Preface: As I stood there trying to think of something memorable to say to Bart Wellens before the pro race at Cross Vegas, a Telenet-Fidea team dude said something about the skinny kid standing next to him. A Belgian dude saying Belgian stuff about a Belgian dude, despite watching all those Flemish broadcasts, didn’t quite compute. I shook it off effectively ignoring the kid, refocused on my target (creepy fanboy), and waited my turn to say what, of course, ended up being the mundane, “I’m a fan, Bart.” Le sigh…

Turns out team dude was letting me know the young man was an up and coming CX racer of note and that his name was Wout Van Aert. Sorry bro.

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In #SVENNESS 2.9 we travel to Jaarmarktcross Niel in Belgium. This race is part of the Soudal Classics and has been won by Sven Nys four times prior to this year’s event. Would this race mark his fifth victory at Niel? The course was extremely wet and we focus on mud riding, a tricky off-camber section, and isolated displays of strength and power that makes all the difference in this race. This race also features a breakout performance by 19-year-old Wout van Aert who is right at home mixing it up with big boys.

#SVENNESS 2.9 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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Footage is via Sporza: sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden
Music in this episode is:
Elastic Heart~Sia ft The Weeknd & Diplo: soundcloud.com/diplo/sia-ft-the-weeknd-diplo
Riptide~Vance Joy (FlicFlac Edit): soundcloud.com/flicflac/vance-joy-riptide-flicflac
Heresy Baby~Paul Conrad: soundcloud.com/dangervillage/paul-conrad-heresy-baby-2
Don’t Wait~Mapei:soundcloud.com/mapei/dont-wait

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