With the UCI-sanctioned gravel worlds slated for Flanders in 2024, it might be too close to home for Van Aert to avoid.
Thoughts from an experienced, inexperienced gravel connoisseur
What it took to podium in cycling's inaugural gravel world championships.
Italian rider a firm convert to gravel racing after world championship experience.
Gallery: Gianni Vermeersch takes historic win ahead of bigger names at UCI Gravel World Championships
Belgian rider combines with Daniel Oss to outfox race favorites such as Mathieu van der Poel.
‘I am always excited to do something new:’ Van der Poel enthuses about UCI Gravel World Championships
Dutch rider got the most possible after key breakaway pulled clear, vows to race more gravel soon.
Cyclocross and road pro takes rainbow jersey with late solo on fast, dry Veneto course as roadies fill the top-10.
Photos of a furious day's racing at the women's gravel worlds.
Frenchwoman takes assured win ahead of Frei and Teocci
Off-road specialists set to start behind road pros at gravel worlds as friction continues ahead of inaugural event.
'After racing we hang out and I really enjoy the camaraderie. We want to kick the shit out of each other in racing but then have a few beers in the evening,' says former WorldTour pro.
Pro bike gallery: Sofia Gomez Villafañe’s Specialized Roubaix for the UCI Gravel World Championships
The rainbow-jersey contender is riding a souped-up road bike at the inaugural event.
Will it be a roadie, an actual gravel pro like Lauren De Crescenzo, or Pauline Ferrand Prévot? The elite women's race promises show-stopping excitement.
'Van der Poel is a very strong rider but, in my view, you should never underestimate anyone, especially in a world championship,' Sagan tells VeloNews.
But I don't think we need to blame the UCI — entirely. Let's first embody the true spirit of gravel and holler like hell for our friends who are racing
You'll be hard pressed to find another rider who makes more use of the entire Canyon range of bikes than Mathieu van der Poel.
From Sagan to Van der Poel, to some surprise picks including Alexandre Vinokourov and Davide Rebellin.
Team USA sends a strong women's squad including Lauren De Crescenzo, Sarah Sturm, Lauren Stephens; other nations rely on athletes from different disciplines.
Officials expect to be able to broadcast the final 90 minutes to two hours of both the men's and women's races this weekend from Italy.
Van der Poel will race gravel for the first time in his career in the debut UCI-sanctioned world championships this weekend.
Frenchwoman will line up at gravel worlds in Italy after becoming world champion in short track, cross country, and marathon mountain bike one month ago.
'It’s kinda revealed itself to not only not be a threat but to be something entirely different,' Alex Howes says
Alex Howes, Sarah Sturm, Lauren De Crescenzo among American riders selected for the UCI Gravel World Championships
The inaugural event takes place in Veneto, Italy October 8-9, 2022
Highlands Gravel Classic was the first of two US-based gravel world championships qualifiers
Athletes and event organizers speak to us about what they've heard, while the UCI continues to defer any communication.
Some 15-20 existing events will serve as qualifiers for gravel worlds. Specific details will likely be announced by the UCI in early February.