VIDEO. Cycling: Mathieu Van der Poel’s fierce effort to overtake a competitor during the Cyclo-cross tour in Gaver

Boxing Day, the Cyclo-Cross law regained its rights this afternoon. While Mathieu Van der Poel was in front, he violently pushed a lagging competitor while he was taking photos with the public.

The view is stunning! This 26 December marked the resumption of Cyclo-cross since the Antwerp round, which took place three days earlier. It was time for revenge for Wout Van Aert, who was crushed by the Dutchman that day. But today’s race was the same as in Belgium.

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In Gaver, Flemish, Mathieu Van der Poel made another show of force. First, he caught his rivals one by one throughout the entire race, outpacing them by more than a lap. He was crowned ahead of Belgian Jumbo Visma Wout Van Aert and also Tom Pidcock. In the four races contested, the Flying Dutchman won all bets.

Mathieu van der Poel, still alone in Gavere, had to run away from a contestant taking photos with members of the public. The late player was passed in the 3rd round.

— Le Gruppetto (@LeGruppetto) December 26, 2023

But the image of the day was a stroller on top of a rival he was overtaking. While he was only on the third lap of the race, the world champion of the category, racing at full speed, saw his path blocked by a driver in a red tunic. He had just finished taking selfies with fans and was getting ready to get on his bike to continue the race. Raymond Poulidor’s grandson did not remain indifferent either.

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He pushed the man in red towards the barriers with his left arm, which would allow him to gain momentum and continue to dominate the race. But this gesture, which has nothing to do with cycling racing, can be punished. During the 2017 Tour de France, for example, Peter Sagan was expelled from the Grande Boucle for pushing Britain’s Mark Cavendish into the barriers in the middle of a mass sprint. Obviously, MVP’s action was slower and less dangerous, but the outcome could have been much more serious.

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