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  1. Van Aert to lead hosts Belgium

    Wout van Aert

    Wout van Aert will be the leading rider for hosts Belgium in this weekend’s World Cyclo-cross Championships in the coastal town of Ostend, team manager Sven Vanthourenhout announced.

    Van Aert is the current leader of the Cyclo-cross World Cup as well as being the Belgian national champion and is one of the favourites to take the title, the others being team-mate Eli Iserbyt, the European champion, and Netherlands rider Mathieu van der Poel, the current holder of the world title. Belgium’s leader in the women’s event will be 12-times national champion Sanne Cant.

    Van Aert, 26, recently extended his contract with Dutch cycling team Jumbo-Visma for three years and claimed his team had become the best in the world. Van Aert was arguably Jumbo's star performer in last year’s Tour de France.

    “I am glad that it’s sorted and I am relieved that I can talk about it,” he said, after reports had linked him with a possible move to British team Ineos.

  2. Van der Poel beats Van Aert in Hamme

    Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel won last weekend’s cyclo-cross event in Hamme (nord), an event counting towards the X2O tournament, beating his main rival for the World Championship, Belgian ace Wout Van Aert. Laurens Sweeck, another Belgian, came in third.

    Van der Poel led from the start while Van Aert, who took a tumble on the second circuit, recovered strongly from fifth to second but could not pull off the win. Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock finished fourth, just over a minute behind Van der Poel with Belgians taking three of the top five positions.

    Leading positions:1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) 1hr 5min 22 secs; 2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) @ 0:7 secs; 3. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) @ 1:00; 4. Tom Pidcock (GB) @ 1:05; 5. Toon Aerts (Bel) @ 1:06

  3. What is the Cyclo-cross World Championships?

    Cyclo-Cross races last around one hour with races held on technical and hilly circuits of 2.5-3.5 km.

    Good handling skills and physical fitness are required with competitors sometimes having to carry their bikes over sections of the course.

    Taking place at Ostend, Belgium, the Cyclo-Cross World Championships are an annual event with the men’s and women’s elite races live on the BBC.

    Evie Richards
  4. Who should I look out for?

    Tom Pidcock and Evie Richards will represent Great Britain in the men’s and women’s elite races respectively.

    21-year-old Pidcock won the silver medal at the 2020 World Championships in Dubendorf, Switzerland, finishing one minute 20 seconds behind the Netherlands' two-time winner Mathieu van der Poel in his first men’s elite race.

    The Leeds-born rider has tasted success previously winning the under-23 world title in 2019 and the junior event in 2017.

    Evie Richards, the two-time under-23 women’s world champion, will also be keen to improve on her sixth-place finish in last year’s elite women’s race.

  5. How to watch the Cyclo-cross World Championships

    All times are GMT and subject to change

    The BBC will bring you coverage of the men’s and women’s elite races from Ostend, Belgium via the Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app.

    All the action will also be available to watch for 30 days on-demand after the event on BBC iPlayer here.

    Coverage

    Saturday 30 January

    14:10-15:25 - Women’s Elite Race - BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website & app

    17:10-18:25 & 22:00-23:15 - Women's Elite Race - BBC Red Button (replay)

    Sunday 31 January

    14:10-15:40 - Men’s Elite Race - BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website & app

    14:30-15:40 - Men's Elite Race - BBC Red Button

    15:40-16:55 & 20:30-21:45 - Women's Elite Race (replay)

    16:55-18:25 & 21:45-23:15 - Men's Elite Race - BBC Red Button (replay)

  6. How to get into cycling

    Get Inspired

    #GetInspired

    Just hop on a bike and you're good to go. British Cycling, Scottish Cycling, Welsh Cycling and Cycle NI have information about clubs and racing tracks, and the Breeze programme for women cyclists offers a range of safe and sociable cycle routes for all abilities. If you don't have access to a bike there are hundreds of bike rental facilities across the UK.

    Road cycling, the most common form of cycling, is simply riding a bike outside for exercise, sport or to get from A to B. Track cycling adds a competitive element and sees riders race around a specialist track at high speeds.

    Is it for me?

    From young children on stabilisers, through to adults going for long countryside rides, cycling is for everyone. Sick of being stuck in traffic? Cycling to work is also one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine. There are also a number of cycling clubs around the UK, where coffee and cake stops are as important as the route you ride!

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