Van Aert Apologises After Cyclo-Cross Podium Clock Protest

Wout van Aert racing Koksijde World Cup

Cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert has apologised after criticising the UCI for putting a podium countdown clock in the post-race tent at the Namur World Cup cyclo-cross race on Sunday, saying he will respect the clock in Wednesday's Boxing Day World Cup race in Zolder. A large clock showed that Van Aert had ten minutes to get changed after the race and prepare for the podium ceremony. In recent weeks he has opted to spin his legs on the rollers after each cyclo-cross race in pursuit of a marginal gain as he tries to compete against Mathieu van der Poel . However that delayed post-race interviews and the podium ceremony, irritating Van der Poel, who had to wait for his rival despite dominating the races. He had threatened to quit the podium ceremonies if they took too long. UCI regulations state that the top three riders must appear on ...

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