The six cyclo-cross races where Wout van Aert will face Mathieu van der Poel this year

The great Dutch and Belgian rivals will clash first on 22 December

Wout van Aert Mathieu van der Poel
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Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel could face each other at just six cyclo-cross races this season, with both riders' initial schedules published.

The pair are the two biggest names in the CX world, having shared nine out of the last ten World Championships between them, and have been head and shoulders above the rest of the field for most of that time. 

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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.