Van Aert hits back at Evenepoel's World Championships criticism

Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team Jumbo-Visma pictured in action during a training session ahead of the 118th edition of the 'Paris-Roubaix' one day cycling race, from Compiegne, near Paris to Roubaix, Thursday 30 September 2021. Due to the ongoing corona virus pandemic, the 2020 edition was cancelled and the 2021 edition was postponed from spring to autumn. For the first time, there will be a women's race Paris-Roubaix as well. BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN (Photo by DAVID STOCKMAN/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Van Aert exploring the cobbles ahead of Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: David Stockman/Belga/AFP/Getty Images)

Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) is looking to make amends for his ultimately disappointing World Championships at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, yet even as he studied the cobbles of northern France, the Belgian national champion could not escape the polemics of the Worlds and the recent comments of Remco Evenepoel. 

The 21-year-old Deceuninck-QuickStep rider had accepted a domestique role in support of Van Aert, yet, during the Sporza chat show Extra Time Koers, he claimed he had the legs to win the world title.

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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix