The final round of the UCI World Cup in Overijse meant a double victory for Wout van Aert, winning the race and claiming the overall World Cup Victory.
The Belgian Champion put in a dominant performance with a long solo ride, finishing with a large margin of over a minute, ahead of Van der Poel. It’s Van Aert’s second World Cup win this season and third overall World Cup Title in his career.
Wout van Aert:
“I was really looking forward to this. In the first two laps I immediately set a high pace. Mathieu took over after a while and tried to slow down the pace, but I wasn’t keen on that plan. I established a big gap as Mathieu punctured, but then I crashed. It was a tough race in which the incidents played a decisive rol. Mathieu kept pushing, so I was never really comfortable. I was only given more space towards the end. It was especially pleasant to be leader instead of the chaser. I’m really happy with this victory.”
“It’s also great to go with this mental victory into the world championships next week. I don't think I'm the clear favourite. Mathieu has already won more races, but I am happy with the way I’m heading to the Worlds.”