Van Aert: Mathieu is the deserved world champion

Wout Van Aert was second at the World Championships in Bogense

Defending three-time world champion Wout Van Aert (Belgium) had to settle for the silver medal at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bogense. Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) rode away to a solo victory, and his first rainbow jersey since 2015, but Van Aert sportingly said his rival deserved to be world champion. "I am glad that I can turn the page,” Van Aert told Sporza . "I fought, I raced as fast as possible, and I think like everyone, I must admit that Mathieu was stronger today, he deserves to be world champion." Van Aert was relieved the cyclo-cross season is over, after several months riddled with legal battles over his contract. He will now turn his attention to the road racing season, where he will compete in his first full year on the WorldTour after having signed a three-year deal with Jumbo-Visma. "I am very relieved that today ...

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