Mathieu van der Poel makes it three
The Dutchman flew over his handlebars early on in a muddy chicane. Van Aert accelerated trying to maximize his gains and it looked like it was all over for van der Poel. However, Wout van Aert then had a puncture and Mathieu left him behind. Steadily extending his advantage, Mathieu van der Poel crossed the line 37 seconds ahead of his biggest rival. He took the third rainbow jersey in a row and fourth overall. Congratulations! Well deserved, champ.
😛@mathieuvdpoel 🇳🇱 retains the title.
The rainbow 🌈 bands are his for another year!#Ostend2021 pic.twitter.com/99QcF5TOXL
— UCI Cyclocross (@UCI_CX) January 31, 2021
Elite Men’s Cyclocross World Championships 2021 results
- Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) – 58:57
- Wout van Aert (Bel) + 37 seconds
- Toon Aerts (Bel) + 1:24
- Tom Pidcock (GBr) + 1:37
- Laurens Sweeck (Bel) + 2:05
- Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) + 2:14
- Eli Iserbyt (Bel) + 2:18
- Quinten Hermans (Bel) + 2:23
- Lars Van der Haar (Bel) + 2:41
- Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) + 3:15
Great pro tip. Never drink from a bottle. Some riders pee in bottles and throw it away to people. Yes that’s disgusting. No i have never done this.
— Thomas De Gendt (@DeGendtThomas) January 24, 2021
Joy of joys
UCI testers were the ones that lit the bonfire yesterday morning at our house after an hour trying to get the little lady back to sleep 😭
— Alex Howes (@alex_howes) January 28, 2021
Does it always snow this much in the UK during winter? When I was little it was the most exciting thing in the world and seemed to happen maybe 2 days a year. Now it feels as common as rain. Does it just feel like it because now I have a bike and not a sledge?
— Elinor Barker (@elinorbarker) January 23, 2021