Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) will clash just three times during the cyclo-cross season, with the ‘big three’ set for their first showdown at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Dendermonde on Boxing Day, December 26.
The other big clashes so far confirmed are for December 30 at the Azencross in Loenhout and on January 5 at the Herentals Crosst, which is considered Van Aert’s home race.
Van der Poel announced his provisional race programme today, confirming he will race for the first time on December 18 in the Rucphen World Cup race in the Netherlands, and travel a month later to the US to defend his world championships title in Fayetteville, Arkansas on January 30.
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Van der Poel’s programme is focused on scoring ranking points at World Cup races so he has a best possible position on the start line in Fayetteville. However, he has also added the X20 race rounds in Loenhout on December 30 and Herentals on January 5 to his calendar.
Pidcock is also expected to travel to the US for Worlds. Van Aert now under growing pressure to accept the rainbow jersey challenge, delay his road racing debut to head across the Atlantic to race against his big rivals.Van Aert and Pidcock are […]