Wout van Aert has won the UCI World Cup in Dublin, taking his first victory in only his second cyclocross race of this season. It was a hard battle in the mud and ice, but the Belgian Champion took the honours after a spectacular race.

Despite several mechanicals, including a rag in his gears, Van Aert pushed through and showed great resilience. In the sand pitch on the penultimate lap, Van Aert finally was able to create a gap. Heading into the last lap, he had an advantage of 10 seconds over Laurens Sweeck. A gap he held on to the finish line to take home his first victory of the season.

Wout van Aert:

“It was a hard race, especially mentally. I had to fight my way into the race as my start wasn’t that great. When I started to feel better, I had a mechanical (the rag). Luckily, I took the right decision to turn around and recovered well.”

“It was a long race, but in the end it was so tough that I could make the difference. This is pure cyclocross and it’s been a pleasure to meet the Irish fans. There was a huge crowd and so I’m really proud to be here.”