Lighter Mathieu van der Poel hits the ground running on cyclo-cross return

OUDENAARDE BELGIUM OCTOBER 18 Arrival Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Celebration Press Media during the 104th Tour of Flanders 2020 Ronde van Vlaanderen Men Elite a 2433km race from Antwerpen to Oudenaarde RVV20 FlandersClassic on October 18 2020 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Mathieu Van Der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix celebrates 2020 Tour of Flanders victory (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

No time like the present for Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) to hit his stride in his return to cyclo-cross, as he went straight to the top step of the podium in his first race of the 2020-21 season on Saturday. 

It was the fifth win of his career at X²0 Badkamers Trofee-Scheldecross in Antwerp, but not a presumptive lone escape with distance and a chunk of time to spare.

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