Wout Van Aert scents victory with new candle investment

Belgian star and his wife have invested in an artisan candle business, as you do

Wout van Aert celebrates his stage win on day five of the Tour of Britain
(Image credit: SWPix.com)

Every cyclist needs an off-season project – even Wout Van Aert. And while he could have opted for the more tried and tested routes of catching up on the DIY or getting stuck into some 'winter drinking', the Belgian star has opted for a more esoteric path – candles.

The Jumbo-Visma rider, along with his wife Sarah De Bie, has invested in the Belgian handmade candle company Mon Dada.

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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.