January 25, 2015, Hoogerheide, Cyclo-cross - CDM

The final cyclo-cross World Cup of the season, Hoogerheide will provide a vital measure for the world's top cyclo-cross racers of their form ahead of the World Championships in Tabor. World Cup leader Kevin Pauwels has a virtual lock on the overall - with an 80-point lead over Lars van der Haar, he need only get to the finish line with a single point to take home the season's prize.

In the women's field, Belgian champion Sanne Cant is one top-five finish away from her first World Cup overall victory. She leads the series by 29 points over US champion Katie Compton, with Ellen van Looy another point in arrears.

In the U23 field, the series is Michael Vanthourenhout's to lose. With leader Wout Van Aert racing the elites and third-placed Laurens Sweeck out of the race due to a doping investigation into his physician, Vanthourenhout's 29-point lead over Clement Venturini (France) puts him in the same situation as Cant: he need only finish top 5 if Venturini wins.

The junior men's series is led by European champion Eli Iserbyt, who has 25 points on Swiss rider Johan Jacobs, with Max Gulickx 51 points back.

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