‘Cyclocross World Championships gave me peace’ – Wout Van Aert prepares to join Jumbo-Visma

The Belgian is looking ahead to his WorldTour career after he missed out on a fourth world title

Wout Van Aert is looking ahead to the road season after missing out on a fourth world title (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA/ BELGA)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Wout Van Aert is preparing for his new road career at WorldTour level after missing out on a fourth cyclocross world title.

The Belgian said his silver medal in Bogense, Denmark on Sunday (February 3) “gave him extra mental peace” after he fell behind Dutch rival Mathieu van der Poel.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.