Tomorrow the closing price cyclocross is traditionally on the program in Oostmalle. High time to put the mud gladiators in the spotlight with the cyclocross Oscars from our editorial team!
Best male lead: Mathieu van der Poel
The Dutchman ruled the field again last season. He was not invincible this year like he has been in previous years. But with 10 victories out of 14 crosses including the world title, he once again played the leading role in crossland.
Best Female Lead: Lucinda Brand
The now 31-year-old Dutch won just about everything that can be won last season.
With final victory in the World Cup, Superprestige, X²O Trophy and the icing on the cake the world title, she certainly did not steal this Oscar.
Best Picture: World Cup Namur
Namur guarantees spectacle. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/from-stuntman-to-soundtrack-these-are-the-cyclo-cross-oscars-2020-2021-cyclocross.html
The grueling circulation on the Citadel creates a heroic battle every year, and this year was no different.
A phenomenal Pidcock was in the lead throughout the cross. But after an ultimate effort by a fantastic Van Aert, the big three came together again in the final phase.
The final lap was a nail-biter and the Dutchman was the winner.
Best actor: Wout van Aert
The prize for best actor or acting performance goes without a doubt to the Belgian champion. Six days before the Belgian Championship Sarah De Bie and Wout van Aert welcomed their first child: Georges.
Before the start Wout van Aert spoke the following words: “Everything is very well with Georges, he sleeps and eats well”.
After the finish, the Kempenaar came with a completely different emotional version of the week for the BK. A strong piece of acting by the brand new dad.
His interview before the start
His interview after the finish
Best Male Guest Actor: Zdenek Stybar
In the absence of road races, the three-time cyclocross world champion suddenly appeared on the start list of the World Cup cyclocross.
A fourth rainbow jersey was of course not possible. After a creditable cross, the Czech came in 18th place at 5’42 “from world champion Van der Poel.
Best Female Guest Actress: Lotte Kopecky
The Belgian champion against the clock and on the road came to test her mud legs in the field this season.
She rode to a very good second place at the Belgian Championship behind the – in Belgium – unapproachable Sanne Cant.
Rising Star: Thomas Pidcock
Behind Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert there is a big gap. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/from-stuntman-to-soundtrack-these-are-the-cyclo-cross-oscars-2020-2021-cyclocross.html
The only rider who has dived into that hole last season listens to the name Thomas “Tom” Pidcock.
The still only 21-year-old crosser from Leeds lit his nose this season and passed the window. On the military domain, he impressively outclassed world champion Mathieu van der Poel.
You can see the winner of the Superprestige in Gavere and the Baby Giro at work in a week. Not in the field, but docking over the Flemish cobblestones in the shirt of Ineos Grenadiers.
Best thriller: Overijse
Wout van Aert impressively secured the overall victory in the World Cup in Overijse with a strong number in the Druivencross.
Mathieu van der Poel had to chase after a flat tire. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/from-stuntman-to-soundtrack-these-are-the-cyclo-cross-oscars-2020-2021-cyclocross.html
The Dutchman approached several times to a sigh of Wout van Aert’s wheel, but the Kempenaar refused to let that happen.
After a fantastic cross, Van Aert triumphed in Overijse and in the final classification of the World Cup. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/from-stuntman-to-soundtrack-these-are-the-cyclo-cross-oscars-2020-2021-cyclocross.html
The overall victory gave Belgium an extra participant in the World Cup.
Best short film: Daan Soete’s glasses at the BK
Daan Soete said goodbye to his glasses at the BK cyclocross after just 32 seconds.
The splashing gunk on the athletics track smeared the glasses of the 26-year-old rider. Even before the mob entered the field, he threw the glasses into the bushes.
The Polish Championship
A mud frenzy was an understatement for the Polish championship. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/from-stuntman-to-soundtrack-these-are-the-cyclo-cross-oscars-2020-2021-cyclocross.html
The riders sank up to their crotch in the mud, the track was impassable.
Roland Liboton and Roger De Vlaeminck could have enjoyed themselves again here!
Most beautiful setting: the beach of Ostend
The most beautiful images of the cyclocross season came from the highest stage: the World Championship in Ostend.
The riders plowed their way next to and through the North Sea. A lust for the eye.
Best stunt: Mathieu van der Poel on the bridge
It is not new that the Dutch are an acrobat on a bicycle. What he shook out of his click pedal on the steep bridge in Ostend, nevertheless dropped a few mouths again.
Best Soundtrack: Sporza World Cup List
Due to a lack of audience and the accompanying beer tent at the World Cup cyclocross, our editors decided to make a playlist with the best cross songs.
The home party list captured nearly 2,000 followers on Spotify in no time.
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