Can Tom Pidcock trouble Van der Poel and Van Aert at the Cyclocross World Champs?

The young Brit is seen as the only challenger capable of breaking the six-year reign of the Dutch and Belgian duo

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The coronavirus pandemic depriving fans of early-season road racing combined with the blockbuster billing of Mathieu van der Poel, Wout Van Aert and Tom Pidcock could make the 2021 Cyclocross World Championships a watershed moment for the discipline.

Van der Poel and Van Aert have won the last six rainbow jerseys between them, but as both riders' stock rises on the road and their rivalry intensifies, their battles in the mud are putting more bums on seats. Add into the mix the burgeoning talent of very-soon-to-be Ineos talent Tom Pidcock, and it's almost enough to forget for a second about how long we'll have to wait for the next instalment of any cycling action.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.