Van Aert takes his first win of the cyclo-cross season in Ardooie

Wout van Aert waits for the start of the Iowa City World Cup

Wout van Aert took his first cyclo-cross win of the 2018/19 season on Thursday when the Belgian won the Kermiscross in Ardooie, in West Flanders, Belgium, for the third year in a row. Van Aert has endured a difficult past few months away from the bike in that his former team, Veranda's Willems-Crelan , announced in August that it was to merge with the Dutch Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij road team to create a new squad for 2019 – yet Van Aert said that he wasn't told about the deal until the 11th hour, and was unhappy about it. Van Aert has already signed a deal to join LottoNL-Jumbo in 2020 – or Team Jumbo, as it's set to be called from next season. The 24-year-old had enjoyed a hugely successful road season with Veranda's Willems-Crelan in 2018, taking third place at the Strade Bianche, second place on a stage of the ...

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