Wout van Aert‘s restricted cyclocross time table has been printed, and it comprises handiest 5 races all the way through the vacation length in December, regardless that extra may but be added.
The Jumbo-Visma superstar does now not wish to gamble on his 2024 street season which incorporates the Spring Classics, the Giro d’Italia, Paris Olympic Video games, and the Highway International Championships in Zürich.
In keeping with Het Laatste Nieuws, van Aert will line up for 3 races the place he took the win remaining season – the 2 Actual Go rounds in Mol on December 22, and Loenhout on December 29 and the Superprestige in Diegem on December 28.
His time table additionally comprises the International Cup of Antwerp on December 23 and the X2O Trofee of Baal on January 1.
Because it stands these days, the three-time cyclocross champion will skip 4 UCI International Cup races, Namur on December 17, Gavere on December 26, Hulst on December 30 and Zonhoven on January 7.
That could be a undeniable fact that displeases the UCI and International Cup organiser Flanders Classics. Seeing many giant names skip International Cups, UCI President David Lappartient introduced up the thought of banning cyclocross riders who skip UCI International Cup races from collaborating within the International Championships.
He first raised this concept when U23 international champion Thibau Nys skipped Sunday’s Dendermonde International Cup after racing the Superprestige race in Niel on the day prior to this.
Van Aert’s long-time rival, and reigning cyclocross international champion Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) additionally plans to begin his cyclocross season in Mol and can face off towards the Belgian in his 5 showed races.
The Dutch international champion will compete in 15 races in general this iciness, main as much as the Cyclocross International Championships in Tabor on February 4.
Van Aert’s professional cyclocross racing time table must be launched in the following few weeks and would possibly but come with extra races. It’s not transparent if the UCI Cyclocross International Championship in Tabor have compatibility into the plan.
The 29-year Belgian rider is these days in Colombia, because the visitor of honor for the Giro del Rigo, a highly regarded gran fondo arranged by means of Rigoberto Urán (EF Schooling-EasyPost). The Colombian celebrity plans to retire after the 2024 Olympics in Paris, after 18 seasons as a professional rider.