From 'best condition ever' to 'worst' - Wout van Aert reflects on crashing out of Classics

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Wout van Aert
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Wout van Aert says he may have been in his best physical condition ever prior to his horror crash at Dwars door Vlaanderen, which ended the first part of the Belgian’s season and landed him in hospital. 

Van Aert fractured seven ribs, his collarbone and sternum in the high-speed crash which wiped out multiple other riders, including Lidl-Trek’s Jasper Stuyven. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.