The Belgian Wout Van Aert notched his second victory of the season in the Cyclo-cross World Cup Sunday in Dendermonde in Belgium, outclassing Mathieu Van Der Poel, who signed his return to the circuit.

It was the first confrontation between Mathieu Van Der Poel and Wout Van Aert since the World Championships in Ostend won by the Dutchman against his Belgian rival eleven months ago.

And the duel between the two drivers kept their promises… for six laps.

Badly started, Van Aert waited until the second lap to join the leading group made up of Van Der Poel and Toon Aerts, before finally taking the lead halfway through the race and finishing alone.

Van Der Poel back from injury

The Jumbo-Visma rider, who rode on Sunday wearing his Belgian cyclo-cross champion jersey, won all four cyclo-cross events in which he took part this season, including two World Cup stages (Val di Sole in Italy on the 12th and that of Sunday).

Mathieu Van Der Poel signed his return to cyclo-cross, delayed by a knee injury suffered during a ride at the end of November.

The Dutch reigning world champion held on for four laps but finished 49 seconds behind the winner of the day.

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