Mathieu van der Poel returns to cyclo-cross with weekend doubleheader

Canyon road bikes: Mathieu van der Poel with his World Championship winning Inflite
Mathieu van der Poel wins his second consecutive Cyclo-cross World Championship in February 2020 (Image credit: Canyon)

Three-time elite cyclo-cross world champion Mathieu van der Poel makes his 2020-21 season debut on the cross circuit this weekend with back-to-back starts at X²0 badkamers Trofee-Scheldecross in Antwerpen on Saturday and Telenet Superprestige in Gavere on Sunday.

According to reports by Wielerflits, Van der Poel has nine races on his schedule leading up to the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Ostend at the end of January. While he does plan to race the Superprestige race at Zolder the day after Christmas and GP Sven Nys at Baal on the first day of the new year, the remaining three World Cups are missing from his lineup. He won all five World Cup events he entered last season, and swept the six he raced the year before that.

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