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This weekend starts the busy christmas period in the cross, with a equipped top and famous pit

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The past few weeks elected Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert in order to charge the batteries in the warm south but both riders return this weekend in cyclo-cross. With two crosses for the busy christmas period used: the beach of Sint-Anneke Saturday is a warm-up for the pit of Zonhoven on Sunday.

The Scheldecross is still a young cross, but it is there one that Wout van Aert to the heart. “A beautiful cross that returns to the base,” says the world champion in a press release of organiser Golazo. “A cross without too much fantasietjes or novelties, which is often a exciting battle poses. The strip of sand on the beach is crucial, and the focus of the contest is near to the finish in that area, they have it in Antwerp are well understood.”

In comparison with last year is the strip of sand, moreover, what more have moved in the direction of the river Scheldt, which is a good passage on ‘the beach of Sint-Anneke ” in the fast cross even more important. “That strip of sand should be heavy to make a difference”, is Of Aert satisfied. “With the freezing conditions, the sand will likely to be fairly loose hove to. The combination of stretches of sand in a fast cross, we are just. You ride in a group around, then it falls on the quick strips are often silent and it is not so bad. You’re alone, you can really feel like how heavy that strips prevail in the contest.”

Saturday is there as a warmup to the Scheldecross, Sunday is so the famous Pit of Zonhoven on the program. The world cup is already in its fifth round. With wins in Casting, Tree, Ruddervoorde and Gavere led Mathieu van der Poel for four wins in a row in the world cup Sunday in Zonhoven that chain of victories continue and a five on five scoring.

The past two editions, won Van der Poel, Wout van Aert that 2015 won. Both toppers are Sunday again of the party after a long stay on a placement in Spain which makes them two crossweekends pass let him go. “An internship that I am glad has done,” says Van Aert. “I have my schedule perfectly able to follow as I had in mind. The feeling on the bike was good and the climbs got better. In addition, I have a lot of can get some rest, also on a mental level. With the extrasportieve worries of the past months was that really necessary.”

After four races in the world cup performs Mathieu Van der Poel (60 points) of course, the rankings for Toon Aerts (54). Lars van der haar (41) and Wout Van Aert (41) are on a shared third place, but as is well known, drive Of Aert some races, not at the end of the season, hence he has no role to play in that classification.

This is the remaining (busy) program in the cross:

December 15: Scheldecross Antwerp (DVV Trophy)

16 december: Zonhoven (Telenet Superprestige)

December 22: Waaslandcross Sint-Niklaas (Soudal Classics)

23 december: Namur (world Cup)

26 december: Heusden-Zolder (world Cup)

December 28: Azencross Loenhout (DVV Trophy)

29 december: Bredene (Brico Cross)

30 december: Diegem (Telenet Superprestige)

January 1: GP Sven Nys, Baal (DVV Trophy)

5 January: Gullegem

6 January: Leuven (Soudal Classics)

13 January: Belgian Championship in Kruibeke

14 January: Otegem

20 January: Pont-Château (world Cup)

26 January: Kasteelcross Zonnebeke

27th of January: GP Adrie Van der Poel, Hoogerheide (world Cup)

3 February: world Championship in Bogense

6 February: Parkcross Maldegem (Brico Cross)

9 February: Krawatencross Lille (DVV Trophy)

10 February: Aardbeiencross Hoogstraten (Telenet Superprestige)

16 February: North sea Cross in Middelkerke (Telenet Superprestige)

20 February: Cyclocross Masters Waregem (Soudal Classics)

23 February: Kleicross Lebbeke

24/02/2019Sluitingsprijs OostmalleAndere

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