Wout van Aert shrugs off cyclo-cross defeat after a chain problems end his winning streak

Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo-Visma
Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo-Visma (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Wout van Aert was unable to win an eighth consecutive cyclo-cross race in the Hulst World Cup race on Sunday but shrugged off any disappointment, saying: “All good songs come to an end.”  

The Belgian had been on a winning streak since returning to cyclo-cross at the Boom Superprestige race on December 4. However, a first lap chain problem in the Hulst race cost him significant time and forced him to battle back through the field from 40th position. After an hour of intense racing, he managed to finish an impressive fourth, 1:09 behind winner Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers).

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.