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How to watch the 2021 Cyclo-cross World Championships – live streams from anywhere

DUBENDORF SWITZERLAND FEBRUARY 02 Arrival Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands Celebration Canyon Bike Mud during the 71st Cyclocross World Championships Dbendorf 2020 Men Elite UCICX Dubendorf2020 on February 02 2020 in Dubendorf Switzerland Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
2020 world champion Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The end of the 2020-21 cyclo-cross season is upon us, and, though the season has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships are all set for January 30-31.

Dutch leader and reigning world champion Mathieu van der Poel is once again set to face off against his long-time rival Wout van Aert of Belgium for the men's crown, while Dutchwomen Lucinda Brand and Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado are among the favourites for the women's race.

At their last meetings at the UCI World Cup finale in Overijse, Van Aert beat Van der Poel, while world champion Alvarado got the better of Brand.

It's not all about the big four riders, though. Eli Iserbyt, Toon Aerts, Laurens Sweeck, and Michael Vanthourenhout are on the Belgian team. Tom Pidcock is Great Britain's challenger, while Zdenek Štybar races for the Czech Republic and Heinrich Haussler makes his debut for Australia.

In the women's race, the stacked Dutch team also contains Marianne Vos, Yara Kastelijn, Denise Betsema and Annemarie Worst, while Sanne Cant leads Belgium and Clara Honsinger heads up the US team.

The best way to watch the action while staying clear of COVID-19 is to follow it online or on television, and what better place than right here on Cyclingnews?

We'll bring you full coverage of all the major races, with reports, results, and news throughout the winter. 

Read on to find out how to watch the 2020-2021 cyclo-cross season via live stream, no matter your location, with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

Live streams

Follow Cyclingnews on Twitter (opens in new tab), Facebook (opens in new tab) and Instagram (opens in new tab) for alerts on important stories and action during the cyclo-cross season. Meanwhile, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) can help you watch the races, no matter your location.

The races are being aired live in Dutch on various channels: Sporza (opens in new tab) in Belgium, and Eurosport and NOS (opens in new tab) in the Netherlands. Check below for a full list of races and broadcasters airing them.

Outside of Belgium, many of the races will be live streamed on GCN Racing (opens in new tab), while the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and World Championships are normally broadcast on the UCI Youtube channel (opens in new tab).

The UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will be hosted on FloBikes in the USA and Canada.

If you live outside a broadcast zone or are on holiday outside your country and find that the live streams to be geo-restricted, you can get around this by getting access to them by simulating being back in your home country via a 'virtual private network', or VPN, for your laptop, tablet or mobile.

TechRadar tested hundreds of VPNs and recommends the number-one VPN currently available as Express VPN. With ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), you can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc. 

Cyclo-cross schedule & broadcasters

DateRaceBelgiumNetherlandsOutside Belgium
1/30-1/31/2021UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, OostendeSporzaEurosport, NOSGCN Racing
February   
2/3/21Ethias ParkcrossVTMEurosportGCN Racing
2/6/21Telenet Superprestige - MiddelkerkeTelenet, Proximus (non-restricted)EurosportGCN Racing
2/7/21X2O Trophy KrawatencrossSporzaEurosportGCN Racing
2/13/21Ethias MeetjescrossVTMEurosportGCN Racing
2/14/21X2O Trophy Brussels Universities CyclocrossSporzaEurosportGCN Racing
2/20/21WaaslandcrossSporzaEurosportGCN Racing

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