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Decimated. Jesus Christ. Piddy also amazing up to this point. He has Aerts dying a thousand deaths just to try and get on his wheel. Aerts might have a bit more in the tank at the end though, let’s see.
 
Pidcock really knows how to peak for the Worlds.
Van der Poel will win this with a gap almost as big as Van Aert's in Valkenburg.

Van Aert already catching Aerts. Amazing what he's doing.
 
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I think van Aert could have overtaken Pidcock if he didn't have that puncture. He lost a lot of time. Came back to 10s on Pidcock, punctured, lost 15 seconds, and is again gaining on Aerts and riding away from Sweeck.

Aerts mistake, as understandable as it was, was probably trying to follow Mathieu. Wasted a lot of energy there.
If you want to settle for silver before the start, then yes, it was a mistake. If you want to win, how unlikely it may be however, it was the only thing to do.
 
I know what you mean, but I don't agree it was a mistake. That's all. It was a course which should suit him, and as a pro athlete you should always try to go for a win. Especially in a WCC and especially if you have been able to beat him in the past (if only a few times).
 
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I know what you mean, but I don't agree it was a mistake. That's all. It was a course which should suit him, and as a pro athlete you should always try to go for a win. Especially in a WCC and especially if you have been able to beat him in the past (if only a few times).
Call it whatever you want to call it. A mistake, a noble attempt, a necessary attempt as a pro athlete, my point, in hindsight (which is always 20/20), is that it cost him the silver.

I agree that it was the only thing to do as a pro athlete and all of that, so don’t get me wrong.
 
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Great rides from everyone on the podium. In that wind/wetness/cold, hypothermia could easily have jumped on someone. That might have been the only thing that could have stopped MvdP today . . . but he rode perfectly and was therefore untouchable. Really impressed by Pidcock--he has an abundance of grit. Aerts didn't look unhappy on the podium, either. Wout van Aert was amazing to reach 4th just six months after his horrible TDF injury. Chapeau.
 
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Van Aert disappointed not to have finished on the podium. Rightly so too as it seems he had a puncture at a very unfortunate moment. Also taking into account that he had to come from behind. He was very strong today everything considered. Definitely on track for the road season.

Disappointment of the day is probably Iserbyt. Had a great season, just couldn’t bring up the goods today.
 
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Van Aert disappointed not to have finished on the podium. Rightly so too as it seems he had a puncture at a very unfortunate moment. Also taking into account that he had to come from behind. He was very strong today everything considered. Definitely on track for the road season.

Disappointment of the day is probably Iserbyt. Had a great season, just couldn’t bring up the goods today.
Yes, and I also wonder whether Iserbyt actually did suffer from the cold a bit more than the others at the front, in the 2nd half of the race.
 

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