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by Mark Zalewski
April 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Colbrelli wins De Brabantse Pijl; Cavendish diagnosed with mononucleosis from Epstein Barr; Two riders on Czech Continental team test positive, possible team sanction; British Cycling independent review report release delayed again; Wout van Aert to race all the Spring Classics?; In memory of Mike Hall, the man who inspired a world of cyclists; Dibben ‘finished’ Paris-Roubaix despite time cut; No more hippies and explorers: a lament for the changed world of cycling; Could financial problems in Bahrain affect team?; Pon Holdings looking to acquire Accell Group; E-bike legislation signed into law in Colorado; Video: Night Riders by Racing Club; Track Cycling: What is the Omnium?
A question that has been circulating within Belgian cyclocross for some time now is when world champ Wout van Aert will shift his focus to the road. While he has danced around this issue, he has said that he wants to race Paris-Roubaix and the Tour de France. He posted some impressive road results last season — winning the prologue of the Baloise Belgium Tour and Schaal Sels, while also taking two second place results. But now it seems there is a more concrete answer as Het Laatste Nieuws reports his coach saying he could focus on a full Spring Classics schedule for 2018.
Wout Van Aert after winning the 91th Schaal Sels.
“Wout said he wanted to try all the Classics as a test, but I recommended to him it as a choice — either he goes full on with the plan, or he chooses a hundred percent for cyclocross,” said Marc Lamberts.
“Both ways in the current state of cycling is not an option anymore.”
Lamberts said Van Aert will race only about 30 cyclocross events this coming season instead of the 42 he did last season, which would allow him to be fresh earlier.
Because he races for the Vérandas Willems-Crelan team, which also has a ProContinental side managed by Nick Nuyens, the option is easier — but will also depend on the team getting invites to the bigger Classics, like Paris-Roubaix, which is difficult. However, having the multi-time cyclocross world champion on the roster could help that cause for the team.
Click through to read more at Het Laatste Nieuws.