When it looked as if Michael Vanthourenhout was ready to take the CrossVegas World Cup away with a near 40 second lead on second place and no one was ready to follow, it was only a part of the plan for Wout van Aert.

“It was hard in the beginning,” Van Aert told Cyclocross Magazine, “it was not really comfortable to race with such a big group… It was difficult for me to answer [Vanthourenhout’s early] attack because many riders were looking out for me, so I waited to catch up with Michael with Sven, and he was a good partner to do that, and after it was a lot more comfortable riding.”

Van Aert enjoyed the course at CrossVegas, calling the grounds and features beautiful and easy to adapt to from the natural conditions of Europe. We interviewed him alongside Sven Nys and Michael Vanthourenhout immediately after the race. You can find the full Men’s race report here and stay tuned for more CrossVegas content as it rolls in.