"Van der Poel and Van Aert have no other life than cycling"

The Belgian doubts the longevity that his compatriot and the Dutchman can maintain in this sport. He won the Paris-Roubaix at 36 years old.

In the last two seasons, many authoritative voices in cycling have cast doubt on how long the young stars of the international peloton can continue their dominance. When he began to stand out and suffer wear at such an early age, a cyclist of the stature of Philippe Gilbert questions how long the gasoline will last for two riders who maintain a rivalry that is going to be historic: Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel .

"I do not know if it is possible to maintain that level of intensity and life for so long because mentally it is very demanding. They do not have more life than cycling. I do not know if you will be able to last that long. Maybe they have really short but successful races or they will have to choose one discipline or another. I don't know if they can endure like this for 365 days without resting. It is not easy to maintain that intensity, "the Belgian analyzed for Cyclingnews during the last concentration of the Lotto Soudal team.

Y is that after many years of intense battle in the mud, Van der Poel and Van Aert have transferred their rivalry from cyclocross to the road, a multidisciplinary wear and tear that for many can detract from their long-term performance. In this sense, Gilbert recalled that the cyclists of his generation still stood out well past 30 years: "I remember that in 2017 only riders 35 years old or older won the great classics and last year they were only young riders. Young is not an official thing and I still think that the oldest can still win. Of course some of the younger ones are really impressive. We saw Pogacar, Marc Hirschi, van der Poel and so many young talents and that's something we haven't seen. in a long time. Bernal is also still very young. This generation is very impressive. " Although if the good thing about Gilbert knows something is to win Monuments, such as the Paris-Roubaix of 2019, with 36 springs behind him ... 444 444

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