Belgian famous person Wout van Aert is contemplating using the UCI gravel world championships in 2023.
The Jumbo-Visma talisman has stated that he sees the competitors having an excellent future after a profitable first version in October, which was gained by fellow Belgian Gianni Vermeesch of Alpecin-Deceuninck.
Italian rider and Peter Sagan wingman, Daniel Oss took second with Mathieu van der Poel rounding out the rostrum. Sagan additionally rode the gravel worlds himself with a view to “give again to the folks”.
In dialog with WielerFlits (opens in new tab), Van Aert defined that seeing the race gained by Vermeesch on tv whet his urge for food for a future participation.
“I watched the final version on tv and thought it was good to see,” Van Aert stated. “I used to be positively stunned at how a lot consideration this world championship obtained. I feel the world championship on gravel has an excellent future.”
With the competitors coming very late within the season, Van Aert hinted that using the competitors could possibly be a stress-free option to finish his 2023 season.
“The gravel world championships is in fact organised fairly late within the highway season. Then again, I feel this title struggle is much less disturbing than different large targets within the yr,” he stated.
“It’s a lovely sport,” Van Aert added.
After a profitable first version, the second version of the gravel world championships can be held in Italy once more in 2023 earlier than the competitors strikes to Van Aert’s house roads in Belgium for 2024.
The Belgium course will begin in Halle earlier than a end in Leuven, the location of the 2021 highway world championships gained by Julian Alaphilippe.
With one eye to the third version in Belgium, Van Aert hinted that using it in future is firmly in his mindset.
“Sure, I do know that the gravel worlds can be held once more in Italy subsequent yr after which in Belgium the next yr. Perhaps I’ll do it within the years to return,” he stated.
VAN AERT TAKES AIM AT MONUMENT VICTORY
Van Aert is because of journey a number of cyclo-cross races this winter along with his group, Jumbo-Visma, lately releasing his schedule. The Belgian has additionally revealed that his highway calendar is already beginning to take vital form for the brand new season.
The Belgian together with a number of different Jumbo-Visma teammates had been lately seen on the roads of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, getting ready for the opening weekend.
Nevertheless in an interview with Belgian outlet Het Laatse Nieuws (opens in new tab), Van Aert defined that it’s unlikely he’ll return to defend the Omloop title in 2023 and that his programme can be much like his race schedule in 2021.
Van Aert stated: “It’s going to fairly be a program like in 2021, with out Omloop. The main focus is on the classics in April.”
Van Aert and Jumbo-Visma have already acknowledged that two of his large targets can be a monument victory at both Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders in April. He completed second to new teammate Dylan van Baarle at Roubaix this yr.
The Belgian additionally defined to Het Laatse Nieuws (opens in new tab) that peaking 3 times in a single highway season is a tricky process. With that stated, Van Aert hinted that he’ll virtually definitely return to the “race of the yr”, the Tour de France, with Jumbo-Visma subsequent yr.
The Belgian was merely sensational at this yr’s version of the French Grand Tour, profitable the inexperienced jersey in addition to three particular person phases.
“I’ve observed lately that peaking 3 times in a single highway season is tough. I used to be good on the Worlds in Australia, however not as prime as within the spring or the Tour.
“Transferring on to the world’s subsequent summer time after the Tour just isn’t insurmountable,” Van Aert stated.
“I want to journey one other Grand Tour, however the Tour continues to be the race of the yr. It does not get boring attempting to win a Tour stage,” he added.