Report translated from the Sporza website…photos @Belga with thanks to both
In the women’s section, the Flandrienne trophy went to Lotte Kopecky for the second year in a row. After a strong season, the Antwerp rider was also a huge favorite for that award. After a 4th place in the Omloop, the 2nd place in Gent-Wevelgem, and a win in Le Samyn, Kopecky showed herself again at the Belgian Championships as the leading lady of Belgian cycling. . She extended her Belgian titles in the time trial and on the road. With great expectations, Kopecky went to Tokyo, but on the track followed a huge disappointment. Two crashes squandered her chances of an Olympic medal in the team race. Earlier she had already been stranded in a thankless 4th place in the road race. But at the World Track Cycling Championships in Roubaix, she completely flushed out the Olympic disappointment. After silver in the elimination and the omnium, she was crowned world champion in the points race. Kopecky won in the Flandrienne election ahead of Jolien D’hoore, who is on the honors list three times, and Shari Bossuyt.
There was little doubt that Wout van Aert would put his name on the Flandrien honors list for the third time in a row. The 27-year-old leader of Jumbo-Visma was again unapproachable for a full season. Van Aert already made an excellent impression with two stage wins and second place in the final classification of Tirreno-Adriatico. He was able to cash in on that high form in the classic spring in Gent-Wevelgem, the first Flemish classic on his Palmares. In April he added the Amstel Gold Race after a millimeter sprint against Tom Pidcock Appendicitis turned Van Aert’s preparation for the Tour de France upside down, but that could not stop him. After his triumph at the Belgian Championship on the road, he was the first rider since Eddy Merckx to win a bunch sprint (on the Champs-Élysées), a mountain stage (on the Ventoux) and a time trial in the same Tour.
Barely six days after his sprint on the Champs-Élysées, Van Aert took silver in the Olympic road race in Tokyo after Richard Carapaz. At the World Time Trial Championships, Van Aert ended his top season with silver, 5 seconds behind Filippo Ganna. At the gala of the Flandrien, Van Aert received more votes than Tim Merlier (stage victories in Giro and Tour) and Jasper Stuyven (winner Milan-Sanremo)