Van Aert and Valter fastest at national time trial championships

Van Aert and Valter fastest at national time trial championships

Team Jumbo-Visma has two new national time trial champions. Wout van Aert took his third Belgian time trial title of his professional career on the streets of Herzele. Attila Valter won his second career national time trial title earlier in the day in Hungary.

Due to heavy rain, the entire Belgian field raced on a wet and slippery road. A local circuit of 20.8 kilometres had to be ridden twice, totaling 42 kilometres on a flat but technical course.

Van Aert was the virtual number one at all the checkpoints. At the finish line, he had a 49-second lead over his primary challenger, Alec Segeart. Remco Evenepoel crashed early in his time trial in one of the many corners.

"I felt like a fish in the water today for the first time in a long time”, said Van Aert after his victory. "After the Tour de Suisse, I had a few days off. Yesterday I got that good feeling back. That’s nice, but it's even better to see it confirmed with good results. I did that today. I came here with a goal, and I achieved it. It's nice to be back on the top step of the podium.”

"I came here with one goal"

Wout van Aert

During his race against the clock, Van Aert did not think about his rivals. "I just rode my race. On the second lap, I noticed that Remco had changed bikes. I didn't take any excessive risks but I gave it my all. Of course, it is important that I didn’t crash today, but as I said, I came here with one goal. That was to win the national title. It is a great honour, and I am happy to wear this beautiful jersey again”, a satisfied Van Aert said.


Valter proved to be a class act in Hungary this afternoon. The 25-year-old became the Hungarian time trial champion for the second time in Debrecen. With an average speed of around 51 kilometres per hour, Valter was almost two minutes ahead of runner-up Daniel Szalay.

"The course has been the same for several years. It is very straight, with only three corners in 38 kilometres. You can always stay in your time trial position. That makes it a tough test. I had a lot of confidence going into the race and was looking forward to it. I am delighted to have won the time trial title and the jersey that goes with it”, Valter said.

"I am now at the best level I have ever had"

Attila Valter

The Hungarian is pleased with his progress in the discipline. "I am delighted with my time trials this year. The great thing about the similar national courses in recent years is that I can easily compare my performance. I am now at the best level I have ever had. This is partly due to my personal development and the material and coaching at Team Jumbo-Visma. I pushed myself to the limit today to see how far I could go. It is very important for me to improve my time trial”, Valter concluded.


Head of Performance Mathieu Heijboer was pleased to see Van Aert, Valter and Jos van Emden take the time trial titles. "The time trial is a discipline in which we invest much time and energy. Wout's race against the clock was very well constructed. He got off the bike much better today than last week in Switzerland. He is capitalizing on that good feeling. This is the Wout we want to see in the Tour de France”, Heijboer said. "We now have many national champions and the reigning world and Olympic champion in our team. That's a good sign.

Van Aert's second victory of the season and Valter's first took Team Jumbo-Visma's tally to 40 wins in 2023.

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