Wout van Aert rides Gravel World Championships faster than winner, finishes 8th

29-year-old's Garmin file suggests his form was on par with Matej Mohorič

Wout van Aert with a strava file embedded on top of the photo and an image of a Garmin
(Image credit: Thomas Maheux SW Pix / Strava / Instagram)

Belgian one-day specialist Wout van Aert completed the UCI Gravel World Championships on Sunday with a faster moving time than the race winner Matej Mohorič, but finished over eight minutes down in eighth.

According to Van Aert's Strava data, which he published after the event, the Belgian rode the 167km course in Veneto, Italy in 4-51-39. This was over two minutes faster than Mohorič's official winning time of 4-53-37. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.