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Wout van Aert
Wout Van Aert (2017-02-01) - World Champion.jpg
Van Aert in 2017
Personal information
Full nameWout van Aert
Born (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 27)
Herentals, Flanders, Belgium
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight78 kg (172 lb; 12 st 4 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamTeam Jumbo–Visma
Disciplines
RoleRider
Rider type
  • Cyclo-cross
  • All-rounder (road)
Amateur team
2018–2019Cibel–Cebon Offroad Team[3]
Professional teams
2013Telenet–Fidea
2014–2016Vastgoedservice–Golden Palace
2017–2018Vérandas Willems–Crelan
2019–Team Jumbo–Visma[4][5]
Major wins
Cyclo-cross
World Championships (2016, 2017, 2018)
National Championships (2016, 2017, 2018, 2021)
UCI World Cup (2015–16, 2016–17, 2020–21)
BPost Bank Trophy (2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17)
Superprestige (2015–16)
Road

Grand Tours

Tour de France
6 individual stages (2019, 2020, 2021)
1 TTT stage (2019)

Stage races

Tour of Britain (2021)
Danmark Rundt (2018)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2019, 2020)
National Road Race Championships (2021)
Milan–San Remo (2020)
Strade Bianche (2020)
Gent–Wevelgem (2021)
Amstel Gold Race (2021)

Wout van Aert (born 15 September 1994) is a Belgian professional road and cyclo-cross racer who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Jumbo–Visma.[6] He won the men's elite race at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in 2016,[7] 2017 and 2018. He joined Team Jumbo–Visma[4] in March 2019, on a three-year deal[8] after terminating his contract with Vérandas Willems–Crelan in 2018.

Career[edit]

Van Aert was born in Herentals, Flanders, into a family not involved in cycle racing, although one of his father's cousins is Dutch former professional cyclist Jos van Aert.[9] He started his career in cyclo-cross where he became World champion (2016, 2017, 2018) and Belgian champion (2016, 2017, 2018, 2021).

He rode the 2018 Strade Bianche, held partly on gravel roads in torrential rain. He broke away with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and the pair lead the race for much of the final 40 kilometres (25 miles) before Tiesj Benoot (Lotto–Soudal) attacked from a chasing group to catch and then drop them in the final sector of dirt roads. Benoot soloed to victory by 39 seconds ahead of Bardet,[10] who dropped van Aert in the final kilometre; van Aert ultimately completed the podium a further 19 seconds in arrears, despite having to remount his bicycle after falling on the final climb in Siena.[10]

Transfer controversy[edit]

Van Aert rode with the Vérandas Willems–Crelan team during road races in 2018. Over the year, he expressed dissatisfaction with the news that the team was set to merge with Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij for 2019. Having already signed a contract to ride with Team Jumbo–Visma from 2020 onwards, he terminated his contract with Vérandas Willems–Crelan in September 2018. Were he to join another team for 2019, Sniper Cycling – the owners of the Vérandas Willems–Crelan team – were said to be demanding €500,000 in compensation. LottoNL–Jumbo were reported to be interested in signing van Aert a year earlier than originally agreed,[11] and confirmation of the transfer was announced in December 2018, with van Aert joining the team from 1 March 2019.[8]

Jumbo–Visma (2019–present)[edit]

Van Aert wearing the white jersey at the 2019 Tour de France

2019[edit]

In June 2019, van Aert won two stages and the green jersey in the Critérium du Dauphiné, became national time trial champion, and won the bronze medal in the road race at the national championship. In July 2019, he was named in the startlist for the Tour de France.[12] On 15 July, van Aert won Stage 10 from Saint-Flour to Albi, in a sprint finish ahead of Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan.[13] On 19 July, he had a crash during the individual time trial stage in Pau, and was forced to abandon the race due to his injuries. It was not known at the time whether he would recover for the cyclocross season or even the classics at the start of the 2020 road cycling season.[14]

Van Aert later told newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws that the crash was so severe that it could have ended his career, worsened by a mistake during his surgery, when doctors did not properly work on one of his tendons.[15][16] In November 2019, van Aert won the Flandrien of the Year award.[17]

2020[edit]

On 1 August 2020, Van Aert won the first rescheduled 2020 UCI World Tour race to be held following the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Strade Bianche after attacking solo with around 13 kilometers remaining.[18] The following week, Van Aert won the rescheduled 2020 Milan–San Remo after outsprinting French rider Julian Alaphilippe, the defending champion, of Deceuninck–Quick-Step, in a two-up sprint, after the duo had broken away from the peloton on the descent of the Poggio.[19] On 2 September 2020, he won the 5th stage of the Tour de France from Gap to Privas, in a light uphill sprint. He also won the sprint in the 7th stage Millau to Lavaur. At the 2020 World Championships in Imola Wout van Aert won the silver medal in both the individual time trial and in the road race.

2021[edit]

Van Aert started the 2021 road season on 6 March at the Strade Bianche and came in fourth place. He then rode the Tirreno-Adriatico with Overall aspirations, winning the opening stage in a bunch sprint ahead of elite sprinters like Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani. After consistent and strong performances in the rest of the race, including a victory in the last stage, a 10.1 kilometre time trial, he managed to win the points classification and finish second in the general classification behind the 2020 Tour champion Tadej Pogačar. After Tirreno-Adriatico Van Aert became third in Milan–San Remo behind Jasper Stuyven and Caleb Ewan. On 28 March Van Aert sprinted to victory in Gent-Wevelgem after making the winning selection during the early stages of the race. On 18 April Van Aert won the Amstel Gold Race after a thrilling sprint which was decided by a photofinish before Tom Pidcock.

On 7 July Van Aert won Stage 11 of the 2021 Tour de France by attacking on the last climb of Mount Ventoux over 32 kilometres from the finish. Afterwards Van Aert said this victory on such an iconic mountain stage was the biggest win of his career. On 17 July 2021 Wout Van Aert won Stage 20, which was a 30.8km individual time trial, in the time of 0h 35’ 53" [50.3km/h]. On 18 July 2021 Wout Van Aert won Stage 21 winning the 108.4km final stage of the 2021 Tour de France to take his third stage win in the 108th Tour de France race, crossing the finish line on the Champs-Élysées beating Jasper Philipsen to second place and Mark Cavendish to third place. After the race, Van Aert said that "I guess I gave myself a problem because I have to catch a flight tonight (to the Olympics) and all these interviews will take a while... (but) to win three stages like this is priceless". He was the first rider to win a mountain stage, a time trial and a bunch sprint at the same Tour since Bernard Hinault in 1979.[20]

In the Olympic road race he finished 1' 07" behind winner Richard Carapaz but won the sprint in the chasing group, earning the silver medal.[21]

In September 2021, van Aert won the Tour of Britain. [22]

At the 2021 UCI Road World Championships he earned the silver medal in the individual time trial. [23]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

Cyclo-cross[edit]

2011–2012
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World Junior Championships
2nd National Junior Championships
2nd Overall Junior Superprestige
1st Ruddervoorde
2012–2013
1st Overall Under-23 Superprestige
1st Zonhoven
1st Gavere
1st Gieten
Under-23 BPost Bank Trophy
1st Sluitingsprijs
2nd Overall UCI Under-23 World Cup
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg UCI World Under-23 Championships
3rd National Under-23 Championships
2013–2014
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Under-23 Championships
1st Overall Under-23 BPost Bank Trophy
1st Hasselt
1st Grand Prix Rouwmoer
1st Azencross
1st Grand Prix Sven Nys
1st Krawatencross
1st Otegem
2nd Overall UCI Under-23 World Cup
1st Citadelcross
1st Nommay
2nd Overall Under-23 Superprestige
1st Gavere
1st Vlaamse Aardbeiencross
1st Noordzeecross
2014–2015
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg UEC European Under-23 Championships
1st Overall BPost Bank Trophy
1st Koppenbergcross
1st Flandriencross
1st Grand Prix Rouwmoer
1st Azencross
1st Grand Prix Sven Nys
2nd Hasselt
2nd Krawatencross
UCI World Cup
1st Duinencross
2nd Grand Prix Adri van der Poel
1st Bredenecross
1st Kasteelcross
1st Eeklo
1st Zilvermeercross
1st Sluitingsprijs
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World Championships
2nd Jaarmarktcross
2nd Waregem
3rd National Championships
3rd Overall UCI Under-23 World Cup
1st Citadelcross
2nd Caubergcross
2nd Grand Prix Erik De Vlaeminck
Superprestige
3rd Vlaamse Aardbeiencross
3rd Noordzeecross
Under-23 Superprestige
1st Gieten
1st Zonhoven
1st Gavere
1st Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne
2015–2016
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st Jersey white.svg Overall UCI World Cup
1st CrossVegas
2nd Caubergcross
2nd Duinencross
2nd Citadelcross
2nd Lignières-en-Berry
2nd Grand Prix Adri van der Poel
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Gieten
1st Zonhoven
1st Gavere
1st Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne
2nd Ruddervoorde
2nd Vlaamse Aardbeiencross
3rd Noordzeecross
1st Overall Bpost Bank Trophy
1st GP Mario De Clercq
1st Koppenbergcross
1st Bollekescross
1st Grand Prix Rouwmoer
1st Scheldecross
1st Grand Prix Sven Nys
2nd Waaslandcross
3rd Azencross
1st Eeklo
1st Steenbergcross
1st Polderscross
1st Neerpelt
1st Zilvermeercross
2nd Silver medal europe.svg UEC European Championships
2nd Boom
2nd Sluitingsprijs
2nd Waregem
2016–2017
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st Jersey white.svg Overall UCI World Cup
1st CrossVegas
1st Jingle Cross
1st Grand Prix Erik De Vlaeminck
1st Memorial Romano Scotti
2nd Caubergcross
2nd Zeven
2nd Citadelcross
1st Overall DVV Verzekeringen Trophy
1st GP Mario De Clercq
1st Koppenbergcross
1st Grand Prix Rouwmoer
1st Azencross
2nd Bollekescross
2nd Scheldecross
2nd Grand Prix Sven Nys
2nd Krawatencross
2nd Overall Superprestige
1st Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne
2nd Gieten
2nd Zonhoven
2nd Ruddervoorde
2nd Gavere
2nd Diegem
2nd Vlaamse Aardbeiencross
2nd Noordzeecross
Brico Cross
1st Geraardsbergen
1st Bredenecross
2nd Polderscross
3rd Vestingcross
1st Trek Cup
1st Kermiscross
1st Boom
1st Sluitingsprijs
2nd Zilvermeercross
2nd Vlaamse Druivencross
3rd Bronze medal europe.svg UEC European Championships
2017–2018
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
2nd Overall UCI World Cup
1st Zeven
1st Citadelcross
2nd Bogense
2nd Nommay
2nd Grand Prix Adri van der Poel
3rd Duinencross
3rd Grand Prix Erik De Vlaeminck
2nd Overall Superprestige
1st Boom
1st Gavere
2nd Gieten
2nd Zonhoven
2nd Ruddervoorde
2nd Diegem
3rd Overall DVV Trophy
2nd Flandriencross
2nd Scheldecross
2nd Azencross
2nd Grand Prix Sven Nys
3rd GP Mario De Clercq
Brico Cross
1st Bredenecross
2nd Eeklo
2nd Polderscross
3rd Berencross
1st Kermiscross
1st Waaslandcross
2nd Otegem
2018–2019
2nd Overall UCI World Cup
1st Pontchâteau
2nd Waterloo
2nd Jingle Cross
2nd Bern
2nd Duinencross
2nd Citadelcross
2nd Grand Prix Erik De Vlaeminck
3rd Grand Prix Adri van der Poel
Superprestige
2nd Gieten
2nd Ruddervoorde
2nd Zonhoven
3rd Gavere
DVV Trophy
2nd Scheldecross
2nd Azencross
3rd Koppenbergcross
Brico Cross
1st Bredenecross
2nd Geraardsbergen
2nd Berencross
2nd GP Mario De Clercq
1st La Mézière
1st Kermiscross
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World Championships
2nd Silver medal europe.svg UEC European Championships
2nd National Championships
3rd Ambiancecross
2019–2020
DVV Trophy
1st Krawatencross
2nd Kasteelcross
2020–2021
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st Jersey white.svg Overall UCI World Cup
1st Dendermonde
1st Vlaamse Druivencross
2nd Citadelcross
2nd Vestingcross
3rd Tábor
X²O Badkamers Trophy
1st Herentals
2nd Grand Prix Sven Nys
2nd Flandriencross
3rd Urban Cross
1st Zilvermeercross
Superprestige
2nd Grand Prix Eric De Vlaeminck
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI World Championships
2021–2022
Superprestige
1st Boom
Major championships timeline[edit]
Event 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World Championships 2 1 1 1 2 4 2
European champion jersey 2016.svg European Championships 2 3 2
MaillotBélgica.svg National Championships 3 1 1 1 2 5 1

Road[edit]

2012
4th Overall Sint-Martinusprijs Kontich
2014
8th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
2015
4th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad U23
4th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
2016
1st Schaal Sels
2nd Dwars door het Hageland
4th Grand Prix Pino Cerami
8th Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Prologue
2017
1st Ronde van Limburg
1st Bruges Cycling Classic
1st Grand Prix Pino Cerami
2nd Schaal Sels
2nd Rad am Ring
3rd Dwars door het Hageland
10th Overall Tour of Belgium
2018
1st MaillotCyan.PNG Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Stage 2
3rd Bronze medal europe.svg Road race, UEC European Road Championships
3rd Strade Bianche
8th Antwerp Port Epic
9th Tour of Flanders
10th Gent–Wevelgem
2019
National Road Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Time trial
3rd Road race
Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 4 (ITT) & 5
Tour de France
1st Stages 2 (TTT) & 10
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 2–5
2nd E3 Binckbank Classic
3rd Strade Bianche
6th Milan–San Remo
2020
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Strade Bianche
Tour de France
1st Stages 5 & 7
Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 1
UCI Road World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Road race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Time trial
2nd Tour of Flanders
3rd Milano–Torino
8th Gent–Wevelgem
2021
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stages 1, 4, 6 & 8
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Amstel Gold Race
Tour de France
1st Stages 11, 20 (ITT) & 21
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 15
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey violet.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 7 (ITT)
Olympic Games
2nd Silver medal olympic.svg Road race
6th Time trial
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Brabantse Pijl
3rd Milan–San Remo
4th Strade Bianche
6th Tour of Flanders
7th Paris–Roubaix
General classification results timeline[edit]
Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2019 2020 2021
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France DNF 20 19
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2019 2020 2021
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 2
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya NH
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 47 32
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse NH
Classics results timeline[edit]
Monument 2018 2019 2020 2021
Milan–San Remo 6 1 3
Tour of Flanders 9 14 2 6
Paris–Roubaix 13 22 NH 7
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Giro di Lombardia
Classic 2018 2019 2020 2021
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 32 13 11
Strade Bianche 3 3 1 4
E3 BinckBank Classic 2 NH 11
Gent–Wevelgem 10 29 8 1
Dwars door Vlaanderen 83 NH
Brabantse Pijl 2
Amstel Gold Race 58 NH 1
Major championships timeline[edit]
Event 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Gold medal Olympic Games Time trial Not held Not held 6
Road race 2
World Championships Time trial 2 2
Road race 2 11
European champion jersey 2016.svg European Championships Road race 3
MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships Time trial 6 1 1
Road race 63 47 9 60 13 3 1
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified
NH Not Held

Awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]

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