The rivals met for the first time this cyclocross season on Sunday in Namur, with the win for Van der Poel. That was a match for the World Cup and on Monday it became clear that next Sunday there will be another duel between the Dutchman from Alpecin-Fenix and the Belgian from Jumbo-Visma.
After Van Aert had announced that he would still start in the World Cup cross of Dendermonde, Van der Poel decided not much later to put that cross on his program. Partly because the position in the World Cup determines the starting order at the World Cup, at the end of January in Ostend.
But first there is Wednesday Herentals Cross for the classification in which the Belgian Eli Iserbyt leads. It is a new race with a course around the so-called ski mountain, a slope that has to be conquered once per lap by bicycle and once on foot. “The ski mountain may be decisive for the win”, says Erwin Vervecken, the former rider who co-designed the course. It is familiar territory for Van Aert. He regularly trains on the ski mountain.
Lucinda Brand is in the lead among the women with a slight lead over her compatriot Denise Betsema.
Cross Herentals will be a new game between Van der Poel and Van Aert | Cycling
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