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Van Aert has to settle for silver at World Championships after flat tyre

Van Aert has to settle for silver at World Championships after flat tyre

Wout van Aert has finished second at the cyclocross World Championships in the Belgian coastal town of Ostend. Partly due to a flat tyre, the Team Jumbo-Visma rider had to acknowledge his superior in Mathieu van der Poel.

Van Aert’s start was strong. He quickly took the lead and due to a crash by Van der Poel he was able to create a big gap. However, a flat tyre quickly ruined Van Aert’s chances of winning. The Dutchman came back and was able to create a substantial lead. The best one-day rider of 2020 kept fighting, but couldn’t catch the leader anymore.

“Of course I am a bit disappointed”, Van Aert said. “The start was good and at one point I was in a favourable situation. The puncture cost too much time and effort though, which is why I exploded. I am also a bit disappointed in myself. I couldn’t fight back like I normally can. The puncture was bad for the morale. I never let my head hang down, but I couldn’t reach a higher level anymore.”

"I never let my head hang down, but I couldn’t reach a higher level anymore."

Wout van Aert

Van Aert had nice words for the new wearer of the rainbow jersey. “Mathieu and I are evenly matched. The one who takes a lead can afford a small mistake. We have a deserved world champion. I didn’t get any closer in the second part of the race. I did miss the supporters, but of course Mathieu did as well. Hopefully they will be back soon.”

The road season is almost there for the Team Jumbo-Visma rider. “Now I’m going to enjoy the rest all week and prepare for the new goals for this year.” Normally, Van Aert will ride his first race in Italy. There he will try to prolong his title in Strade Bianche.

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