The day after Mathieu van der Poel’s victory over Wout Van Aert at Heusden-Zolder in Superprestige, it was the Belgian who beat the Dutchman at Dendermonde in the Cyclo-cross World Cup.
Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) never leave each other! The 26-year-old Belgian and the soon-to-26-year-old Dutchman faced each other this Sunday for the fourth time in the cyclo-cross season, and Van Aert equalized two wins throughout his duel with Raymond Poulidor’s grandson, by winning in Dendermonde, in Belgian Flanders. The day after van der Poel’s victory in front of Van Aert at Heusden-Zolder (Belgium), as part of the Superprestige, the Belgian this time won in the premier category, the World Cup, of which it was the third round of the 2020-21 season.
A race disputed in the cold, the rain and the wind, consequences of the storm Bella which hit Western Europe since Saturday, and which forced the organizers to modify the course a little after the women’s race (won by Lucinda Brand). Wout Van Aert accelerated from the second lap and continued to increase his lead thereafter, to win in 1:06 with a 2’59 lead over Mathieu van der Poel, victim of a puncture halfway through, and 3’06 over his compatriot Toon Aerts.
The first Frenchman, Yan Gras (AAA Sörius), took 19th place, more than seven minutes behind the winner of the day. The Jumbo-Visma rider took the opportunity to take the lead in the World Cup, which saw Michael Vanthourenhout win the first round in Tabor in the Czech Republic and Mathieu van der Poel the second in Namur in Belgium. The last two rounds will take place on January 3 in Hulst in the Netherlands and on January 24 in Overijse in Belgium.