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The Van Aert and Van der Poel rivalry moves from cyclocross to road

The next challenges will be duels at the Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. The expectation will grow gradually.

Van der Poel and Wout Van Aert
Van der Poel in one of many head-to-heads with Wout Van Aert in cyclo-cross - Picture by Alex Whitehead/

Van der Poel was sublime to win the cyclo-cross world championship in Hoogerheide, although Van Aert had given the impression during the season that he had a slightly more powerful engine.

mathieu van der poel race schedule 2023
Mathieu van der poel race schedule 2023

Now the challenge moves to the road: last week, Van Aert joined his teammates on the road at Jumbo-Visma atop Mount Teide in Tenerife, Spain. Van der Poel, on the other hand, is in Spain always training with some teammates on the road.

This year's spring classics on the road promise to be even more spectacular, as the van Aert and Van der Poel duo always have big surprises in store.

Wout van Aert (BEL) - cyclocross
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Soudal Quick-Step will be there with his team of 90 pieces for this type of race. Tadej Pogačar is a guaranteed factor in races such as Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

And other athletes like Peter Sagan (Total Energies), Mads Pedersen and Jasper Stuyven (Trek Segafredo) will have their say.


The races where there will most likely be a direct match will be:
– White roads, 4 March
– Tour of Flanders, 2 April
– Paris-Roubaix 9 April

3 cycling classics that will become unmissable.

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