Wout van Aert has offered an insight into his plans after his schedule was derailed by cancellations.
The cyclocross superstar was looking forward to his much-anticipated return to road racing after his gruesome injury at last year’s Tour de France.
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But after starting his season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Van Aert and the rest of the pro peloton suddenly found themselves without a race to prepare for after coronavirus resulted in all events being suspended.
In an Instagram post shared on Thursday (March 19), Jumbo-Visma rider Van Aert said: “Although cycling was not at all what was on my mind in the last week, I would like to give you an update on the current situation as an athlete.
“Since the UCI decided to cancel all races up to and including April, I decided to take a little break from training. I am way more relaxed now because we can make at least some kind of plan.”
The 25-year-old added: “I feel like the uncertainty of the past weeks and the continuous risk of contamination took a lot of mental energy.”
Van Aert, a former cyclocross world champion and Tour de France stage winner, said he will now start training towards a potential return in May and the rest of the summer.
Van Aert added: “But what really matters now is everyone’s health. Personally I am impressed by the unanimity in the world.
“I hope that all of you stay safe and keep some positive vibes in this special period. Better days will come.”
Mitchelton-Scott rider Jack Haig has also said he has lost his motivation after the cycling season was derailed by Covid-19.
The Australian said “as athletes, we have lost our purpose.”