Mathieu van der Poel and Puck Pieterse win X20 Trofee Herentals cyclo-cross

It's a Dutch golden day out in Belgium as the Alpecin pair win

Mathieu van der Poel
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There has been a lot of talk this winter about a 'big three' in the world of men's cyclo-cross, consisting of Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers). However, with Pidcock not beating either of the pair this season, a big two has seemed more inarguable, more real.

This was certainly the case on Tuesday afternoon, as in the absence of Pidcock, Van Aert and Van der Poel went toe-to-toe at the Herentals round of the X20 Trofee, and could not not be pulled apart. That was the case until Van Aert had a puncture on the last lap, which handed the victory to his big rival.

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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.