With no Van Aert or Van der Poel, who can win the cyclocross World Championships?

Tom Pidcock, Eli Iserbyt and Toon Aerts will be among the favourites to win in Arkansas at the end of the month

Lars van der Haar, Tom Pidcock and Eli Iserbyt
Lars van der Haar, Tom Pidcock and Eli Iserbyt competing this season
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The news that neither Wout van Aert or Mathieu van der Poel will be riding the cyclocross World Championships truly opens the door up for other contenders to pull on the rainbow stripes.

The pair have won the last seven titles between them, with Van der Poel winning in 2015, 2019, 2020 and 2021, and Van Aert winning in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The last time both didn't finish on the podium was in 2016.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.