2015 doesn't count? Because everybody seems to be forgetting van Aert was the strongest in that race.I guess the puncture monster has bitten evenly at World Championships now, MVDP in 2017 and WvA in this edition.
You mean after van Aert had to ride half a lap on a flat tire and had to gass himself trying to come back? You don't say.The puncture was obviously unfortunate, critical, and possibly decisive. I'm not prepared to say it cost WVA the race, but it's hard to imagine a more critical juncture when it could have occurred.
On the other hand, MVDP was better on the bridge climbs (not a surprise, to me) and improved in the sand over the course of the race while Wout seemed to get worse (definitely surprising). The gap after Mathieu's crash had stabilized and was starting to come down before the puncture. Certainly a "mentally tough" performance by the winner, which might come as a surprise to some in the previous pages of this thread.
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.