Cycling: Van der Poel, cyclo-cross world champion!

Antwerp, Mathieu Van der Poel’s final winning stage. The Dutch rider won his third race at the Cyclo-cross World Cup this Saturday, ahead of Van Aert and Tom Pidcock.

Dutch Mathieu van der Poel won his third race in the three races he participated in the Cyclo-cross World Cup held in Antwerp this season, ahead of his great Belgian rival Wout Van Aert.

Van der Poel’s dominance

Van der Poel had beaten Van Aert the day before in the first cyclo-cross race of the winter in Mol (Belgium) in the presence of two champions.

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The Dutchman, a two-time world champion in road and cyclo-cross, disgusted the competition last week as he returned to racing by winning the Herentals cyclo-cross (Belgium).

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On a partly sandy track in Antwerp, Raymond Poulidor’s grandson got off to a poor start but quickly overtook himself and took the lead of the race on the third of eight laps of the track.

Very easy…

Van Aert, who remained cautious until the start of the penultimate lap, accelerated and took second place, 29 seconds behind the winner. Another Belgian, Eli Yserbyt, finished third, 37 seconds behind.

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Briton Tom Pidcock, who won at Namur on December 17 in the absence of two champions, crashed on one of the first turns of the race and never returned. He finished 8th, 1 minute and 14 seconds behind Van der Poel.

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Three major rivals will face each other in the 10th round of the World Cup, which will be held in Gavre, Belgium, on Tuesday.

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