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We sit close to each other, the world cup is a spectacle’

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Toon Aerts eat Wout van Aert world Cup, winner Van der Poel looks off

We sit close to each other, the world cup is a spectacle’

Also a week before the world CHAMPIONSHIPS was Mathieu van der Poel the best, but never had he had it this season so difficult to win. Especially Toon Aerts continued to accost.

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Toon Aerts remained in Hoogerheide a very long time in the footsteps of Mathieu van der Poel. Cor Vos/photo news

Toon Aerts eat Wout van Aert world Cup, winner Van der Poel looks off

We sit close to each other, the world cup is a spectacle’

Also a week before the world CHAMPIONSHIPS was Mathieu van der Poel the best, but never had he had it this season so difficult to win. Especially Toon Aerts continued to accost.

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Werner Bourlez

HoogerheideWat a season for Toon Aerts. It started with two victories in the United States, then he won the Koppenbergcross and Overijse and after his Belgian colours in Kruibeke, he picked up yesterday in Hoogerheide, the final victory in the world Cup. Moment it seemed that he was even on the way to the forbidding Van der Poel to beat. “I was suddenly a hole, but when Mathieu still came, I knew,” says Aerts.

But Aerts continued to Wout van Aert and relished him as yet of the race of the world Cup. “This means a lot to me. As a young gastje in the junior and promises, I think that no one had dare to predict that I in the elite a ranking would win. And now I am Belgian champion and I win the world Cup. Proof I have these people the contrary. What a droomseizoen.’

And who knows where next week in Bogense another rainbow jersey. “I’m stress-free to ginder, but I do feel that it is a long season.”

Fair Of Aert

‘As a young gastje no one had dare to predict that I in the elite a ranking would win’

Toon Aerts

The miss of the world Cup is this season the umpteenth opdoffer for Wout van Aert, but the world champion was great in the loss. “I was good, but it just had to be my several acknowledge in which two’, says Van Aert. “My start was less, just as a Show, but he could better advance. I came back from internship, is not an excuse. Saturday I felt still tired, but now it was. Yes, this is a disappointment. Now I’m going to this week take a good rest and we’ll see at the world cup. The waardeverhoudingen were now clear, but we are still close to each other. We may Sunday spectacle.”

As a hopeful note for the Belgians: Mathieu van der Poel won, his 26th victory this season, he had this season, never more difficult than yesterday in Hoogerheide. On the Koppenberg I was to go home after an offday, but it is true that the difference for the first time was so small, ” says the Dutchman. “My legs were alright, but the pace in the beginning was too high. Show hurt me. But in one way or another I’m happy with it, because that is a sign that the internship is still in the legs sat. And when I came back my pace was, I came home and still be able to drive off. I am here in the past sometimes a little too well, making it to the world cup. That supercompensation of that placement must not until next week. There, it must happen.’

Ensure to Sweeck
and Vanthourenhout

That he was chosen as Wout van Aert in the final victory in the world Cup still on Toon Aerts had to leave, was good news for Tim Merlier. Therefore, Belgium should an eighth man to the world cup send.

Of the other Belgian world cup-shortlisted were especially Gianni Vermeersch (fifth) and Quinten Hermans (seventh) on the event, while more than 2.5 minutes behind winner Van der Poel. Laurens Sweeck was the thirteenth, but that came Tuesday fall during a bostraining and still had a pain in his shoulder blade and ribs. ‘Nothing broken, but in the second koershelft I had a lot of trouble, and I was cramped on the bike. I hope that I will be there at the world cup no more trouble, but this is not ideal.’

Michael Vanthourenhout was not even at the start. The rider of Marlux-Bingoal ran Saturday a food poisoning and was forced to give up. He had yesterday, still some pain, but hopes today to be able to work out.

● Results: 1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned/Corendon-Circus) in 1u01’30’; 2. Toon Aerts 13’; 3. Wout van Aert 32’; 4. Corné van Kessel (Ned) 2’29’; 5. Gianni Vermeersch 2’38’

Final Standings Cup: 1. Toon Aerts (Bel/Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team Lions) 615; 2. Wout van Aert 613; 3. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) 480; 4. Corné van Kessel (Ned) 445; 5. Quinten Hermans 438

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