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Teams & Riders Official Wout Van Aert thread

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It's probably possible for him to start the Giro. The question is whether it makes sense. I don't think so when you think about his other season goals.
I remember Jurgen Van den Broeck crashed hard out of the TDF in 2011, broke multiple ribs, his shoulder and had a punctured lung. He was in the best form of his life that summer. He started the Vuelta which was roughly 5-6 weeks after his crash, about the same time Van Aert would have in case he wants to start the Giro. Maybe it would be good enough to win some stages vs Giro competition, i don't know. But in case of JVdB, it was clear he did not reach the level in the Vuelta that he had at the Tour.

He's probably better off going to the TDF, take it a little easier than other years, and focus on WCC and OG.

Edit: this post was written before the news of a broken sternum. I have no idea how much more complicated that makes his recovery.
 
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If you know anything about Wout van Aert, you know that he won't give up after this. His main strength is his mentality. Fighting against a more physically gifted rival has taught him this. And it's not like this is a Chris Froome or Egan Bernal type of injury, where it's the question whether he can even ride his bike again.

He has already had such an injury, after he crashed into the barrier in the Tour time trial. That was serious. The doctors wondered whether he could even walk, let alone ride his bike. This is nothing compared to that.
MVDP is only "more gifted" in the cobbled classics, but Wout is the more gifted in everything else, climbing, TTs and field sprints, thus who is the more gifted?
 
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Calm down mate, you are the only one who is taking this so serious. It was just a joke, you don't need to write a statement full of BS, go dinner with the lady. Good dinner and easter.
I like facts im not used to forums so much i cant tell the difference all the time when someone is trolling or not.

My problem is that i probably think everyone is over 18 here and is serious. Anyway im all calm downed lets celebrate life instead come to Nice and ill buy you a wine and you will have a laugh when you see who i am i guarantee a good night with laughter.

Untill next time boys. And again im gutted for you WVA one of the most sincere gents in cycling. Get well cycling is better with you in it.
 
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MVDP is only "more gifted" in the cobbled classics, but Wout is the more gifted in everything else, climbing, TTs and field sprints, thus who is the more gifted?
Well, for one, MVDP is more gifted in the sport they both competed in as youngsters, cyclocross. MVDP also happens to be world champion on the road, can't remember a lot of cobbles in that race :)

I like both riders, but if I had the choice, I'd rather be MVDP. Probably even Van Aert would agree.
 
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No but a broken collarbone with broken ribs means the foreseable future is done (Classics-Giro-Tour-Olympics). Maybe he can come back for Worlds.
Yeah, to anyone who has never had broken ribs, you have to understand how difficult it is to heal, because you cannot isolate those breaks, and just breathing causes constand stress on the fracture. Not to mention trying to get out of bed, or wiping your a$$ being really painful and difficult. Also, the ribs will absolutely affect his ability to train. A collarbone, you can isolate...ribs are the problem here.
 
Well, for one, MVDP is more gifted in the sport they both competed in as youngsters, cyclocross. MVDP also happens to be world champion on the road, can't remember a lot of cobbles in that race :)

I like both riders, but if I had the choice, I'd rather be MVDP. Probably even Van Aert would agree.
And he lives in a time where, if there were no MVDP, he would be racking up win after win after win...but that isn't the reality we have.
 
I guess Wout van Aert's next goal must be the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France. I don't think he will be 100% ready before.... with a broken collarbone and broken ribs. The Tour de Suisse could also be an option instead of the Critérium du Dauphiné. I don't believe he will ride the Tour of Austria instead of the Tour de France.
Because shouldn't he have some races in his legs before his second big goal for the season - the Olympic Games?
 
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More footage of the crash

Posting this here too for anyone not checking the race thread.

Edit: Belgian IP required.
I can't see, because no Belgian IP. Does it show exactly what happened? It seems like it was just one of those racing incidents, that is hard to actually place blame. Just a bunch of really fast guys in a bunch, jostling for position, and there not being enough space for all of that to happen in.