Mathieu van der Poel has made an impressive appearance for the third time this year. Read all about the one-sided course in the Swiss city of Dübendorf in our live blog.

Good afternoon and welcome to our live blog about the men's competition at the cyclocross world championships in Switzerland! My name is Rob Hirschmann and I will keep you informed of developments in the competition.

  • Riders on the road
  • Large lead Van der Poel
  • Seven laps

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 5 minutes ago

It is the first time since 2008 that no Belgian has taken gold or silver. At the time, Sven Nys was the best Belgian with third place, behind world champion Lars Boom and Czech Zdenek Stybar. Thomas Pidcock is the first British man to win a medal at the World Cup.

Couple of cyclocross worlds stats: first time since 2008 no Belgian top-2, first ever worlds elite medal for a male Brit, congratz @Tompid Huge ride @mathieuvdpoel! @ToAerts second bronze in a row #cyclocross # Dubendorf2020

Avatar Author Renate Schotte Moment of places 16: 10 - 2 February 2020

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 10 minutes ago

@ mathieuvdpoel after world title: "I have driven the perfect race" https://t.co/qIfgqpDAiH

Avatar Author Sporza 🚴Moment of places15: 59 - 2 February 2020

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 14 minutes ago

Mathieu van der Poel is now wearing his rainbow jersey and the Wilhelmus has sounded.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 15 minutes ago

This is how Van der Poel came in. He had plenty of time to get off and 'thank' his bike.

Mathieu van der Poel does not fall for the Swiss city of Dübendorf. It soon became clear that no one but he would win the world title.Read more → https://t.co/7HOEzu2w07

Avatar Author NOS SportMoment of places15: 59 - 2 February 2020

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 19 minutes ago

The stage ceremony is about to begin. Mathieu van der Poel is ready to put on his rainbow sweater.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 20 minutes ago

The top ten:

  • 🇳🇱 Mathieu van der Poel
  • 🇬🇧 Thomas Pidcock
  • 🇧🇪 Toon Aerts
  • 🇧🇪 Wout van Aert
  • 🇧🇪 Laurens Sweeck
  • 🇧🇪 Michael Vanthourenhout
  • 🇳🇱 Corné van Kessel
  • Mer Tim Merlier
  • 🇧🇪 Quinten Hermans
  • 🇧🇪 Eli Iserbyt
  • Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 23 minutes ago

    Van der Poel proud of the way in which he won the title
    Mathieu van der Poel is not only happy with his third world title, but especially with the way in which he won that title. "I am extremely proud of the way," he tells the NOS . "In the last few weeks I felt that I was better. You saw it last weekend. But to make everything run so smoothly, that's just a dream. I was secretly happy that it was so tough, because then you know that best in the front. I wanted to be in the lead from the first lap.

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 30 minutes ago

    Corné van Kessel is the second Dutchman. He is seventh.

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 31 minutes ago

    Laurens Sweeck becomes fifth. Four Belgians finish in the top 6. Unfortunately for the Belgians, they end up from places 3 to 6.

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 32 minutes ago

    Wout van Aert is fourth. Still nice for someone who has just returned from an injury and has hardly ridden.

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 33 minutes ago

    Van der Poel declassifies competition and takes third world cyclocross world title
    Mathieu van der Poel has claimed his third world title with great display of power. From the start, the Dutchman drives at a blistering pace along the course in the Swiss city of Dübendorf. The British Thomas Pidcock is surprisingly second, Toon Aerts takes the bronze.

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 34 minutes ago

    Mathieu van der Poel takes his third cyclocross world title!

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 37 minutes ago

    Final round - It is a countdown before Van der Poel enters and has the title.

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 39 minutes ago

    Final round - Pidcock seems to have the silver inside. So he throws some extra salt into the Belgian wounds.

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 40 minutes ago

    Final round - Van der Poel makes a little slipper for a climb. Not that it matters: the difference has been enormous for a long time.

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 42 minutes ago

    Final round - A final bicycle change for Van der Poel.

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 43 minutes ago

    Final round - Pidcock crosses the finish line at 1.36 behind Van der Poel. Toon Aerts drives just behind him. Wout van Aert follows a larger backlog. He is now riding together with Belgian champion Sweeck.

    Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 44 minutes ago

    One more round - Pidcock also changes bikes. Pursuit Aerts does not do that, so the gap between numbers two and three becomes smaller.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    One more round - Van der Poel hears the bell! One last round, then he is world champion.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Two more laps - Van der Poel changes bikes again. He looks drawn, but still drives around at an impressive pace.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Two more laps - Pidcock is doing very well in the battle for silver. The Briton has a fifteen second lead on Aerts and Van Aert.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Two more laps - Mathieu van der Poel has a one and a half minute lead on number two Thomas Pidcock.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Two more laps - Marthieu van der Poel crosses the line for the fifth time after 47 minutes and 54 seconds. Continue two laps, then he is world champion.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Three more laps - Van der Poel is well on his way to his third world title, after having the best time in 2015 and 2019. With a third title, he will be equal to Wout van Aert, who was the best from 2016 to 2018. Both are still a long way from the record. That is in the name of the Belgian Erik de Vlaeminck, who became world champion seven times.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Three more laps - Pidcock's lead over Aerts is now about nine seconds. It all happens far behind Van der Poel.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    A nice image from the start of the match, in which Van der Poel immediately made clear what he intended. Not much later he disappeared on the horizon.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Three more laps - Pidcock has meanwhile made quite a hole in the Belgians. He has six seconds on Aerts. Then Vanthourenhout follows.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Three more laps - Van der Poel has done another round. He sets a lap time of 9.43. If he can keep up this pace, he will be the champion in half an hour.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Four more laps - Van der Poel changes bikes again.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Four more laps - Pidcock is still second, with Aerts and Van Aert in his wake. Van der Poel is in front of the car without being threatened.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Four more laps - The director is particularly interested in Pidcock and the Belgians, because that battle is much more exciting than the battle for the title. Van der Poel still drives more than a minute ahead of the rest.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Four more laps - Pidcock takes a few seconds on the Belgians and rides in second place.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Four more laps - The Belgian fleet, with British stowaways, in the picture.

    Belgian train with a single British carriage.🇧🇪🇧🇪🇧🇪🇬🇧🇧🇪🇧🇪 @Tompid is in the mix for the silver and bronze medals along with the Belgians: @ToAerts @IserbytEli @vth_michael @LaurensSweeck and @WoutvanAert. # Dubendorf2020

    Avatar AuthorUCI CyclocrossMoment of places15: 02 - 2 February 2020

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Four more laps - Van der Poel is already past the finish line, when Tom Pidcock tries to drive away from the Belgians. That doesn't work, but his intentions are clear.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Five more laps - Despite his wide lead, Van der Poel does not take gas back. On the contrary: he now has a minute lead.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Third lap - In total the riders have to cycle seven laps. So for van der Poel, he is still more than four rounds away from the title.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Third round - Van der Poel is now on his new bicycle.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Second round - Mathieu van der Poel runs for the second time on the finish line. The group of Belgians and the British Pidcock follow in 47 seconds.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Second round - Adrie van der Poel is already ready to provide his son Mathieu with a new bicycle. The leader can take it easy with that switch, because his lead is huge.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    Second round - The differences get bigger and bigger. Van der Poel now has more than half a minute on Aerts.

    Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

    The Cyclocross World Championships lasted 7 minutes and 13 seconds.

    Avatar AuthorThijs ZonneveldMoment of places14: 47 - 2 February 2020

    Cyclo-Cross World Championships · 2 hours ago

    Second round - The Belgians ride for places 2 and 3, that much is already clear. Van der Poel has 22 seconds ahead of Aerts.

    Cyclo-Cross World Championships · 2 hours ago

    Second round - It's the big Van der Poel show. When Aerts arrives at the bridge, Van der Poel is already over it.

    Cyclo-Cross World Championships · 2 hours ago

    Mathieu van der Poel had a good six minutes in the competition ... # wk cyclo-cross

    Avatar Author Raymond Kerckhoffs Moment of Places 14: 45 - February 2, 2020

    Cyclo-Cross World Championships · 2 hours ago

    Second round - The first round (3.35 km) is already over and Van der Poel seems to have already flown. Aerts follows 12 seconds, Iserbyt is 4 seconds behind that again.

    Cyclo-Cross World Championships · 2 hours ago

    First round - Mathieu van der Poel is riding the rest for the time being. He has much more power and speed. the lead on Aerts is already ten seconds.

    Cyclo-Cross World Championships · 2 hours ago

    First round - Van der Poel takes the lead, Aerts follows. Then it is Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout. Van Aert is already 15 counts behind.

    Cyclo-Cross World Championships · 2 hours ago

    First round - Van der Poel and Aerts make a gap to the rest.

    Cyclo-Cross World Championships · 2 hours ago

    First round - Van der Poel takes the bridge well, but Tim Merlier does not. He falls when he comes up. Aerts, Vanthourenhout and Iserbyt follow Van der Poel.

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