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‘In honesty, I believe no more’

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Wout van Aert is a look back at the most eventful year of his career

‘In honesty, I believe no more’

With a victory in Bredene and a fifth place in Diegem, close Wout van Aert (24) moved 2018. That was a good start, ” but the death of Michael Goolaerts and that ploegperikelen were quite heavy. I hope that I can find.’

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Wout van Aert drew courage from the victory in Bredene Saturday. David Stockman/belga

Wout van Aert is a look back at the most eventful year of his career

‘In honesty, I believe no more’

With a victory in Bredene and a fifth place in Diegem, close Wout van Aert (24) moved 2018. That was a good start, ” but the death of Michael Goolaerts and that ploegperikelen were quite heavy. I hope that I can find.’

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Brussels 2018 started fantastic for Van Aert. First, he was for the third time in a row, the Belgian champion, three weeks later, he followed himself for the second time as world champion. ‘In Oostende, I could, supposedly, do not lose, but I was only in the final stage, away from Laurens Sweeck. And at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Valkenburg I had one of the best days of my life on the bike’, he looks back. ‘When I was alone at the head of the reed, was the mental level at all good. I was an hour beyond my limits drive.”

That third world title was by far the most beautiful Of Aert because it is the least expected. At the bottom of the enemy, he used every ounce of frustration that he was throughout the entire season had built up as a result of the dominance of Mathieu van der Poel. To there final a real demonstration.

A trick that he in February in the Danish Bogense want to repeat the process. “I work really far to the championships. I have to be in top shape at the start. A fourth world title, that is all of Albert Zweifel – forty-years – ago that someone out there in the field, still managed to hit.’

Handsome spring

“It was a heavy period, but I was sober enough to know how life is’

After the heavy veldritseizoen wild Of Aert test whether he has a future in the voorjaarskoersen on the road. He did so with brio. Both in Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, he fought until the arrival.

It was, of course, also started well with a podium place in the Strade Bianche. ‘It was fantastic’, says Van Aert. “The feeling was completely different. On crossdagen you stand up in the morning and you have confidence that you will win. In that wegkoersen that was not so. In the Strade Bianche, I came to the start for as long as possible try to follow. That third place was phenomenal. Even two days later I said to myself, ” How can that be that I have such a beautiful price have been driven? With my new team, I hope to again make a step forward.’

The spring ended in a minor key. “I was so pleased with my spring, but then died Michael Goolaerts during Paris-Roubaix. That drama wish you not to do, but of course it was much worse for his family. I then had a hard time to get back into shape to get, but I still done everything.’ That resulted in a win and ended in the Tour of Denmark and a bronze medal at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in Glasgow.

Contractperikelen

“With such a beautiful sweater still need to chase is not fun’

The transition to the new veldritseizoen, however, was overshadowed by the contractperikelen. Van Aert got this year tied the knot with love of his life Sarah De Bie, but the athletic marriage between Van Aert and Nick Nuyens, he signed up of Veranda’s Willems-Crelan, was already on the jump. Final final early Of Aert the separation after the merger with Roompot. Just before his departure to the United States, for the first world cups of the veldritseizoen, broke his contract. Because “impermissible things” had happened, according to lawyer Walter Van Steenbrugge.

The UCI let him have the final drawing for the Jumbo Visma, but there is still a case pending at the labour court. In addition to a heavy fine can also have a sporting sanction by the UCI, depending on the court ruling. But that is only in the autumn of 2019 expected.

“That was a tough period, but I was sober enough to know how life is’, is the response Of Aert now. ‘Values such as sincerity and honesty, believe that I have already long not more. But I have joyfully found that I can always fall back on my family and friends. Also the supporters stay behind me, and continue to applaud. That gives a very good feeling.”

Not as dramatic

By the breach of contract with Nick Nuyens had to Aert a private veldritteam in each other stitches. That was Cibel-Cebon Offroadteam, a eenmansploeg. Partly due to these difficulties, solved this veldritseizoen the expectations are still not in. A controlefreak if Van Aert was able to not only focus on training and courses. With two victories – in Ardooie and in Bredene – can and should he not be satisfied. Already he has been called 15 times a second (which is 12 times in a row, a phenomenon Van der Poel) and two times third. Only three times was he not on the stage. So dramatic is his season so again not.

“I think that also’, is the response Of Aert. ‘Almost everyone would pre-sign for my results. But yes, I’m world champion and have winters known that I fifteen crosses won. Then two very little. It did in Bredene’s a lot of virtue on the head to drive and win. With such a beautiful sweater still need to chase is not fun. I am the first to admit that I like a lot more had won. But I am already so far that I can accept that if there is someone better, I should accept that. I have crosses lost because I was bad luck, but 90 percent of the time it was Mathieu just stronger. But I will continue to fight, every cross again.’

Van der Poel wins 20th victory

Mathieu van der Poel has its twentieth victory of the season with the victory in the Superprestige in Diegem. He was, however, hindered by a crash halfway cross, when he told a steward to bounce back. Van der Poel fell back, but reed then furious everyone to go home. Michael Vanthourenhout was the second, Wout van Aert fifth. (blg)

Results: 1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned/Corendon-Circus) in 1u03’56”, 2. Michael Vanthourenhout 14”, 3. Toon Aerts 39”.

Stand Superprestige: 1. M. van der Poel, 90 points 2. Toon Aerts 80, 3. W. van Aert 66.

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