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Teams & Riders Official Wout Van Aert thread

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For those who don't think that WvA's crash affected him:
For those followers of CX, Wout (and Mathieu, too) is famous for complaining about various ailments or training interruptions in advance of races and it seems like at least 75% of the time it's just mind games.
 
The problem is: he doesn't only need to follow MVP anymore. I really think if he focus on him, he can do it. However, Pogi showed he is a different beast in Ronde and for me he was even stronger this year compared to last year. And If you ask me If WVA can follow Pogi? I'm sure the answer is no. Not this mutant I saw in this race.

Not the Pogacar we saw last sunday that's for sure but I don't expect he will show up in this kind of form every year (if he even shows up). He just needs to maintain his current level and big wins will come automatically. Even though 2 guys were better he was still much, much stronger than the rest of the field. No reason to panic at all.
 
For those followers of CX, Wout (and Mathieu, too) is famous for complaining about various ailments or training interruptions in advance of races and it seems like at least 75% of the time it's just mind games.
True, I even went as far as to call WvA a 'whiny pants' several years ago because of the way he talked to the press about upcoming CX races. It is probably just mind games, but it was was simple mind games.

My point in this post though is that hitting the deck always takes something out of you for a few days.
 
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For those followers of CX, Wout (and Mathieu, too) is famous for complaining about various ailments or training interruptions in advance of races and it seems like at least 75% of the time it's just mind games.
It is, but if you've watched the interview he really does look quite deflated. He called the suggestion by Van der Poel senior that he was the favourite for Sunday "laughable" if you've seen Mathieu ride in Flanders and MSR. And he's right of course.
 
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well yes, VDP is clearly in better shape. That being said. I still think its true that PR is more suited to Wout. And he can win there without being the best
I don't think so.
Think it refers to being the best in the race, not casually winning Roubaix at 90%.

My pet theory is that an important component of Roubaix is having to hard blast as few sectors as possible cause that really fucks you up, and if you go into the right moves and are always in the front you can actually always race that consistent pace that you can hold to the finish. Last year Van Aert had multiple mechancials and made a lot of attacks before Van Baarle eventually got away.
 
Think it refers to being the best in the race, not casually winning Roubaix at 90%.

My pet theory is that an important component of Roubaix is having to hard blast as few sectors as possible cause that really fucks you up, and if you go into the right moves and are always in the front you can actually always race that consistent pace that you can hold to the finish. Last year Van Aert had multiple mechancials and made a lot of attacks before Van Baarle eventually got away.
But on the flip side always going with the right moves and being in front is almost impossible without a lot of aggressive riding to follow moves and close attacks when groups fracture. I’d say it’s a mix of luck of picking the right train and knowing when to disembark.
 
You got to know the race, or is it better to say to feel the race. Tom Boonen was master of that. It often seem that he exactly knew how will race develop, and he just knew when and where to attack.
Of the current peloton, I would say Van Der Poel is the best at this.
 
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MvdP always has a cartouche left to jump to Wout's wheel even if it kills him. Wout often has to let MvdP go and has to claw his way back gradually.
That's just their respective strengths: Van der Poel is more explosive, Van Aert is less likely to give up. But ultimately Van Aert's problem is that he lacks that extra gear in his biggest targets of the season, for whatever reason.