Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) put in a devastatingly dominant trip in his first cyclo-cross race of the season, taking out the win on the Superprestige in Growth by an enormous margin over second-placed Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek).
Van Aert was uncertain of how he would fare after coming down with a light chilly (he examined adverse for COVID-19) this week however was instantly a stage above the very best, using a steep climb the place others needed to run.
That transfer and a crash from Aerts allowed Van Aert a lead that he by no means relinquished.
“I instantly felt that I used to be good and will transfer up shortly. I had not anticipated that in any respect,” Van Aert mentioned based on Sporza.
“I really thought that I’d make a distinction with Toon, however after I out of the blue regarded again, I noticed that the hole was giant. I then regarded for my very own tempo and that turned out to be quicker than that of the remaining.”
Within the closing laps, Van Aert’s lead edged shut to 2 minutes however then, on the second to final lap, he misplaced management on the slick descent the place so many others had fallen and landed on the drive-side of his bike. Along with his chain off, he needed to run to the pits for a brand new bike nevertheless it hardly mattered.
“That is what you get when you’ve got such an enormous lead; you lose some focus and I used to be already a bit drained. However that is a part of it,” he mentioned.
The Belgian champion performed down the importance of taking such a commanding victory in his opening race. Final season, it took Van Aert 4 races earlier than he lastly received in a equally gnarly race in Herentals. This season, the remainder of the sector has been racing an unusually heavy calendar made extra taxing by virtually weekly World Cups.
“We must always not draw too robust conclusions from this, however I’m in any case a lot better than I anticipated,” Van Aert mentioned. “These coaching hours within the rain final week weren’t for nothing. And it offers confidence for what’s to come back.”
Aerts was additionally stunned by how robust Van Aert was within the race. “It’s unbelievable what Wout van Aert is doing right here. It was to be anticipated that he would be part of proper as much as the entrance. However the truth that he gave such a lap after one spherical reveals a number of confidence.”
Van Aert has a packed cyclo-cross calendar, and plans to race subsequent weekend’s double in Essen and Val di Sole in Italy earlier than attending the Jumbo-Visma staff camp in Spain. He’ll return for the Christmas races on the Dendermonde World Cup on December 26 and race the complete schedule by means of the Belgian championships on January 9.
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