Will we see Wout van Aert in the field a week earlier than expected? The Belgian champions usually resume at the beginning of December on weekends in Baum (4/12) and Antwerp (5/12), but since the reinforcement after the holidays is more favourable than expected, the Kortrijk cross (November 27) will also be a serious matter. . rival.
Wout van Aert has a special relationship with the Kortrijk Cross. Last year, he also dived into the field for the first time at West Flemish Urban Cross. The main sponsor of the Kortrijk cyclo-cross is Caps van G&V. The gas station network has also been Van Aert’s personal sponsor during past winters. When Van Aart was asked last month if he would be in Kortrijk again, he replied: “If I was there, it would be in my pants. I won’t start racing until the beginning of December.”
It was not a white lie. The Jumbo-Visma rider had planned that Van Aert – out of respect for his patron – would travel to Kortrijk as a tourist. However, there could also be shorts under the jeans, because Van Aert has been training since October 27, and pre-season cross-season runs more smoothly than expected.
If Van Aert starts racing at the end of November instead of the beginning of December, he will be the first cyclists on the road to dive into the field. Tom Pidcock starts December 4th. Matthew van der Poel, Gianni Vermeersch, and Tim Merlier will only comment on the starting number after training their team with Alpecin-Fenix, starting December 11.