Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel will speak to the press on Thursday, the 6 lieutenants already did that today. And of course the tactical picture was discussed extensively. Jasper Stuyven and Yves Lampaert were the spokespersons on duty. How do they estimate the World Cup and the Belgian approach?
The latest championships left an eager impression on Belgium. Sometimes even too impetuous, just think of last year’s World Cup in our own country. The common thread in today’s press conference was that the Belgians have learned their lesson.
“We have learned lessons from 2021”, confirmed Yves Lampaert, who was also there in Leuven. “We have to race more calmly and not get too caught up in the game of the French.”
“Hopefully communication will be a bit better during the race. In Belgium it was very difficult to understand the race situation because of the noise.”
“But we must not make the French smarter than they are by revealing our tactics here and now,” Lampaert winked, who looked at Jasper Stuyven with great pleasure.
We must assume that we should not just check. Countries such as Australia, the Netherlands and France should certainly not pretend that they do not have a leader.
Last year Jasper Stuyven was 4th in his Leuven, but he did not take personal ambitions with him to Australia. In Wollongong Stuyven will take on the role of Tiesj Benoot as road captain.
“We have to assume that we don’t just have to control,” Stuyven said. “Countries such as Australia, the Netherlands and France should certainly not pretend that they do not have a leader.”
“It is difficult to make our tactics concrete. We all agree that Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel are our leaders. That is a better starting position for all parties than last year.”
“We are going to try not to make the same mistakes as last year,” said Stuyven. “The ideal scenario? It is important that Wout and Remco have not yet had to make great efforts for the last rounds.”
“Still countries that have to take their responsibility”
But on Sunday, the Belgians will be looked at anyway. How can the Belgians counter that pressure?
Jasper Stuyven: “They like to blame us that we have to make the race, but we should not blindly fall into that trap. There are still countries that can take their responsibility.”
“And we don’t have to make the race hard. That is rather something for the French. We should never be on the defensive.”
“Others are used to us racing”, Yves Lampaert nodded. “But France and Australia also have a strong selection. Not only we have to control. We can also look at other countries.”
|program and results 2022 World Cycling Championships|
|Sunday 18 September||time trial women elite||34.2 km||1.35 am – 4.30 am||Ellen van Dijk (Ned)||report|
|time trial men elite||34.2 km||5.40 am – 9.00 am||Tobias Foss (Noo)||report|
|Monday 19 September||time trial men promises||28.8 km||5.20 am – 9.00 am||Soren Wærenskjold (Noo)||report|
|tuesday 20 september||time trial women juniors||14.1 km||1.30 am – 3 am||Zoe Backstedt (GBr)||report|
|time trial men juniors||28.8 km||5.20 am – 9.00 am||Joshua Tarling (GBr)||report|
|Wednesday September 21||mixed redemption||28.2 km||6.20 am – 9.00 am||Switzerland||report|
|Friday September 23||road race men juniors||135.6 km||0.30 am – 4.00 am|
|road ride men promises||169.8 km||5.00 am – 9.15 am|
|Saturday September 24||road race women juniors||67.2 km||0.00 am – 1.55 am|
|road race women elite||164.3 km||3.55 am – 9.00 am|
|Sunday 25 September||road race men elite||266.9 km||2.00 am – 8.50 am|