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Teams & Riders Official Wout Van Aert thread

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Wout's very modest CX calendar (5 or 6 races) leaked and reported by HLN. A sign of increased focus on early season classics (+ Giro)?

A pitty he doesn't CX more. That always brightens my sunday afternoons in december and january.
But a logical step if he wants to be 100% on the road.

Although I kind of think we'll never see the 2021 an 2022 Tour de France Van aert again. That was his peak.
Hope I'm wrong!
 
Although I kind of think we'll never see the 2021 an 2022 Tour de France Van aert again. That was his peak.
Hope I'm wrong!
I think you're right. The older you get, after your peak (maybe age 28), the more frugal you have to be with your matches (race winning efforts). He used a lot of matches last winter battling MvdP on the CX courses. He needs to save some of those matches for the Spring classics if he wants to perform better on the road. A few CX races per year are good for the bike handling skills and intensity to break up the base mile training. Hopefully he has a better spring road campaign with this reduced CX schedule.
 
I think you're right. The older you get, after your peak (maybe age 28), the more frugal you have to be with your matches (race winning efforts). He used a lot of matches last winter battling MvdP on the CX courses. He needs to save some of those matches for the Spring classics if he wants to perform better on the road. A few CX races per year are good for the bike handling skills and intensity to break up the base mile training. Hopefully he has a better spring road campaign with this reduced CX schedule.
I have always routed for Van der Poel but this coming spring season I really hope Van Aert can get some big wins. He is a great rider and a fighter and hopefully a more modest CX will help him!
 
In an interview with mundociclistico, WVA confirmed his main goal for 2024 will be the Giro d'Italia.

—¿Cuál es su máximo objetivo para 2024?
Principalmente el Giro de Italia

— What is your biggest goal for 2024?
Mainly the Giro d'Italia

 
In an interview with mundociclistico, WVA confirmed his main goal for 2024 will be the Giro d'Italia.



And I doubt he's riding the Giro for stages if that's his main goal of the season :cool:
 
I can see him going purely for the Giro and skipping the classics. He might think MVDP and Pogacar might get saturated of it after this year, and thinks he has a bigger chance in 2025. Or he just wants to challenge himself and try to go for a new goal.

EDIT: Just read an article his new coach is Mathieu Heijboer, which also indicates he will go for the GC in the Giro.
 
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Wiggo did it, Dumo did it, Thomas did it, WVA can do it.
Dumoulin is no comparison. He was way lighter than Van Aert is, he didn't have to lose much weight to become a GC rider. I don't know about Thomas' weight but he never looked all that big either. I don't think GC will be the goal, or maybe in a YOLO kind of way. But I think Van Aert's climbing is a little overrated. Because he can climb quite well from breakaways doesn't mean that he can do it day after day against the best climbers in the race.
 
Dumoulin is no comparison. He was way lighter than Van Aert is, he didn't have to lose much weight to become a GC rider. I don't know about Thomas' weight but he never looked all that big either. I don't think GC will be the goal, or maybe in a YOLO kind of way. But I think Van Aert's climbing is a little overrated. Because he can climb quite well from breakaways doesn't mean that he can do it day after day against the best climbers in the race.

partially agree about Dumo. he was a strong, and not light for sure, member of the Kittel train. Thomas and Wiggins were strong and heavy for racing on the track. WVA will have to shed weight, and he can do it. I think Jumbo saw what he did during the Hautacam 2022 stage (and the whole TDF) and knew he can do it. Jumbo can make him do it.
it's Sky 2.0, but faster