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Belgian crown for King Regularly

A fourth Belgian title in a row for Wout van Aert, however, first for Toon Aerts

Belgian crown for King Regularly

In a oercross in the Kruibeekse polders continued to Show Aerts yesterday is clearly in the paint that the hierarchy at the top of the Belgian cyclo-cross this season has changed.

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Toon Aerts is thanked especially his mental coach, who taught him during the game at the right moments, the right things to focus. David Stockman/belga

A fourth Belgian title in a row for Wout van Aert, however, first for Toon Aerts

Belgian crown for King Regularly

In a oercross in the Kruibeekse polders continued to Show Aerts yesterday is clearly in the paint that the hierarchy at the top of the Belgian cyclo-cross this season has changed.

VeldrijdenBelgisch championship

Benedict Vanclooster

KruibekeNiels Albert proclaimed it for weeks in advance. In the absence of slokop Mathieu van der Poel would Kruibeke stage of the most haunting cross of the season. The prediction of the Belgian champion of 2011 came from. The protagonists were the two tenors in advance by all connoisseurs to for were pushed, the scenario put the veldritfan repeatedly on the wrong foot.

“In the first two rounds I had trouble with the high tempo’, declared the absolute favourite Wout van Aert why he already asked a couple of times a hole was on Show Aerts. ‘Maybe that was already an omen. But then it made Show a slider on an inclined side, so I was back in the match came. I was through it, I thought. I rode away from him, but I think that I what about my touring’m gone. I started the mistakes to pile up and my rhythm is lost. Show came up again and took over. I could not follow. I have no explanation for, never had I the same feeling as on other championships.’

Leapfrogging

The way in which Van Aert and Aerts yesterday leapfrogging played, was the perfect reflection of how she’s been quite the season – in the shadow of Van der Poel – the top position in the Belgian hierarchy of each other over it. At the start of this veldritcampagne it was Aerts who is the cloth to toetrok, with double wereldbekerwinst in the United States.

‘Mathieu cross there is still a long way to the top, but I think I this season the gap with Wout poem have’

Toon Aerts

Belgian champion

In the middle of October began the world champion, however, turn the tables, and two months later it seemed that he was the national rank had been restored. Van Aert went to the rider of Telenet-Fidea cycling team again systematically in the results in advance, on a minor flaw in Diegem.

To the statistics, the PA talked at first sight, in favor of the world champion. Over the whole season was Of Aert more before Aerts finished in reverse (thirteen versus seven). But behind that superficial balance went a different reality is hidden. Not only did Aerts already have one victory more in his pocket than Of Aert, from his zegelijst also spoke more quality. If there is still debate as to was, that made Aerts yesterday to abolish it: he is this season’s the best Belgian crosser. Self said he to the humble: ‘Mathieu cross there is still a long way to the top, but I think I this season the gap with Wout poem.”

Another approach

Aerts owes his new status to an extra year of experience, but also on two key interventions in its preparation. With his trainer he decided to include it in its training approach over another bow to throw. The focus shifted from mainly explosive training to more long, heavy strength training.

At the same time worked Aerts on his mental toughness. “In August I contacted a mental coach Anja Van Gompel’, he revealed yesterday. “I felt that the more and more on procentjes arrived if I still have progress to make. She has taught me during the race at the right time on the right things to focus: on my looppassen when walked must be on the sign with the number to go round if we pass the finish line, error-free continue if there are beveled edges. I’m not more distracted by what the fans call or whatever.’

The actual reason for the step to mental guidance was the world cup last winter in Valkenburg, where Aerts just next to the stage ended up. ‘I must admit that I was impressed with how quiet Wout there with the pressure treated. I wanted to also, because stress has played me ever an issue.’

Tears of happiness

Until yesterday it was the 25-year-old Aerts is still never good the paint came on a championship, in contrast to his three years younger brother Thijs. In Kruibeke, Show, for the first stage of a BK in the pros. The rider of Telenet-Fidea cycling team was anything but known as a master in the peaks, he was pre-eminently the king of the regularity. “Anyone was ever to say that I find the leaderboards had to leave for what they are and the championships had to aim, but a real crosser should be there every week. I think the ups and downs that Wout and his team have experienced much more mental energy have cost than what I do: focus on the regelmatigheidscriteriums.’

Paradoxically, recorded During his victory of the breakthrough, more than two years ago, precisely in a championship, the european CHAMPIONSHIP in the French Pont-Château. He was then a sophomore and was crying this tears of happiness. That the Big Two for him that day, flanked on the stage, took the Kempenaar a pretty picture to be true. But all the way to value his European title never estimated. And himself, he realized also that he win for a piece of gift had been given by the competition between Van der Poel and Van Aert. Immediately after that was the poulain of Sven Nys in his ascent is inhibited by a fall in a wereldbekercross in Italy. Also last season, could Aerts no klassementscross win, though he finished the year as number three on the UCI ranking.

World cup leader

His season of the breakthrough see Aerts about three weeks at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Denmark will be rewarded with a new statute within the Belgian team. ‘Show in Bogense medekopman with Wout’, confirmed coach Sven Vanthourenhout.

‘Now the question is how I will deal with the wearing of the national jersey’, decided to the newborn During his first press conference with the jersey to the shoulders. “There will be more pressure to come from the outside. But I feel better armed to this sweater to honor after my European title. Maybe this tricolor me more power.’

● Results: 1. Toon Aerts in 1u08:54; 2. Wout van Aert on 0:52; 3. Michael Vanthourenhout; 4. Eli Iserbyt 3:50; 5. Thijs Aerts, 4:07; 6. Jens Adams 4:11; 7. Gianni Vermeersch 4:32; 8. Kevin Pauwels 4:38; 9. Wietse Bosmans 5:05; 10. Nicolas Cleppe 5:06; 11. Quinten Hermans 5:26; 12. Tom Meeusen 5:58; 13 Jim Aernouts 6:21; 14. Laurens Sweeck 7:22; 15. Yannick Peeters 7:59; 16. Vincent Baestaens 8:37; 17. Daan Soete, 8:55; 18. Kenneth Van Compernolle 9:06; 19. Xandro Meurisse 9:24; 20. Ingmar Uytdewilligen 9:44; 21. Mathieu WIllemeyns 11:55; 22. Berne Vankeirsbilck 12:47; at one lap: 23. Jens Gys; 24. Senne De Meyer; 25. Kenny Roelandt; 26. Edwin De Wit; 27. Yelle Leaerts; two rounds: 28. Loïc Hennaux; 29. Jens Teirlinck; 30. Niels Koyen; 31. Yoni Bock; 32. Brecht Vandenheede; 33. Nick Van De Kerckhove; three rounds: 34. Pieter Meelberghs; four rounds: 35. Vincent Oger

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