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Van Aert starts the cyclocross season in Essen

Van Aert starts the cyclocross season in Essen

The main course of the succulent menu that… Cyclocross It’s getting closer, but to satisfy our hunger, we can now try the first appetizer. Everything is ready. The stage, the Eating Exact Cross which will be held this Saturday on Belgian territory (3:00 p.m., Eurosport). The protagonist, Wout van Aert.

It will be the Visma rider’s first contact with mud this winter, the start of a roadmap that could include a maximum of ten races. In up to four of them, as long as you decide to go there Benidorm CX (January 21) would coincide with the other two big stars of the modality, Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Pidcock. The most exciting weeks of competition, starting with Mol’s exact cross (Belgium) on December 22nd, the first event at which “the three tenors” start.

This Saturday, Van Aert will take a path at home that, like Van der Poel, is ideal preparation for the demanding spring classics, a time in which the most important Belgian goals for 2024: Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

“This winter cyclocross is much more a means than an end. “Everything is based on spring,” he recently explained in Het Nieuwsblad Mathieu Heijboer, Van Aert’s trainer at Visma, who also significantly lowered expectations after the events of last season, in which Wout recorded nine wins and five second places in 14 races: “Wout’s level will be lower than last year. We also want a fresh Wout at the classic rallies. Cyclocross was a goal back then, but not now.” We’ll soon see what he’s capable of.

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