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.

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 2 minutes ago

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 3 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 · 4 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 · 5 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 · 6 minutes ago

Mathieu van der Poel takes his third cyclocross world title!

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 9 minutes ago

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 11 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 · 12 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 · 14 minutes ago

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 15 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 · 16 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.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 17 minutes ago

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 17 minutes ago

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 21 minutes 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.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 25 minutes ago

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 26 minutes 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.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 28 minutes 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.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 31 minutes ago

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 33 minutes 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.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 35 minutes ago

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

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 36 minutes 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.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 38 minutes ago

Four more laps - Van der Poel changes bikes again.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 38 minutes 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.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 42 minutes 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.

Cyclo-Cross World Cup · 43 minutes 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

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour 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.

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

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

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour 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

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour 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.

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour 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.

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

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

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

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

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour 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.

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour 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.

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

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

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

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

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour ago

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

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour 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

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour 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

Cyclocross World Championships · one hour 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."

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