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

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

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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