Nine-time Tour de France stage winner and 2022 points classification champion Wout Van Aert has been confirmed for next month’s UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup event, which takes place in Dublin on December 11.
The Belgian professional won three world championships between 2016 and 2018, but has since increasingly focused on road racing, becoming one of the best cyclists in the world. His victories include prestigious one-day events such as Milan-San Remo, Amstel Gold Race and Strade Bianche, and he guided Jumbo-Visma teammate Jonas Vingegaard to overall victory in this year’s Tour de France. .
Despite his focus on the road, however, he has remained a very powerful cyclocross competitor, winning nine of the 10 events he competed in last winter. His participation in the World Cup race is a huge boost for the event, which will take place at Campus Sport Ireland in Blanchardstown.
Meanwhile, Irish track racer Emily Kay will race with the Loughborough Lightning Cycling Team next season, adding a road and criteria racing program to her track competition.
“I am excited to be back racing on the road and in the critical scene,” she said. “After some time away I feel Loughborough Lightning is the right place for me, with the world-class support and facilities they offer.”
Kay is a former track cycling World Cup winner and European Championships medalist. She competed for Great Britain before declaring for Ireland at the end of 2019.