Wout van Aert encouraged by a World Championships time trial of 'pure strength'

Team Jumbo rider Belgiums Wout van Aert rides during the 20th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race a time trial of 36 km between Lure and La Planche des Belles Filles on September 19 2020 Photo by Marco BERTORELLO AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images
Wout van Aert in the final time trial of the Tour de France, where he took fourth on La Planche des Belles Filles (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Wout van Aert is cramming more into this condensed season than many riders fit into an entire career. Already winner of Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and a stage of Critérium du Dauphiné in August, the Belgian added two sprint victories and a string of super-domestique cameos in the mountains of the Tour de France.

Yet when Van Aert returned home to Herentals from Paris on Monday afternoon, there was little point in unpacking his suitcase. He still has miles to go and promises to keep in 2020.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.