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Barely 23 years old, but Wout van Aert is already a monument in the field: an overview

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After the departure of Sven Nys and Niels Albert, ensures Wout van Aert for the repayment of the Belgian waiting in the international top of the cross. At the beginning of February 2018, he joined the elite all three national and as many world titles in the bag, but also some victories on the road.

Wout van Aert was born on 15 september 1994 to Herentals. At the age of twelve he received for his communion of a mountain bike, and that was the run-up to a bliksemcarrière as a cyclo cross rider, which he also took advantage of running experience during his youth.

He showed for the first time of heard of in the 2011-2012 season, as tweedejaarsjunior. Van Aert won the Superprestigewedstrijd in Ruddervoorde, only the Dutch supertalent Mathieu van der Poel could not win. Also picked up the Flemish are both on the BK as the world CHAMPIONSHIP silver.

In his first year as a promise he wrote the final standings of the world cup to his name after a win in Zonhoven, Casting and Gavere. The BK and WK contributed in bronze.

In the 2013-2014 season won Of Aert the overall standings in the Bpost Bank trophy (now DVV Verzekeringen trophy) and most of all, he was in the Netherlands Hoogerheide world champion in the promises. In 2014, he won the road stage and the overall classification of the Tour of Liège, the Koppenbergcross for Sven Nys as one of a number of crosses and he was in the German Lorch also European champion in the field. He also holds a first of three consecutive overall rankings in the Bpost Bank trophy.

The beginning of 2015 set Of Aert the real transition to the pros, earning a bronze medal in the Belgian championship and the silver medal at the world championships.

In the season 2015-2016 managed By Aert as the first after Nys a “grand slam” or ended in the three regelmatigheidsklassementen (world cup, world Cup and DVV Insurance trophy). In January 2016, he was in Lille, in a first of three consecutive times champion of Belgium, and a few weeks later in Heusden/Zolder world champion (for the Dutchman Lars van der haar). He triumphed that season, just like the subsequent, eighteen times in the field.

He won in 2016 on the road , for no one less than the German Tony Martin, the prologue of the Tour of Belgium and the Scale of Sels.

In the season 2016-2017 defended in Luxembourg with the success of his rainbow jersey. He was primus inter pares in the world Cup and the DVV Insurance Trophy.

On the road won Of Aert, among others, the Tour of Limburg and the Grand Prix Pino Cerami.

In season 2017-2018 degraded Of Aert and Van der Poel, the competition virtual to extras, in the mutual duels, it was usually the Dutchman who made it. In Hoogerheide was the Belgian on January 28, 2018 for the eighteenth time in second, but the condition was rising, and a great day earned him the beginning of February in the Dutch town of Valkenburg a third world title in a row with the pros on.

Two weeks earlier, on the BK in Koksijde, was Laurens Sweeck the only one who is the winner Of Aert nearly three-quarters competition difficult. The Lillenaar intended that third national title as “the hardest”, but “a championship, you win always on the mental strength”.

On the wegprogramma of 2018, the Tour of Flanders on the menu.

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