Wout van Aert expected to return to cyclocross next month

The rivalry of 2020 should continue off-road this winter 

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Wout van Aert is expected to start his cyclocross season next month, so we may see the main rivalry of 2020 continue. 

Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has had another phenomenal season on the road, winning Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and winning two stages of the Tour de France. 

The Belgian star has now closed out his road season, but isn’t finished racing yet as he plans to head back to cyclocross for the winter. 

Van Aert may start his CX season at the Urban Cross Kortrijk on November 28, although that is not yet set in stone. 

Late into the season, Van Aert reignited his old rivalry with Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in the Belgian Classics, and the battle should continue through the winter. 

Van Aert’s manager Jef Van Den Bosch told Wielerflits (opens in new tab): “Contrary to some media writing, his participation in Kortrijk is not yet final.

“But the chance is real, yes. After a few weeks of leave, the end of November will indeed be the period he is working towards to resume the competition.” 

Van der Poel has previously said he will start racing CX in Antwerp in December.  

Both riders started their career in cyclocross and have both won World Championships in the discipline.

In recent years Van der Poel and Van Aert have switched their focus to the road and have taken the pro peloton by storm, both winning Monuments. 

Their rivalry came to head at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, as they went head-to-head in the final with the result coming down to a two-up sprint. 

Van der Poel triumphed to take the biggest win of his career, in the last race on the road the pair will share.

Van Aert closed out his season with Flandes, but Van der Poel will finish his season at the Three Days of De Panne on Wednesday (October 21).   

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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.