01 February 2021

As a sponsor of the Alpecin-FENIX team, we celebrate Mathieu van der Poel’s win of the 2021 Cyclo-cross World Championship, for the third year in a row, after a much-anticipated duel with rival Wout van Aert in Ostend, Belgium.

Van der Poel completed the eight-lap course in 58:57. "I got lucky when van Aert had that puncture so I could return, but I don't believe my race was over after my crash. I felt I was improving after each lap. In the second half of the race I was in control. It was a very tough course, where you could lose or win a lot on the beach sections," said the 26-year-old world champion.

With this win, the fourth in his career after the 2015 victory, the captain of the Alpecin-FENIX team matches 1980’s cyclo-cross legend Roland Liboton World Championship title record.