t.
94  Aaron Van Poucke Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
95  Luke Durbridge BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
96  Scott Thwaites Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
97  Yukiya Arashiro Bahrain Victorious s.t.
98  Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
99  Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
100  Vegard Stake Laengen UAE Team Emirates s.t.
101  Piet Allegaert Cofidis s.t.
102  Andre Carvalho Cofidis s.t.
103  Laurenz Rex Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces s.t.
104  Johan Jacobs Movistar s.t.
105  Leonardo Basso Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
106  Ben Swift INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
107  Ward Vanhoof Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
108  Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces s.t.
109  Wesley Kreder Cofidis s.t.
110  Alexander Konychev BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
111  Stefan Bissegger EF Education-EasyPost s.t.


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