News from our own home: Sporza will sound quite different in 2022. Michel Wuyts is retiring after more than 30 years as a cycling commentator. He will say goodbye this winter after the cyclocross season. At Extra Time, Frank Raes passes the baton to Aster Nzeyimana.
“Such replacements are of course not obvious,” writes VRT/Sporza in a press release. “Sporza is therefore not letting Michel Wuyts be followed by one but three cracks in the field of cycling.”
“Karl Vannieuwkerke will be responsible for the major one-day races, including the classics. Renaat Schotte will be the man of the grand tours and stage races. And Ruben Van Gucht will be the voice of cyclo-cross and women’s cycling.”
“Michel Wuyts will say goodbye this winter after the cyclocross season. Of course you will hear his recognizable voice this summer at the Tour de France and at the autumn races.”
“We will miss his fantastic talent very much”
“It is with very mixed feelings that we announce this news”, clarifies Pieter De Windt, editor-in-chief of Sporza.
“With Michel Wuyts we say goodbye to a monument this winter. Replacing Michel is not easy: for many generations he is the voice of the race.”
“I am therefore very proud that we will be able to provide commentary for the race with a three-man top team from 2022. I insist on thanking Michel for all these years of dedication to the race. We will miss his fantastic talent very much.”
“I’m looking forward to hearing him at the Tour this summer and then at the autumn races, the Vuelta, cyclo-cross and – to crown the work – the World Cycling Championship in our own country.”
With Michel Wuyts we say goodbye to a monument this winter. Replacing Michel is not easy: for many generations he is the voice of the race.
Karl Vannieuwkerke, Renaat Schotte and Ruben Van Gucht
Karl Vannieuwkerke takes care of the big one-day races, the classics in the lead.
“Karl breathes race: he is the host of Vive le vélo, the moderator of the analyzes before and after the race. He once raced semi-professionally, so the right man.”
Cycling animal Renaat Schotte knows you as a motorcyclist and interviewer for the very first reactions just after the finish.
“He often travels with the cycling circus during stage races and will provide commentary on these multi-day races and the big tours.”
Ruben Van Gucht focuses on cyclocross and women’s cycling. “Women’s cycling has become very popular in a few years. And Ruben was the first to provide these races with expert commentary.”
“We are preparing for the future”
Editor-in-chief Pieter De Windt: “Our three commentators will be assisted by experts and co-commentators such as José De Cauwer, Sven Nys, Lieselot Decroix, Ine Beyen and Paul Herygers.”
“In addition, they can count on a super team of sports journalists who will cover cycling along the track, from the motorcycle, on the radio and online at every turn of the race.”
“We have seen from the reactions of the Sporza fans in recent weeks and months how much they appreciate our cycling offer. With the announcement of this change, we are preparing for the future.”
Aster Nzeyimana succeeds Frank Raes at Extra Time
This winter, Frank Raes, another monument will say goodbye to the VRT.
“Frank already retired in 2019, but continued to present the football magazine Extra Time with Filip Joos on Canvas. He will pass that torch on to Aster Nzeyimana this winter,” reports the public broadcaster.
“It will take some getting used to without Frank, who has been part of our sports editorial team since 1980,” says Pieter De Windt. “It is therefore nice that Frank is saying goodbye with an extra spicy summer.”
“During the sports summer, he will act as a sports anchor at Het Journaal and as a presenter of Sportweekend. In addition, he will present the morning program around the Olympic Games and Extra Time until the end of 2021.”
VRT monuments Michel Wuyts and Frank Raes
BIO Michel Wuyts
- After a career in education, started in 1993 as a versatile sports journalist at the BRTN
- Already regularly provided cycling commentary in the 1990s, including at the World Cups
- Became the regular commentator in cycling in 2000 as the successor of Mark Vanlombeek
- Made two theater performances that have been performed more than a hundred times and is the author of 22 cycling books
BIO Frank Raes
- Started working for the then BRT in 1980, at Radio 1
- Was the face of Sportweekend for more than ten years
- Also presented Sport on Saturday, Sport Afternoon, Sport Extra, Not to Erase and Studio 1
- Was ready at eight FIFA World Cups, nine European Championships and eleven Olympic Games
- Presents Extra Time on Canvas since 2009