The organizer of the UCI Cyclo-cross World is Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). It was first held in 1993, and it immediately attracted the attention of many sports fans around the globe. At the moment, participants are competing in five categories, including Men Elite, Woman Elite, Men Under 23, Women Under 23, and Men Junior. In 2015, the competition was held for the first time in the United States. Paul Herygers was the player to win the first-ever UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup title.
The latest edition of the Men Elite UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup kicked off only a few days ago – on 10th October. The competition started from Waterloo and according to the schedule, it is to end on 29-30th January 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. On 13th October, the Men’s Elite Cyclo-cross World Championships arrived in Fayetteville and it will be in Iowa on 17th September.
Who Will be the Next Winner in the Men Elite UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup?
Bookmakers already accept bets on the winner of the competition. It seems that the main contenders for the first place are Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert. Many sports fans believe that Mathieu van der Poel has a real chance to defend his title. The Dutch cyclist conquered the world crown four times.
During the last UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup season, Mathieu van der Poel crossed the finishing line 37 seconds before van Aert, securing his third title in a row. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why punters believe that he will win the race again.
However, others believe that Wout van Aert is the next winner of the Men’s Elite Cyclo-cross World Championships. If we look at the list of the Men Elite UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup winners, the country that swept the most gold medals is Belgium. What is more, van Aert won the first Olympic medal for Belgium in the 2021 Olympics held in Tokyo. The Belgium cyclist also won Tour de France 2021 – the world’s biggest cycling competition.
Interestingly, the two cyclists have been competing against each other since kids. Statistics show that the two of them competed against each other in over 200 races. The two common things between them are their brilliant cycling skills and their age. Despite some rumors that there is some conflict between van Aert and van der Poel, the two of them show mutual respect in front of their fans. If you are interested in placing a bet on this race, we will advise you firstly to read a guide about betting on cycling.
Mathieu van der Poel vs Wout van Aert – What Happened Last Season?
During the last edition of the Men Elite UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, van Aert was very close to collecting the gold medal. But Mathieu van der Poel won a 10-second margin because the Belgium cyclist had to struggle with a third-lap puncture. Eventually, he could not make up for this margin, and van Aert finished in second place. If it was not the flat tire, the winner could be van Aert.
In an interview, van der Poel shared that he could not feel the spirit of the Men’s Elite UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup because of the lack of crowd and friends to support him due to the Covid-19 restrictions.