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by Mark Zalewski
January 10, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UK Anti-Doping chairman vows to find out contents of Wiggins’ medical package; Lieuwe Westra announces retirement; Alex Peters to step back from joining Team Sky; Étoile de Bessèges suffering from financial shortfall; Niels Albert: van Aert has plenty of time to left to win; Aqua Blue Sport to donate portion of prize money to Emerald Fund; Nys says no pressure on son following national championship; Possible 2018 UCI Road Worlds course leaked; Isle of Man picked to host 2017 British Road Championships; 2017 US National cyclocross championships highlights.
After defending his Belgian championship in cyclocross, the questions as to whether Wout van Aert will jump over to the road side of the sport, where the potential to earn more money is greater, grew louder. Former champ and current team manager Niels Albert said that the young champion has plenty of time left in his career to do both.
“Do not forget, Wout is still very young — he has 10 or even 15 years left in his career and he continues to evolve, he can perhaps become the greatest,” Albert told Het Laatste Nieuws.
“He is now already doing very well to realize that. But beware, there are always new cyclocross riders coming up. I this morning saw a tweet about a new duel between him and Nys in the future [referring to the son of Sven Nys, Thibau, who won a junior title last week]. All of this could happen in about seven or eight years.”
“At some point you can set as a challenge for yourself to be the greatest of all time. A lot of other riders have done that the past to use as motivation to keep training, keep challenging themselves and remain focused.”
“Wout should now enjoy these moments and not worry about the business of the sport.”
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