Van Aert tips Van der Poel as 'cross Worlds favourite

Belgian Wout Van Aert pictured during the mens elite race of the Druivencross cyclocross cycling event last stage of the UCI World Cup competition in Overijse Belgium Sunday 24 January 2021BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
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Belgium cyclo-cross national champion Wout van Aert says that rival and reigning world champion Mathieu Van der Poel will be favourite when the pair battle for the rainbow jersey at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Oostende next weekend.

Van Aert inflicted a rare defeat on his Dutchman in the final World Cup round in Overijse on Sunday – only the third time he has done so this season.

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