Injured Wout van Aert apologises to 'all those I gave sh*t to for using spacers under their stems'

The Belgian has taken to using them himself – at least for now

Wout van Aert celebrates after winning the 2024 E3 Saxo Classic
(Image credit: Getty Images / Jasper Jacobs)

Injury-hit Wout van Aert has offered an apology to any fellow riders he has made fun of in the past for using spacers under their handlebar stems.

The apology was only made tongue-in-cheek though – it came in the title of his latest Strava activity, which saw the Belgian riding a mountain bike with gravel tyres and, of course, spacers under the stem.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.