Van Aert must lose weight after cyclocross season

The 26-year-old Belgian is at a concentration in Tenerife to get to the Classics. He will need three weeks "to be able to win", they point out in his team.


The duel between Van der Poel and Van Aert is already a winter classic. With the cyclocross season over, both of them are already setting their goal on the road and it is Wout who has had the best results in 2020. That is why there are many eyes on the Jumbo-Visma rider. A lot will be demanded of you and from the first moment, although it will take time to get to your best shape.

"I was hoping that Wout had come to Tenerife with a slightly wider base, but there is no need to dramatize. He is at a good level, but he should be better. Although there is work to be done. It is good to compete in the part final, but not to win ”, acknowledged Marc Lamberts in an interview with the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.

How can it be that it is not right if it comes from cyclocross season? There is the key. “The countless sprints, the steep climbs, having to put the bike on your shoulder, keep your balance… that makes the trunk gain muscle and he generates it easily. But you can't just remove them. You must remove two kilos. Its alot. He trains very hard on Teide. That training and a strict diet don't go hand in hand. Wout is limiting protein, "admits Lamberts.

The Belgian will be in Tenerife until March 1, so he will miss the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne that take place on the last weekend of February. His debut will be at the Stade Bianche. Then it will go to Tirreno-Adriatico and focus on the Spring Classics, in which they will reach their peak of form.

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