Van Aert and Van der Poel kick the Cyclo-cross World Cup up a notch in Namur

Cyclocross world champion Mathieu van der Poel teams the sand at the Middelkerke round of the 2018/19 Superprestige series
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Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) have already provided one of the most thrilling Classics battles of the year in the Tour of Flanders and the pair are now due to light up the cyclo-cross season in this weekend's UCI World Cup in Namur.

With Lucinda Brand (Telenet-Baloise), Ceylin Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) and Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) expected to continue their battle in the women’s race, Sunday's two elite fields look set  to deliver hard-fought and thrilling competition even in the absence of cheering fans.

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Laura Weislo
Managing Editor

Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.

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