European cyclo-cross seasons begins in Geraardsbergen

World champion Wout Van Aert at Koppenbergcross

The European cyclo-cross season begins Sunday with the first round of the Brico series in Geraardsbergen, Belgium, home to the cobbled climb made famous by the Belgian Classics and especially the Tour of Flanders. World champion Wout van Aert wears number one in the elite men’s race, but his biggest rival, Mathieu van der Poel, has opted to delay his season to recover from his road racing and mountain bike racing. Sanne Cant, Helen Wyman, Nikki Brammeier and Eva Lechner will all make their season debuts in the Geraardsbergen. Val der Poel will also miss the two World Cup races in the US in Waterloo on September 23 and in Iowa City on September 29 and only make his cyclo-cross debut at the Berencross on October 6 after a much-needed break following a summer of racing. The 23-year-old Dutchman finished third in the mountain bike world championships last weekend in ...

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