Mathieu van der Poel beaten in cyclocross race for first time after 408-day streak

The last time Van der Poel failed to win a cyclocross race was at Koppenbergcross in 2018

Mathieu van der Poel (David Stockman/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel was beaten in a cyclocross race for the first time in 408 days as Belgian Toon Aerts took the victory at the Hotondcross in the city of Ronse, Belgium.

The last defeat Van der Poel suffered in a cyclocross race was back in 2018, at the Koppenbergcross, and in between these two defeats the young Dutchman has announced himself on the road with a series of impressive victories.

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