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World CHAMPIONSHIP cyclo-cross: obviously, Aerts and Van Aert in the selection, (yet) no place for Tim Merlier

Coach Sven Vanthourenhout has made the selection for the world CHAMPIONSHIPS cyclo-cross published. Among the pros, there is currently no place for Tim Merlier. Only if Toon Aerts Sunday, the world cup win, there should be an eighth compatriot, in this case, Tim Merlier, to the Danish Bogense down. Thijs Aerts is ‘only’ reserve.

Get Belgian champion Show Aerts and his brother Thijs as mental support for the world cup cyclo-cross in the Danish Bogense? That must be just about the most important question have been in the hours leading up to the announcement of the world cup selection for the world cup on Sunday 3 February driving. The answer is negative. Even though wins Show Aerts to become the world cup, then neither is there is no place for his younger brother. Any eighth starting spot will go to Tim Merlier, support and guidance of… Wout van Aert.

The selections of Wout van Aert and Show Aerts had no one to doubt and also Michael Vanthourenhout and Laurens Sweeck were the certitudes. There were just also Gianni Vermeersch, Jens Adams, and Quinten Hermans added. If there is an eighth rider to Bogense is allowed, then the place to Tim Merlier. Kevin Pauwels and Thijs Aerts are reserves.

“I have the selection with the leaders which is discussed and they can both be found in this group”, commented the coach of his decision. “This is a good Tim Merlier would normally always a certitude, but he has during the past winter, due to circumstances not able to prove it. If he were not there, then he will still be missed. His only task was to keep repeating the first to the first turn in a dive to prevent Mathieu van der Poel would instantly pull away. And there he is again, in succeeded.”

The selection:

Wout van Aert

Toon Aerts

Michael Vanthourenhout

Laurens Sweeck

Quinten Hermans

Gianni Vermeersch

Jens Adams

Tim Merlier (if Toon Aerts, the world cup win)

Reserves: Thijs Aerts and Kevin Pauwels

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Also in the women’s elite was the selection released. Except Belgian champion Sanne Cant is that from Loes Sels, Ellen Van Loy and Laura Verdonschot

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