Watch the highlights from the third round of the 2016/17 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Valkenburg, Netherlands.
The Men Elite race was expected to be another duel between Dutch Champion Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and UCI World Champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team).
Since van der Poel’s return to racing at the beginning of the month after knee surgery, the two youngsters have alternated wins.
This time Van der Poel completed a 3-lap solo in the 9-lap race, holding off the return from Van Aert.
With his second place, Van Aert remains in the lead of the World Cup standings with 230 points in front of Laurens Sweeck (ERA Real Estate-Circus), ninth in Valkenburg.
In the Women’s race, UCI World Champion Thalita de Jong (RaboLiv Women CyclingTeam) confirmed her form, taking the win in front of fellow Dutch competitor Sophie De Boer (Kalas-NNOF).
The two had exchanged accelerations in front for most of the five-lap race. European Champion Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) finished third.
De Boer takes over the World Cup leader’s jersey from US Champion Katherine Compton who didn’t race in Valkenburg.