If MVDP's back can hold up on a heavier course than today's, I don't see much to choose between the two favourites. Next week may be telling.There has been an element of choking for MVDP in previous Worlds in his home country. He came in as the red hot favorite twice and both times Van Aert beat him. Not just beat him, destroyed him.
Maybe not being the out and out favorite will actually help him this time.
I'm sure Mathieu must have enjoyed his first race in almost a month where he's not being booed.