Apparently some know better than van Aert himself when he punctured.
Well, it was nice to learn a bit about the sport from you. If he flatted at the pits it didn't affect his speed for about a minute and a half, which is a feat in itself.Dutch fanboy goes on ignore. Apparently he knows better than van Aert himself when he punctured.
His tyre was flattening gradually.Well, it was nice to learn a bit about the sport from you. If he flatted at the pits it didn't affect his speed for about a minute and a half, which is a feat in itself.
Yeah... It can be analyzed to the ground and we’re still left with “we’ll never know”. Either that or the fanboys will see it the way that favors their rider. It’s an endless discussion.Very detailed summary but the overall picture gets somewhat lost.
First MVDP loses 3-4 secs on mistake in the sand and then it adds up to 15 seconds from the crash. Slowly by slowly Mathieu picks his way back (down to about 10 secs) and then Wout has his flat and quickly loses some 20 secs.
After getting a new bike Wout fights his way back and on lap 5 after the first sand he is just about to catch Mathieu, but misses out, has to run, loses a few seconds but cooks himself, misses one more time on the sand and when he gets to the top of the bridge he is 13 secs behind. He then makes a second attempt to get back and manages to close the gap down to 9 secs over the long sand stretch. And then again, just before the bridge he has to get off the bike and run with a loss of another 5 secs. After that he is gassed and is consistently slower than Mathieu. It was there and then it all happened. Surely the flat impacted negatively but he was within grasps of catching Mathieu but maybe/likely due to that previous effort he couldn't hold the technique in the sand together. Wout made his best lap when Mathieu had crashed and Mathieu did his best lap on the lap Wout flatted.
In my eyes without both the crash AND the flat the outcome would not have changed. Without the flat but still with the crash? Probably the dynamics would have changed with Mathieu chasing, being more prone to mistakes and Wout possibly more relaxed. Now the table turned and Wout had the stress and the mistakes.
Not sure. His last race was Liege on the road, but seems to have been spending a lot of time in Spain training with his older brother. Interestingly they seemed to be mainly focused on mtb and cx as youths and juniors. As theyve got older, they seem to be more focused on road and cx, with Dan looking to focus mainly on the road now with a sprinkling of mtb last year. They've been national champs at youth and junior in all three disciplines, so I guess they can pick and choose what they want to focus and develop in.Anyone knows why Ben Tulett didn't do a single race this winter?
Is he focusing on the road from now on or did he have some injury?
Van Aert wrote on his Instagram after last sunday that next season the rainbow bands will remain on his arms but he will try to put them back on his chest next year.The Flobikes guys were intimating that MVDP and WVA may not even come over (to the USA) for the WC's. Not sure why they think that. Sounds kind've ridiculous that they would skip.
They're probably right. If they both do the road Worlds, then there is Il Lombardia, which is mid October, then they'll need a break before their CX season.The Flobikes guys were intimating that MVDP and WVA may not even come over (to the USA) for the WC's. Not sure why they think that. Sounds kind've ridiculous that they would skip.
Ireland had been due to host a round in October 2020, but was put back to the 21-22 Series due to the Road season running late last year. It has not been named on that list, but most likely 5th December as Dublin is also hosting the European Cross-Country Championships on Dec 12th. Seems unlikely they would have two major events on same weekend(or hopefully not as I would likely attend both....if they go ahead).UCI World Cup calendar for next season. That USA rounds are pretty bad positioned.
With the World Champs in Fayetteville, why aren't the USA legs in the two weeks prior to the WC? Money savings for the Europeans, who don't need to take two trips around the globe during one season, more time to get rid of the jetlag (going from Hoogerheide, on a sunday, with the first races in Arkansas taking place on next saturday) and with Van Aert, Van der Poel and Pidcock most likely starting their cross seasons late once again, the american audience isn't going to see the biggest names of the sport on their World Cups.
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Yes, I meant the CX World Championships. Will be interesting to see if the do IL though. Was fun watching MVDP try and stay with the lead group on nasty climb that broke up the race a bit - and then bomb the descent, during which I believe he caught and dropped Mohoric - who I understand is known as the best descender in the world.They're probably right. If they both do the road Worlds, then there is Il Lombardia, which is mid October, then they'll need a break before their CX season.