Wout van Aert 'broke mentally' after puncture cost him chance to thwart Van der Poel rainbow jersey run

The Belgian says he's disappointed that he couldn't recover from the puncture that allowed Van der Poel to catch and pass him

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Wout van Aert was left to rue what could have been after a puncture cost him the chance to thwart Mathieu van der Poel's third rainbow jersey in a row at the Cyclocross World Championships.

After riding the first lap together, Van Aert began to distance his rival on the second run of the sand section, then extending his gap after a spectacular crash upended Van der Poel on a muddy chicane.

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