Wout van Aert claims most dominant cyclo-cross win of the season at X20 Trofee Koksijde

The Belgian mastered the sand ruts to beat Mathieu van der Poel by over a minute and a half

Wout van Aert celebrates in Koksijde
(Image credit: Getty)

Through the deep sand in Koksijde, two-time world champion Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) powered to his most commanding cyclo-cross victory of the season at this afternoon X20 Trofee event, winning by over a minute and a half ahead of his long-term rival Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck). 

The Belgian national champion broke clear at the midway point of the eight-lap race, before drawing out his advantage beneath the Flemish rain clouds. As he crossed the line, the 28-year-old dealt an uppercut to the air, marking the sixth victory of his impressive season. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.