Wout van Aert will be the leading rider for hosts Belgium in this weekend’s World Cyclo-cross Championships in the coastal town of Ostend, team manager Sven Vanthourenhout announced.
Van Aert is the current leader of the Cyclo-cross World Cup as well as being the Belgian national champion and is one of the favourites to take the title, the others being team-mate Eli Iserbyt, the European champion, and Netherlands rider Mathieu van der Poel, the current holder of the world title. Belgium’s leader in the women’s event will be 12-times national champion Sanne Cant.
Van Aert, 26, recently extended his contract with Dutch cycling team Jumbo-Visma for three years and claimed his team had become the best in the world. Van Aert was arguably Jumbo's star performer in last year’s Tour de France.
“I am glad that it’s sorted and I am relieved that I can talk about it,” he said, after reports had linked him with a possible move to British team Ineos.