Wout van Aert: 'It's not funny anymore to get second' after another silver medal in Flanders Worlds ITT

After the 2020 Worlds, 2021 cyclocross Worlds and 2021 Olympic road race, the Belgian adds another silver medal to his collection in the space of a year

Wout van Aert
(Image credit: Getty)

Should the coronavirus pandemic have only acted as a precursor to the main apocalypse yet to come, Wout van Aert will at least be able to melt down his burgeoning collection of silver medals and trade it for food, or fashion some sort of weapon out of the mass of metal accumulating on his mantlepiece with which to protect his young family.

If not, maybe he could form it into one big lump and smash his head against it, such must be the frustration at picking up yet another second place at a major championships.

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