Gilbert raises longevity questions over Van der Poel and van Aert

Lotto Soudal’s Philippe Gilbert pushes the pace at the 2020 Tour de Wallonie
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) has seen his share of talent rise and fall during his own long and distinguished career. He readily admits admiration for Wout Van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel as they fight it out in cyclo-cross and the Classics but raises questions as to how long the two multi-disciplined riders can maintain their current level and trajectory.

Both Van der Poel and Van Aert typically run cyclo-cross and road seasons back-to-back. That has yielded huge success for both riders in recent years but Gilbert believes that over time both riders may need to sacrifice one discipline for another.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.