National coach Serge Pauwels: "I don't think we left it somewhere"

“Keep your head low”, “Here to the right side of the road”, “Hup, hup, hup”… We were able to follow the instructions of the Belgian national coach during the U23 time trial this morning. It was a nice extra to the show.

“I have already seen videos about our megaphone”, national team coach Serge Pauwels laughs. “That’s okay, because there’s nothing secret. We just give some instructions about the course and try to encourage something towards the end.”

Segaert had an extensive staff to fall back on in the car during his silver time trial. “I called through the megaphone, and because it is not so safe to drive at the same time, Sven Vanthourenhout was behind the wheel. Loïc, Alec’s brother and coach was also in the car. He drew up the pacing strategy and then is that anyway
handy to pass that on to Alec every now and then,” says Pauwels.

Segaert adhered well to the proposed plan, according to Pauwels, but it was not enough for the world title. “Alec drove very consistently. His second lap was actually as fast as his first. His corners were also much better than
last year. I don’t think we left it somewhere, so we are
satisfied.”

“I spoke to the coach of the Norwegians and they paced a bit differently. It was a conscious strategy of them to drive a little more reserved in the first lap,” explains Pauwels.

World champion Waerenskjold is a senior year old and can therefore no longer participate in that category next year. The road for Segaert therefore seems to be open next year. Pauwels: “Segaert is still only a freshman, so we are counting on him in the coming years. He is eager to become world champion.”

Sven Vanthourenhout about Segaert’s silver: “Confirmation that he has a bright future ahead of him”

The national coach of the professionals was also satisfied with Segaert’s performance: “You always hope for a rainbow jersey, but Alec can look back on a fantastic time trial. After two days we have two medals, there are countries that have to make do with much less. “

“Alec is freshman promising so he is still growing. This is further confirmation that he has a bright future ahead of him.”

Source: Sporza

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