Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) triumphed at Herentals on Wednesday in the fifth spherical of the X2O Cyclocross Trophy.
The Belgian champion won solo, signing the 8th victory of his season in the plowed fields.
“WVA” was by no means apprehensive Wednesday, he who left his rivals after barely a lap and a half of the race. Briton Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) failed at 1:06, Toon Aerts (Baloise – Trek Lions) at 1:07.
Only the assembly of Hulst, in the World Cup, escaped Wout van Aert, who triumphed in Val di Sole and Dendermonde in the World Cup too, in Boom and Heusden-Zolder in Superprestige, in Loenhout and Baal in this X2O Trophy in addition to in Essen.
Wout van Aert is not going to compete in the Worlds
Wout van Aert introduced, in the wake of his success at Herentals on Wednesday in the course of the fifth spherical of the X20 Trophy, that he is not going to journey to the United States to compete in the World Cyclocross Championships in Fayetteville (29- January 30).
The Belgian National scheduled for Sunday can be his final look in the plowed subject this season. “I will not go to the Worlds. It’s a shame but it is an inevitable decision in view of the spring classics (on the road, editor’s note)”, launched the Belgian. “Winning the Worlds and the Tour of Flanders is too complicated.”
The American assembly is now the orphan of its two prime names. Indeed, the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel introduced Wednesday to finish his season on account of again ache.
On the ladies’s aspect, Dutch world champion Lucinda Brand won solo, edging her compatriots Denise Betsema and Annemarie Worst by 49 and 59 seconds respectively. Sanne Cant completed 4th, simply off the rostrum.
Brand pocketed the sixteenth victory of his season and fell 2 seconds behind Betsema in the general standings. “I thought I was going to be a little tired but everything went well. My start was not great but I was able to come back up quite easily.”
Triple for Thibau Nys
For his half, Thibau Nys won a 3rd straight race among the many hopes after his successes at Loenhout and Baal. He beat Dutch world champion Pim Roonhaar and Niels Vandeputte. “I’m in a good period. Everything is finally coming together after a difficult period,” commented the Belgian sportsman of the yr.
The Dutchman David Haverdings won in the juniors, forward of the American Jack Springer and the Canadian Ian Tackert. In the junior ladies, Leonie Bentveld won forward of Mirre Knaven and Julia Kopecky.
The sixth of the eight rounds of the Trophy can be held on January 22 in Hamme. The conferences in Lille on February 6 and in Brussels on February 13 will punctuate the season.