With title defender Mathieu van der Poel as a big favorite, the cyclists started the battle for the world title just after 2.30 pm on Sunday. Follow the course in the Swiss city of Dübendorf here live.

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.

  • Start at 2.30 p.m.
  • Van der Poel top favorite
  • Nine laps

Cyclo-Cross World Championships · one minute ago

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 5 minutes ago

The Cyclocross World Championships lasted 7 minutes and 13 seconds.

Avatar AuthorThijs ZonneveldMoment of places14: 47 - 2 February 2020

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 5 minutes 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 Cup · 6 minutes 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 Cup · 7 minutes 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 Cup · 8 minutes 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 Cup · 9 minutes 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 Cup · 11 minutes 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 Cup · 13 minutes ago

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 14 minutes 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.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 16 minutes ago

First round - Van der Poel is alert during the first minutes of the match. Eli Iserbyt, Toon Aerts and Tim Merlier according to him.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 17 minutes ago

First round - Van der Poel is well off, but so are the Belgians.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 18 minutes ago

We are on the way! Mathieu van der Poel is the first to take a turn.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 18 minutes ago

The men are ready for the start. Mathieu van der Poel is in the first row.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 20 minutes ago

Team Jumbo-Visma naturally today welcomes Wout van Aert, who is under contract with the Dutch formation.

Dub # Dubendorf2020Go Wout! 🌈

Avatar AuthorTeam Jumbo-Visma cyclingMoment of places14: 31 - 2 February 2020

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 24 minutes ago

The weather conditions in Dübendorf are a lot worse than during the women's competition yesterday. For example, there is a strong wind.

The wind is rising.

Avatar Author Thomas Sijtsma Moment of places 14: 23 - 2 February 2020

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 31 minutes ago

Aerts: "Normally Mathieu is the strongest, but he must drive us off"
The Belgian Toon Aerts, who is seen as the biggest competitor for Mathieu van der Poel, acknowledges that Mathieu van der Poel is the house-high favorite for the title. "Normally Mathieu is the strongest, but he has to drive us off", he tells Sporza . "That I beat him in similar circumstances in Ronse gives me hope."

35 minutes ago

Van der Poel sees Toon Aerts as the biggest competitor
Mathieu van der Poel sees Toon Aerts as his main competitor for the world title, he says at Sporza . Certainly also because the trail is muddy due to the bad weather of today. "I would have preferred the course to be faster, like yesterday. But normally I can handle this. I hope to be fine and then a lot is possible. But I do take Toon Aerts into account."

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