Nailed it. And then there is the mindbending stuff like '19 AG, SB accelerations, and going full broke for yellow in TDF that just make MVDP "different". The Ayrton Senna of cycling in terms of the sublime talent and ability to pull sh-- off that no one else can.Van Aert is a physical and mental monster. No question he'll end up with a bigger road palmares than Van der Poel....but here's an interesting fact to consider:
In how many of Van Aert's 10 victories this season, did he outrace Van der Poel?
Answer: none, really.
in 8 of his 10 wins VdP wasn't even present. The remaining two were stage wins in Tirreno (a classic bunch sprint and TT) where VdP didn't bother.
Meanwhile, Van der Poel has directly beaten Van Aert this season to win:
World Championships CX
Tirreno uphill sprint
Mur de Bretagne
Keeping the yellow jersey in the Tdf TT was a moral win for VdP too. Add E3 and Flanders, where he dropped Van Aert, and well; for all Wout's incredible achievements, the 1 vs 1 balance is still heavily in Van der Poel's favour this season.