Two weeks after he finished second at the World Championship cyclo-cross in Ostend, Wout van Aert, together with his team mates from Jumbo-Visma in Tenerife, is preparing firmly for the spring on the road. At the RTBF he looks ahead to a road season with a lot of goals.
“I still feel tired from time to time, but I think it’s more in the head than in the body,” says Van Aert. “After the World Cup cyclocross I took a good week’s vacation and then left for Tenerife.” Van Aert skips the Belgian opening weekend. He starts his road season as defending champion in the Strade Bianche. “An altitude internship takes a good three weeks and because of the World Cup cyclocross I was only able to descend to Tenerife last week. So I am forced to miss the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. For a Fleming that is a difficult decision, but as a sportsman it is the best choice. And the Strade is also not the wrong race to start the season. ”
“There are three periods this season in which I want to be my very best, but if I have to choose one goal above all, I will go for the World Cup in Leuven. It is a course like in the classics with short slopes and cobblestone sections, that offers opportunities for me. But I also want to win a spring classic and ride a good Tour. I think I have a better chance of winning a medal in the time trial than in the road trial at the Olympics. The Games are unique after all. The green jersey in the Tour too, but there will also be a green jersey next year. ”