The Belgian could play kingmaker in Sunday's soggy showdown Gent-Wevelgem, but did he make the right call? Our editors debate the question.
Here's all the news ahead of E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem.
E3 Saxo scrapbook: Bathroom bonuses, Pogačar’s Flanders tribute, chain oil-gate, Movistar Quick-Step? and more
Here are some of the best stories, takeaways and oddities coming out of 'The mini Tour of Flanders' that you might have missed.
Alarm bells ringing as longtime Belgian classics dominator on the back foot: 'We're in a situation that we're not used to.'
Tour of Flanders is up next and the defending champion knows he's ready: 'These are the two guys I expect to feature up front in the Ronde.'
Even admitting he wasn't the strongest Friday makes his win against Van der Poel and Pogačar all the more sweeter: 'It's the victory that counts.'
E3 Saxo Classic: What Tadej Pogačar, Mathieu van der Poel, Matej Mohorič said after De Ronde preview
Here's what the protagonists said after Wout van Aert sprinted for the spoils in Harelbeke's 'mini Tour of Flanders.'
Matteo Jorgenson fourth at E3 Saxo Classic is best by US rider: ‘I came to Belgium just for this race’
Fourth at the 'Little Tour of Flanders' bodes well for the real thing at De Ronde next week.
American racer Matteo Jorgenson claims fourth place in debut appearance.
The one-day race is always a good indicator of how the De Ronde favorites are going so performing at it is a must.
Route details and the favorites who will spice up the 'Little Tour of Flanders.'
Jumbo-Visma forced to settle for second in Gent-Wevelgem after vigilance from rivals.
'I always had the impression kind of like I had a flat tire, but actually it must have been the frame.'
Dylan van Baarle: Ineos Grenadiers E3 Saxo Bank Classic ride was ‘not perfect’ but the team was strong
Ineos Grenadiers missed out on initial Taaienberg selection but got back into the mix with big chase.
Kasper Asgreen on disappointing E3 Saxo Bank Classic: ‘I didn’t have the legs to keep up with Wout van Aert’
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl misfires as it struggles to match the dominance of Jumbo-Visma at cobbled classics.
Wout van Aert called the Eritrean a 'big talent' after he made it into the group of favorites at the Belgian classic.
Next up for the Groupama-FDJ rider is Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday.
Mohorič looking forward to surprising his rivals at the Tour of Flanders.
Wout van Aert and the Dutch squad look unbeatable going into the major cobblestone monuments after E3 Saxo Bank Classic domination.
The Jumbo-Visma rider becomes the first Belgian champion in 59 years to win the Belgian one-day race.
Christophe Laporte and Wout van Aert go clear at 40km to go after van Aert forces decisive selections with two huge moves.
American says losing Tom Pidcock for the classics is 'a shame' but Ineos Grenadiers can win without him.
Update: Lawson Craddock fractured bone in right hand after tumble before start at E3 Saxo Bank Classic
BikeExchange-Jayco star after visit to hospital: 'For me, the classics are over even before they began.'
Here's what the pre-race favorites said at the start line in Harelbeke to open 'Flanders Week.'
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl promises to come out snarling at E3 Saxo Bank Classic after slow classics start
The so-called 'Wolfpack' vows to rev things up after 'only' one win in the opening month of classics-style racing the Belgian outfit typically dominates.
E3 Saxo Bank Classic is often called the 'mini Tour of Flanders' for its narrow roads, steep bergs, and highly competitive field. Here are five things to watch for Friday.
The Dane was the sensation of the 2021 classics season, but admits things will be more complicated as he returns to E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Tour of Flanders.
VN news ticker: Garmin becomes title sponsor of Gravel Worlds, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak delays retirement
Here's what's making headlines on Thursday, February 3, 2022.
Danish star confirms ambitious spring calendar with title defenses at E3 Sank Bank Classic and Ronde van Vlaanderen.
What did the last block of cobblestone racing tell us about the key players for De Ronde?
Jumbo-Visma remains confident Wout van Aert is 'right where he needs to be' ahead of top goals at Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
Three classics stars react after Deceuninck-Quick-Step placed the full press on Friday's cobblestone race.
VN news ticker: Fernando Gaviria, Jhonatan Narváez both fracture wrists in E3 crash, Mikel Landa steps down from role with Fundación Euskadi
Here's the news making headlines for Saturday, March 27.
Florian Sénéchal outsprints Mathieu van der Poel to give Deceuninck-Quick-Step top two podium positions.
Deceuninck-Quick-Step reminds the peloton who is the king of the classics ahead of approaching cobbled monuments.
VN news ticker: Bora-Hansgrohe out of E3 Saxo Classic, 2023 Tour de France to start from Bilbao, Spain
Here's what's making headlines on Friday, March 26.
Here's our inside guide to the two marquee men's and women's cobblestone races.
Rivals brace for more dynamic and open racing as they look to upend the dominance of Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel.
No race better predicts success at Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix than Harelbeke.
Surging coronavirus cases in northern Europe could force closure of Paris-Roubaix and this week's Belgian classics also at threat.
Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s versatile sprinter could be its answer to Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel.
The GC stars converge at Volta a Catalunya while cobblestone classics ramp up with E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem.
For 2021, the race gets a new sponsor, a new name, and a reconfigured route.