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Wout van Aert
Belgian cyclist

Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Belgian cyclist
Is Athlete Sport cyclist
From Belgium
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 15 September 1994, Herentals, Arrondissement of Turnhout, Province of Antwerp, Belgium
Age 28 years
Star sign Virgo
Stats
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Awards
Belgian Sportsman of the year 2020
Sports Teams
Telenet Baloise Lions
Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice
Verandas Willems-Crelan
Cibel-Cebon
Team Jumbo-Visma
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Wout van Aert (born 15 September 1994) is a Belgian professional road and cyclo-cross racer who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Jumbo–Visma. He won the men's elite race at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He joined Team Jumbo–Visma in March 2019, on a three-year deal after terminating his contract with Vérandas Willems–Crelan in 2018.

Career

Van Aert was born in Herentals, Flanders, into a family not involved in cycle racing, although one of his father's cousins is Dutch former professional cyclist Jos van Aert. He started his career in cyclo-cross where he became World champion (2016, 2017, 2018) and Belgian champion (2016, 2017, 2018, 2021).

He rode the 2018 Strade Bianche, held partly on gravel roads in torrential rain. He broke away with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and the pair lead the race for much of the final 40 kilometres (25 miles) before Tiesj Benoot (Lotto–Soudal) attacked from a chasing group to catch and then drop them in the final sector of dirt roads. Benoot soloed to victory by 39 seconds ahead of Bardet, who dropped van Aert in the final kilometre; van Aert ultimately completed the podium a further 19 seconds in arrears, despite having to remount his bicycle after falling on the final climb in Siena.

Transfer controversy

Van Aert rode with the Vérandas Willems–Crelan team during road races in 2018. Over the year, he expressed dissatisfaction with the news that the team was set to merge with Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij for 2019. Having already signed a contract to ride with Team Jumbo–Visma from 2020 onwards, he terminated his contract with Vérandas Willems–Crelan in September 2018. Were he to join another team for 2019, Sniper Cycling – the owners of the Vérandas Willems–Crelan team – were said to be demanding €500,000 in compensation. LottoNL–Jumbo were reported to be interested in signing van Aert a year earlier than originally agreed, and confirmation of the transfer was announced in December 2018, with van Aert joining the team from 1 March 2019.

Jumbo–Visma (2019–present)

Van Aert wearing the white jersey at the 2019 Tour de France

2019

In June 2019, van Aert won two stages and the green jersey in the Critérium du Dauphiné, became national time trial champion, and won the bronze medal in the road race at the national championship. In July 2019, he was named in the startlist for the Tour de France. On 15 July, van Aert won Stage 10 from Saint-Flour to Albi, in a sprint finish ahead of Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan. On 19 July, he had a crash during the individual time trial stage in Pau, and was forced to abandon the race due to his injuries. It was not known at the time whether he would recover for the cyclocross season or even the classics at the start of the 2020 road cycling season.

Van Aert later told newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws that the crash was so severe that it could have ended his career, worsened by a mistake during his surgery, when doctors did not properly work on one of his tendons. In November 2019, van Aert won the Flandrien of the Year award.

2020

On 1 August 2020, Van Aert won the first rescheduled 2020 UCI World Tour race to be held following the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Strade Bianche after attacking solo with around 13 kilometers remaining. The following week, Van Aert won the rescheduled 2020 Milan–San Remo after outsprinting French rider Julian Alaphilippe, the defending champion, of Deceuninck–Quick-Step, in a two-up sprint, after the duo had broken away from the peloton on the descent of the Poggio. On 2 September 2020, he won the 5th stage of the Tour de France from Gap to Privas, in a light uphill sprint. He also won the sprint in the 7th stage Millau to Lavaur. At the 2020 World Championships in Imola Wout van Aert won the silver medal in both the individual time trial and in the road race.

2021

Van Aert started the 2021 road season on 6 March at the Strade Bianche and came in fourth place. He then rode the Tirreno-Adriatico with Overall aspirations, winning the opening stage in a bunch sprint ahead of elite sprinters like Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani. After consistent and strong performances in the rest of the race, including a victory in the last stage, a 10.1 kilometre time trial, he managed to win the points classification and finish second in the general classification behind the 2020 Tour champion Tadej Pogačar. After Tirreno-Adriatico Van Aert became third in Milan–San Remo behind Jasper Stuyven and Caleb Ewan. On 28 March Van Aert sprinted to victory in Gent-Wevelgem after making the winning selection during the early stages of the race. On 18 April Van Aert won the Amstel Gold Race after a thrilling sprint which was decided by a photofinish before Tom Pidcock.

On 7 July Van Aert won Stage 11 of the 2021 Tour de France by attacking on the last climb of Mount Ventoux over 32 kilometres from the finish. Afterwards Van Aert said this victory on such an iconic mountain stage was the biggest win of his career. On 17 July 2021 Wout Van Aert won Stage 20, which was a 30.8km individual time trial, in the time of 0h 35’ 53" [50.3km/h]. On 18 July 2021 Wout Van Aert won Stage 21 winning the 108.4km final stage of the 2021 Tour de France to take his third stage win in the 108th Tour de France race, crossing the finish line on the Champs-Élysées beating Jasper Philipsen to second place and Mark Cavendish to third place. After the race, Van Aert said that "I guess I gave myself a problem because I have to catch a flight tonight (to the Olympics) and all these interviews will take a while... (but) to win three stages like this is priceless". He was the first rider to win a mountain stage, a time trial and a bunch sprint at the same Tour since Bernard Hinault in 1979.

In the Olympic road race he finished 1' 07" behind winner Richard Carapaz but won the sprint in the chasing group, earning the silver medal.

In September 2021, van Aert won the Tour of Britain.

At the 2021 UCI Road World Championships he earned the silver medal in the individual time trial.

Career achievements

Major results

Cyclo-cross

Major championships timeline
Event 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World Championships 2 1 1 1 2 4 2
National Championships 3 1 1 1 2 5 1

Road

2012
4th Overall Sint-Martinusprijs Kontich
2014
8th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
2015
4th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad U23
4th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
2016
1st Schaal Sels
2nd Dwars door het Hageland
4th Grand Prix Pino Cerami
8th Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Prologue
General classification results timeline
Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2019 2020 2021
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France DNF 20 19
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2019 2020 2021
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 2
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya NH
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 47 32
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse NH
Classics results timeline
Monument 2018 2019 2020 2021
Milan–San Remo 6 1 3
Tour of Flanders 9 14 2 6
Paris–Roubaix 13 22 NH 7
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Giro di Lombardia
Classic 2018 2019 2020 2021
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 32 13 11
Strade Bianche 3 3 1 4
E3 BinckBank Classic 2 NH 11
Gent–Wevelgem 10 29 8 1
Dwars door Vlaanderen 83 NH
Brabantse Pijl 2
Amstel Gold Race 58 NH 1
Major championships timeline
Event 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Olympic Games Time trial Not held Not held 6
Road race 2
World Championships Time trial 2 2
Road race 2 11
National Championships Time trial 6 1 1
Road race 63 47 9 60 13 3 1
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified
NH Not Held

Awards and honours

  • Flandrien Award: 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Belgian Sportsman of the year: 2020
  • Belgian National Sports Merit Award: 2020
  • Vlaamse Reus: 2020
  • Kristallen Fiets: 2020
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 13 Nov 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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