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How to watch the 2020-2021 cyclo-cross season – live streams from anywhere

NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix during the 9th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2020 Women Elite Superprestige2021 SPNiel on November 11 2020 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
World champion Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The 2020-2021 cyclo-cross season has been reduced and put behind closed doors because of the coronavirus pandemic, with organisers urging spectators to watch the races from the safety of their homes.

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.

The UCI Cyclo-cross calendar has been slashed by cancellations across North America and peppered across Europe, but there is still a hearty calendar of racing throughout the winter to entertain us on the weekends.

Five of the World Cup rounds, the Telenet Superprestige, the X2O Trophy series and the World Championships are going ahead over the course of 10 weeks under strict protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


The Superprestige got under way in Gieten in October, with Toon Aerts (Telenet Baloise) and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) taking the early leads.

While Alvarado then nabbed a second victory in Ruddervoorde, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen) beat Aerts and then moved into the series lead by one point by taking second behind teammate Laurens Sweeck in Niel. After two podium placings, Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise) got the better of Alvarado in Niel.

Round 4, last weekend, took place on a new course in Merksplas. The former Hoogstraten round was to debut 10km down the road in Merksplas last February, but the race was cancelled due to a severe winter storm.

The men's race saw Michael Vanthourenhout come out on top, ahead of teammates Eli Iserbyt and Laurens Sweeck, making it a Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal clean sweep of the podium, with Iserbyt doing enough to retain his overall lead.

In the women's race at Merksplas, it was again Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise Lions) who took the win, ahead of Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix), with Alvarado now holding just a one-point lead over Brand overall, midway through the series.

X2O Trophy

The Koppenbergcross was the first round of the time-based X2O Trophy, where Iserbyt used his climbing prowess to take a commanding victory, beating Lars van der Haar (Telenet Baloise) by nearly a minute. Annemarie Worst (777) claimed a narrow win over Brand and Yara Kastelijn (Credishop-Fristads).

The series continues this Saturday in Kortrijk, Belgium, with Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) set to return to racing there in the men's event, which begins at 15:00 CET, which is preceded by the women's race at 13:45 CET.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

The first round of the 2020-2021 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup takes place on Sunday in Tabor, in the Czech Republic, with the series having increased importance due to the UCI's revised rules for the season. The World Championships starting order will be largely determined by the rankings at the end of the World Cup rounds.

The women's race will start at 13:10 CET, followed by the men's race at 14:30 CET.

Live streams

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

The races are being aired live in Dutch on various channels: Sporza, VTM, Proximus and Telenet Play Sports in Belgium, and Eurosport and NOS 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, while the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and World Championships are normally broadcast on the UCI Youtube channel.

The opening round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Tabor 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, 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
11/28/20X2O Trophy KortrijkSporzaEurosportGCN Racing
11/29/20UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup TaborTelenet, Proximus (non-restricted)Eurosport, NOSGCN Racing, FloBikes (USA/CAN)
12/5/20Telenet Superprestige - BoomTelenet, Proximus (non-restricted)EurosportGCN Racing
12/12/20X2O Trophy ScheldecrossSporzaEurosportGCN Racing
12/19/20Telenet Superprestige - GavereSporza, ProximusEurosportGCN Racing
12/20/20UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup NamurTelenet, ProximusEurosport, NOSGCN Racing
12/22/20Ethias Cross EssenVTMEurosportGCN Racing
12/23/20X2O Trophy Cyclocross HerentalsSporzaEurosportGCN Racing
12/26/20Telenet Superprestige - ZolderTelenet, Proximus (non-restricted)EurosportGCN Racing
12/27/20UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup DendermondeSporza, ProximusEurosport, NOSGCN Racing
12/30/20Ethias SylvestercrossVTMEurosportGCN Racing
1/1/21X2O Trophy GP Sven NysSporzaEurosportGCN Racing
1/2/21GullegemcrossTelenet Play Sports GCN Racing
1/9/21Belgian ChampionshipsSporza  
1/9/21Dutch Championships   
1/16/21Zilvermeercross MolTelenet Play Sports  
1/17/21International Cyclocross RucphenTelenet Play SportsEurosport 
1/23/21X2O Trophy FlandriencrossSporzaEurosportGCN Racing
1/24/21UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup OverijseTelenet, ProximusEurosport, NOSGCN Racing
1/30-1/31/2021UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, OostendeSporzaEurosport, NOSGCN Racing
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

We will continue to update this page as information becomes available.

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