Wout van Aert unwell ahead of planned cyclo-cross season start

BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 06 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team JumboVisma during the 6th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2020 Men Elite De Schorre Boom Superprestige2021 SPBoom SuperprestigeCX on December 06 2020 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) races Superprestige Boom in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Wout van Aert won the Crystal Bicycle trophy for a second time on Wednesday, however, it was Slovenian Jumbo-Visma teammate Primož Roglič that collected the award for the best performing Belgian rider on his behalf. Van Aert was only able to attend via video call after waking with a cold.

The three-time world cyclo-cross champion, who plans to start his season in the discipline on Saturday at the the Superprestige in Boom, was also unable to complete his planned training as “when I got up I had a sore throat and felt very tired,” Van Aert was quoted as saying in a Het Nieuwsblad report.

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