Cyclo-cross World Championships: Van der Poel beats Van Aert to elite men’s title


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UCI Cyclocross World Championships 2021 Elite Men Oostende 31012021 Mathieu van der Poel Alpecin Fenix photo Dion KerckhoffsBettiniPhoto2021

Fourth world title for Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands (Image credit: Bettini Image)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Arrival Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands Celebration during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel wins in Ostende (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Arrival Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands Celebration during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) crosses the line for fourth World title (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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UCI Cyclocross World Championships 2021 Elite Men Oostende 31012021 Wout Van Aert BEL Team JumboVisma photo Nico VeerekenPNBettiniPhoto2021

Wout van Aert (Belgium) finished second for the silver medal (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Arrival Wout Van Aert of Belgium during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Wout van Aert of Belgium crosses the line in second, 20 seconds behind winner Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Arrival Toon Aerts of Belgium Celebration during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Toon Aerts of Belgium secures bronze medal for third year (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Arrival Thomas Pidcock of United Kingdom Disappointment during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Rolling in fourth, 13 seconds behind Toon Aerts, is Tom Pidcock of Great Britain (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Mathieu van der Poel took lead in Men’s Elite contest on lap 3 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) would finish fourth (Image credit: Bettini Image)
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Early in the race Mathieu van der Poel pursued closely by Wout van Aert (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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UCI Cyclocross World Championships 2021 Elite Men Oostende 31012021 Wout Van Aert Belgium Team JumboVisma Mathieu van der Poel Alpecin Fenix photo Dion KerckhoffsBettiniPhoto2021

First lap on course for Elite Men (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Wout Van Aert of Belgium during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Wout van Aert of Belgium took the early lead, then suffered front puncture on third lap to fall to second (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Landscape Peloton Sand Beach Sea during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Elite men strung out on first lap of Worlds at Ostend as they exit beach along Black Sea (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Landscape Peloton Sand Beach Sea during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

View of beachfront at Ostend (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Landscape Peloton Sand Beach Sea during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Wout van Aert of Belgium leads group off the beach, closely pursued on first lap by Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Wout Van Aert of Belgium Sea Beach Sanitary Stop during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

After a puncture on lap 3, Wout van Aert lost sight of leader Mathieu van der Poel (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Elite Men’s World Champion for a third year in a row, and fourth overall, Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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UCI Cyclocross World Championships 2021 Elite Men Oostende 31012021 Wout Van Aert BEL Team JumboVisma Mathieu van der Poel NED Alpecin Fenix Toon Aerts BEL Dion KerckhoffsCVBettiniPhoto2021

Elite Men’s podium at 2021 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships – silver medalist Wout Van Aert (Belgium), champion Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands), and bronze medalist Toon Aerts (Belgium) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Podium after Men’s Elite race – Wout van Aert takes silver for Belgium behind World Champion Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Thomas Pidcock of United Kingdom Sea Sand Beach during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Tom PIdcock of Great Britain would finish one spot off the podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Heinrich Haussler of Australia Sea Sand Beach during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Heinrich Haussler of Australia would finish 35th (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Tim Merlier of Belgium Sea Sand Beach during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Tim Merlier of Belgium would finish 17th (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Curtis White of The United States Sea Sand Beach during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Curtis White of the United States would finish 20th (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Zdenek Stybar of Czech Republic Sea Sand Beach during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Zdenek Stybar of Czech Republic would finish 18th (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands Sea Sand Beach during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) powers through surf on the beach for fourth world title (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mathieu van der Poel recovered from a second lap crash before putting on a masterclass of bike riding to clinch a fourth elite men’s cyclo-cross world title. 

The 26-year-old completed a clean sweep of world titles for the Netherlands from the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in the Belgian coastal town of Ostend. 



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