Van Aert says weight played factor in Koppenbergcross

Wout Van Aert rides in the front at Koppenbergcross

Wout van Aert (Cibel-Cebon) believes that his weight hindered him in the Koppenbergcross after he was dropped on the final climb on Thursday. Van Aert came home for third place but could not keep up the pace of Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) and Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Bingoal) the last time up the Koppenberg. Van Aert hasn’t been hitting the mince pies early, however, and says that it’s his higher muscle mass that made it harder for him to keep the wheels of his rivals on the incline. "My fat percentage is as low as it used to be,” Van Aert told Het Nieuwsblad . "But in recent years I was much lighter in muscle. On the Koppenberg, I had to go up with guys who are much lighter built. "I am fairly satisfied, I was able to fight, also mentally. I was ready to go through the wall.” Van Aert ...

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