All eyes are on cyclo-cross at the moment with three big stars causing all the talk, but the cross scene has seen 'super stars' before. Many big names from the road have been top men in the mud - Ed Hood takes a look back through cyclo-cross history.
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On Sunday Mathieu van der Poel will start his cyclo-cross season in Dendermonde after a week's delay and in his first race he will fight it out with his 'arch enemy' Wout van Aert. In a Zoom interview the World champion looked ahead to his first 'cross of this winter and explained more about his crash.
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With last Sunday's Ronde van Drenthe, the curtain dropped on the European road season. As with every season there is a pile of statistics and thanks to WielerFlits and ProCyclingStats we can have a look at some of the more interesting numbers.
It wasn't to be Mark Cavendish's day as Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) showed again his phenomenal ability on a bike by winning on the Champs Élysées. The day did belong to Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) taking his second Tour de France.
Saturday's time trial went to Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert, taking his second 2021 Tour stage victory after the Mont Ventoux win. His teammate Jonas Vingegaard was second on the stage and held his runner-up place overall. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) finished safely to make sure of his overall victory in Paris on Sunday.
Wout van Aert was the man of the day - The Belgian champion got in the early break and then went solo on the second ascent of the Ventoux. Behind; the GC group exploded, but the yellow jersey of Tadej Pogačar was never really in trouble, ignoring an attack from Van Aert's teammate Jonas Vingegaard.
After a tough, wind-swept 250 kilometres, Wout van Aert won the 2021 Gent-Wevelgem. The leader of the Jumbo-Visma team started the day as top favourite and did not disappoint. He won the sprint from a leading group of seven riders who had been off the front for most of the day. Italians took the next three places: Giacomo Nizzolo, Matteo Trentin and Sonny Colbrelli. Michael Matthews was fifth.
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