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by Mark Zalewski
November 30, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jack Bobridge forced into early retirement; More reactions to team size reduction plan; Roland Liboton: ‘Wout van Aert should be worried’; FDJ moving forward with women’s programme addition; Tour de France to race on Tro-Bro Léon roads in 2018?; Ghent-Wevelgem retires bib 192 for Antoine Demoitié; Louis Vuitton in talks to buy Rapha; Descending the Stelvio with no handlebars or brakes; Police seize $100k of bikes in Gold Coast town; ‘Tour de Celeb’ cycling reality TV show kicks-off; Video: Behind the scenes of Roadtripping Bali; Revolution Cycling Champions League Manchester highlights; Emu attacks cyclist.
Four-time cyclocross world champion and ten-time Belgian champion Roland Liboton says that Wout van Aert should be concerned about his recent dip in form, as Dutch champion Mathieu van der Poel has stacked up recent wins over the current world champ.
Wout Van Aert, winner of the 2016 Trek CXC Cup. Photo: Wil Matthews.
“Wout has on too much on his plate,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. “And he pays now. In the summer we were all quite wild about his performance on the road. Rightly so. How he raced everywhere and rode the final sprints. But does he need that? The effects of it you see today. He has enough strength and endurance, but he looks a little tired. He lacks freshness in his head and in his legs.”
Unlike van Aert, van der Poel began his season late due to a nagging injury. Van Aert’s decision to race on the road this summer, combined with the grueling early season that included travel to North America, could be taking its toll on him just as van der Poel hits his peak fitness.
“Remember that he is still only 22. Moreover, he was winning in the beginning of the season. Then take into account the races which crossed America. Sooner or later you get the backlash of that.
“I think he could limit his programme better. Let that be a lesson to him. I know everybody likes to say that over time Van Aert could win Classics. Maybe that’s still true. But he will have to choose. Nobody can combine road and ‘cross. I’ve tried that before, Roger De Vlaeminck has tried, but sooner or later you will ride against yourself. No one is Superman. Not Wout.”
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