Pro cyclist, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) won his first UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup victory since his win at Pontchâteau back in 2019, beating the competition in the ankle-deep mud in Dendermonde, Belgium. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), finished in second and Toon Aerts (Telenet-Baloise) finished in third.
With heavy rains and high winds, the winter storm Bella has plagued Europe the last couple of days and forced organizers to change the lap course by removing a flyover bridge as well as removing the worst part of the course with knee-deep mud.
"It was really difficult cross," Van Aert said after winning by almost three minutes. "It didn't make much sense to use tactics, just keep up the pace. Apparently my pace was much better than the rest."
The riders had to run a bit more than usual due to the harsh conditions and there were ample muck, icy rain and gusty winds to push the participants to their limits.