‘No one can say I stole this rainbow jersey’ – Mathieu van der Poel denies Wout Van Aert at cyclocross World Championships

The familiar battle played out in the biggest race of the CX season

Mathieu van der Poel has claimed his second cyclocross world title (Photo by Ole Jensen/Getty Images)

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Newly-crowned cyclocross world champion Mathieu van der Poel said ‘no one can say the title was stolen’ as he dominated the elite men’s field in Denmark.

The Dutchman cut down Wout Van Aert’s three-year winning streak and took his second rainbow jersey on Sunday (February 3).

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.