van der Poel edges epic duel with van Aert at Benidorm World Cup

Dutchman outmanoeuvres his long-term rival as Tom Pidcock finishes fifth and Laurens Sweeck wraps up overall World Cup title

Mathieu van der Poel leads Wout van Aert on the final lap in Benidorm
(Image credit: Jasper Jacobs / Belga Mag / Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert served up yet another gripping cyclo-cross encounter in the penultimate World Cup round in Benidorm, where the Dutchman drew on all of his strength and off-road nous to outsprint his rival to take victory.


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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.