Offical Wout Van Aert isn't a new Zdenek Stybar

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Update on Van Aert, and it's not good news. He's still walking with crutches and has to fully rest for another 3 weeks. Then he should be able to start his recovery, though they are being very careful given the nature of the injury. His entourage says it's unlikely he'll ride cyclocross this winter.

Him missing the season is a huge bummer for the cross but I'll already be glad if he makes the cobble classics in top shape.
Well, that sucks. Men's cross had already become a bit boring even with Wout. Without him...well at least the races MVP skips will be entertaining and the women's races are always great.

On the plus side, I could see this being a positive for his classics season. He could hit peak form perfectly and be fresher due to the limited CX schedule. I could definitely see him picking up his first big one day win, maybe even one of the biggies. In any case, he shouldn't rush anything to get back for cross.
 
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Well, that sucks. Men's cross had already become a bit boring even with Wout. Without him...well at least the races MVP skips will be entertaining and the women's races are always great.
During the last cross season Toon Aerts was actually the better challenger against VdP. And the only one who actually beat him (once, on the Koppenbergcross, but still.). So I'm not sure it'll change much.
 
During the last cross season Toon Aerts was actually the better challenger against VdP. And the only one who actually beat him (once, on the Koppenbergcross, but still.). So I'm not sure it'll change much.
hehehe... he. My eyes are basically rolling out of their sockets.

Because last year was a reference. Van Aert without a team or teammates, with legal troubles on his mind, having to get a new soigneur, mechanic himself. Having to get his bike and parts from the manufacturers in order to respect his sponsorship deals etc. Let's forget about the previous 5 years when he mopped the floor with Aerts.
 
Most of those issues date from September, right? Aerts still went on to beat Van Aert in the Belgian nationals more than 3 months later, so I don't think you can boil it ALL down to the break-up with Nuyens (though the legal issues likely did have a longer lasting impact).

It's really not such an odd statement from jflemaire. Sure, you can cut Van Aert some slack for the past winter, but let's not forget he was already losing terrain on MVDP in 17/18, and also Aerts' level improved more than Van Aert's compared to the year before (with Wout still being the better rider obviously, especially at the end of the season).

Now that Van Aert is likely more focused than ever on the road meanwhile Aerts is a 100% cyclocrosser, I'm not convinced either that Wout would have consistently beaten Aerts week in week out again.

BUT, imo Wout's popularity and "status" have skyrocketed after the Tour and his presence alone would have added another dimension to the cross.
 
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During the last cross season Toon Aerts was actually the better challenger against VdP. And the only one who actually beat him (once, on the Koppenbergcross, but still.). So I'm not sure it'll change much.
Aerts was the only one to beat MvdP once, however Van Aert was clearly the better challenger. He finished in front of Aerts in the majority of the races.
 
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Aerts was the only one to beat MvdP once, however Van Aert was clearly the better challenger. He finished in front of Aerts in the majority of the races.
Wout was targeting Roubaix in a few months and IMO was structuring his training towards that, thus detracting from CX performance.

He would have been on the podium in Roubaix with a bit more luck too.
 
Teammates?

And I specifically mentioned the Belgian nationals, which took place in January.
Yeah, teammates. You think having teammates is only to do some work for you? You don't think there is a huge psychological advantage by being part of a team?

So you mentioned january, did he have teammates then? Teamsupport? Were his legal issues dealt with then? No, so what the f* are you even talking about? The impact on his season was huge.
 
Yeah, teammates. You think having teammates is only to do some work for you? You don't think there is a huge psychological advantage by being part of a team?

So you mentioned january, did he have teammates then? Teamsupport? Were his legal issues dealt with then? No, so what the f* are you even talking about? The impact on his season was huge.
You do realize that his only teammate was Merlier, right? How the hell is not having him as a teammate of any sort of influence? You think they didn't go train together anymore if they wanted to? That he had to stay in a freakin hotel all alone the night before a race that took place 50 km from where he lives?

Oh and if having teammates in cx is apparently super important, that's not an excuse anymore since he went on training camps with Jumbo already in that period ;)

About team support. What are you suggesting exactly? That he had to clean and fix his bike himself? Of course not. This guy has a personal mechanic, personal trainer etc. etc.

Like I said, the legal issues likely did have a longer lasting impact, mentally. How much and how long? Nobody can tell. So your suggestion that the impact was huge, is pure speculation as well.
 
Dude, people more knowledgeable than you, have said the psychological impact was immense. But whatever. You seem to know best. I'm done discussing this with you.
Where did I deny that there was a psychological impact?! I mentioned in all my posts that I acknowledged there was an impact. Yeah, no point in going further, because this is pretty annoying.

Also funny that you 'accuse' me of knowing better.
 
That's what they corrected with the second surgery in Belgium, if I understood correctly. He still cannot walk normally at the moment, and they're taking things very slowly. It's a bit worrying.
 
That's what they corrected with the second surgery in Belgium, if I understood correctly. He still cannot walk normally at the moment, and they're taking things very slowly. It's a bit worrying.
CX season is basically lost anyway so there's no need to rush the recovery... at least I hope that's the real reason for taking the things rather slowly.
 
I just wanted to know how they would address this problem.
Jagartrott's post suggests it has already been fixed, which is what I hope.
Yes, it was addressed when he was back in Belgium. They noticed something was wrong but by that time more than a week had passed. This was already posted in this topic some weeks ago. But the exact problem was never stated.
 
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