Wout van Aert I was deeply shocked by Nathan Van Hooydonck’s accident Last Tuesday, Nathan Van Hooydonck was the victim of a serious traffic accident in the center of Kalmthout, in the province of Antwerp. The \. His pregnant wife was also in the car, but she was not injured. The Jumbo-Visma team then announced that the cyclist was “conscious”, and that he did not suffer any injuries after the accident, but that he had to be resuscitated before being taken to hospital.
A few days earlier, Nathan Van Hooydonck had contributed greatly to Wout van Aert’s success on the roads of the Tour of Britain. And WVA was especially affected by the accident of his teammate. “I was training when I heard the news and I was deeply shocked by what happened to him. I held my breath all day until I was informed that he was awake and conscious. The first hours were the hardest because we imagined the worst,” explained the world runner-up this Tuesday at a press conference.
It must be said that the two men are used to riding together. Van Hooydonck had joined Jumbo-Visma to be part of van Aert’s bodyguard in 2021 and the two drivers quickly became friends. “It was a huge relief to know he was okay, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. “We haven’t called each other yet, but we have had contact and he is recovering well.”