Wout Van Aert confirms he will skip Cyclo-cross World Championships to focus on start of road season
Wout van Aert and his coach had hinted previously that he would not be travelling to the United States for the event in Fayetteville to instead remain in Europe ahead of another busy spring on the road. He confirmed the news after taking home victory at the X2O Trophy in Herentals. Van Aert joins great rival Mathieu van der Poel, who remains troubled by a back injury, in pulling out of the Worlds.
Belgian Wout Van Aert pictured in action during the men's elite race at the Cyclocross World Cup cyclocross event in Dendermonde, Belgium, Sunday 26 December 2021, the eleventh stage (out of 16) in the World Cup of the 2021-2022 season.
Wout van Aert has confirmed that he will not compete at the 2022 World Cyclo-cross Championships.
The Belgian will instead focus on his preparations for the spring classics on the road, remaining in Europe rather than travelling to the USA for the event in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which is due to begin on January 29.
Van Aert is a three-time cyclo-cross world champion and follows great rival and reigning champion Mathieu van der Poel in withdrawing from the Worlds.