Mathieu van der Poel beats Wout van Aert to take third straight Cyclocross World Championships title
Mathieu van der Poel has beaten Wout van Aert to take his third Cyclocross World Championships title in a row.
Earlier in the race, it had looked like disaster for the Dutchman as he was upended over his handlebars through a muddy chicane, with Van Aert accelerating as he looked to capitalise.
The Belgian then punctured, however, with Van der Poel catching him and leaving him behind. From there, he continued to extend his advantage until the end, taking his third rainbow jersey in a row and fourth overall.
After Van Aert had crossed the line 37 seconds in arrears, Toon Aerts survived a final assault from Tom Pidcock to claim the bronze medal.
The Brit had hassled the Belgian throughout but couldn’t quite bridge the gap, the pair sprinting through the final section of the course but in the end running out of road.
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