Van Aert: It means a lot to win again - it's been a long time

Wout van Aert on the pump track

Mathieu van der Poel may have been absent, but Wout Van Aert nevertheless took a lot of heart from his victory at the Cyclo-cross Bredene on Saturday, which was just his second of the season. Van Aert, the world champion, won the Kermiscross in Ardooie in October but hadn't managed to raise his arms aloft since. As fellow young talent Van Der Poel proceeded to turn everything he touched to gold, the Belgian had been forced to settle for second place six races in a row until Bredene. With Van der Poel and Toon Aerts absent, Van Aert claimed a dominant win, recovering from a fall to finish it off solo. "It means a lot, yes. It has been a long time since I won, and the jersey I have is not one that should always be chasing," Van Aert said in his post-race interview, according to Sporza. "It was ...

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