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Zeven Cyclo-cross World Cup - Mega tech gallery

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Wet and muddy were the course conditions at Zeven

Wet and muddy were the course conditions at Zeven
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Sanne Cant appeared to have non-production custom chainrings on her Dura-Ace drivetrain

Sanne Cant appeared to have non-production custom chainrings on her Dura-Ace drivetrain
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Sanne Cant's Stevens Super Prestige in custom world champion colours

Sanne Cant's Stevens Super Prestige in custom world champion colours
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Giant CXR 0 tubular wheels were used by a handful of riders

Giant CXR 0 tubular wheels were used by a handful of riders
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Each bike was checked by the UCI ahead of each race for any technological fraud

Each bike was checked by the UCI ahead of each race for any technological fraud
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The bikes and components had to deal with very muddy conditions in Germany

The bikes and components had to deal with very muddy conditions in Germany
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Some riders are still running Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series shifting with non-series disc brakes and levers

Some riders are still running Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series shifting with non-series disc brakes and levers
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Wyman's 'Queen of the Mud' steerer cap

Wyman's 'Queen of the Mud' steerer cap
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A closer look at Helen Wyman's cockpit

A closer look at Helen Wyman's cockpit
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Wyman runs a Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 groupset

Wyman runs a Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 groupset
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Helen Wyman opts for Crankbrothers Eggbeater pedals

Helen Wyman opts for Crankbrothers Eggbeater pedals
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Cant's levers are raised slightly to prevent slipping over the top of the hoods

Cant's levers are raised slightly to prevent slipping over the top of the hoods
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A special saddle for the World Champion

A special saddle for the World Champion
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The Beobank-Corendon mechanic ensures each compoent is immaculate ahead of racing

The Beobank-Corendon mechanic ensures each compoent is immaculate ahead of racing
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Wet and muddy wer the course conditions at Zeven

Wet and muddy wer the course conditions at Zeven
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Queues for the pit wash during the Men's Elite race

Queues for the pit wash during the Men's Elite race
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A bike change during the Women's Elite race

A bike change during the Women's Elite race
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A look at the pits during the Women's Elite race

A look at the pits during the Women's Elite race
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Former cyclocross world champion, Tour de France stages, Flanders and Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner, and van der Poel's father Adri cleans his son's bike after warming up

Former cyclocross world champion, Tour de France stages, Flanders and Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner, and van der Poel's father Adri cleans his son's bike after warming up
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Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 crank with Ultegra chain rings and Dura-Ace R9150 derailleurs

Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 crank with Ultegra chain rings and Dura-Ace R9150 derailleurs
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The pits have multiple jet washes to clean bikes mid race

The pits have multiple jet washes to clean bikes mid race
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Cant equips her bikes with Cole wheels

Cant equips her bikes with Cole wheels
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Apart from the finish, both bikes run the exact components and drivetrain

Apart from the finish, both bikes run the exact components and drivetrain
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Van der Poel's custom bikes commemorating his European title and World Cup lead

Van der Poel's custom bikes commemorating his European title and World Cup lead
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Plenty of nutrition available for the USA Cycling riders

Plenty of nutrition available for the USA Cycling riders
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USA U23 riders warm up ahead of their race

USA U23 riders warm up ahead of their race
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The Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleur hugs the rear wheel, reducing the risk of damage in a crash

The Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleur hugs the rear wheel, reducing the risk of damage in a crash
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Aerts ran Challenge Baby Limus tubular tyres at Zeven

Aerts ran Challenge Baby Limus tubular tyres at Zeven
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140mm Shimano RT-99-A-SS center lock disc rotors were popular among some of the big names at Zeven

140mm Shimano RT-99-A-SS center lock disc rotors were popular among some of the big names at Zeven
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Aerts runs Shimano XTR pedals alongside the Dura-Ace R9100 series crankset

Aerts runs Shimano XTR pedals alongside the Dura-Ace R9100 series crankset
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Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 shifters on Toon Aerts' Trek Boone

Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 shifters on Toon Aerts' Trek Boone
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The majority of riders used Shimano pedals, but there were a few Time Atac pedals around

The majority of riders used Shimano pedals, but there were a few Time Atac pedals around
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A mechanic prepares a Colnago Prestige for racing

A mechanic prepares a Colnago Prestige for racing
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Colnago Prestiges sit alongside a Stevens Super Prestige

Colnago Prestiges sit alongside a Stevens Super Prestige
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Some Focus Mares ready to race

Some Focus Mares ready to race
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USA Cycling had a heavy junior and U23 presence at the World Cup event while riders are in Europe for winter training camp

USA Cycling had a heavy junior and U23 presence at the World Cup event while riders are in Europe for winter training camp
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For Shimano riders, 46/39 chainrings combined with an 11-28 cassette was the common gearing choice

For Shimano riders, 46/39 chainrings combined with an 11-28 cassette was the common gearing choice
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A Belgium U23 rider warms up ahead of his race

A Belgium U23 rider warms up ahead of his race
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The bikes go through several cleans thoughout the day following warm ups and during the race, with the components taking plenty of abuse

The bikes go through several cleans thoughout the day following warm ups and during the race, with the components taking plenty of abuse
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British U18s rider Ben Tullett's S-Works Crux following his 16th place finish in Zeven

British U18s rider Ben Tullett's S-Works Crux following his 16th place finish in Zeven
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Plenty of spare wheels were around

Plenty of spare wheels were around
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The crankset takes plenty of abuse throughout the season

The crankset takes plenty of abuse throughout the season
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Van der Poel runs a Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 electronic groupset with hydraulic disc brakes

Van der Poel runs a Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 electronic groupset with hydraulic disc brakes
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Van der Poel had his bike, and handlebar tape cleaned and polished all morning ahead of the racing

Van der Poel had his bike, and handlebar tape cleaned and polished all morning ahead of the racing
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The Beobank-Corendon team ran A. Dugast Rhino tubular tyres at Zeven

The Beobank-Corendon team ran A. Dugast Rhino tubular tyres at Zeven
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For the Zeven World Cup, van der Poel opted for Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 wheels and is known to also ride C60 wheels during the season

For the Zeven World Cup, van der Poel opted for Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 wheels and is known to also ride C60 wheels during the season
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Van der Poel uses 'Prototype' Shimano pedals

Van der Poel uses 'Prototype' Shimano pedals
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Alongside Mathieu van der Poel's stock Stevens Super Prestige bikes, the former world champion has two custom framesets

Alongside Mathieu van der Poel's stock Stevens Super Prestige bikes, the former world champion has two custom framesets
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One of Toon Aerts' bikes gets jet washed ahead of the Men's Elite race

One of Toon Aerts' bikes gets jet washed ahead of the Men's Elite race
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Mechanics from the Marlux-Napolean Games clean bikes after some warm up laps

Mechanics from the Marlux-Napolean Games clean bikes after some warm up laps
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At the German round of the cyclo-cross World Cup in Zeven, world champion Wout van Aert bettered his rival Mathieu van der Poel on the muddy, wet and technical course.

The World Cup event sees Junior Men, U23 Men, Elite Women and Elite Men battle throughout the day with the course becoming more and more challenging with every race.

This season sees the debut of the Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series groupset in the top level of 'cross, with Van der Poel, Toon Aerts, Helen Wyman and world champion Sanne Cant among those opting for the flagship electronic groupset with hydraulic disc brakes.

In the muddy conditions most riders opted for bike changes each lap, with bikes being cleaned multiple times throughout the day.

Some hybrid drivetrains were spotted, featuring older Dura-Ace cranksets, combined with Ultegra chainrings and the latest Di2 shifting and non-series brakes.

Current World Cup leader and European champion Mathieu van der Poel had two of his Stevens Super Prestige framesets customised to commemorate the two leads.

Most riders opted for a gear combination of 46/39 chainrings and an 11-28 cassette for the course, with Aerts suggesting most riders will stick with the same gearing for most of the season's races apart from the infamous Koppenbergcross.

Sanne Cant appeared to have custom-made unmarked chainrings to accompany her Dura-Ace R9100 crankset.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to take a look at the tech on show and muddy conditions at the Zeven World Cup.