What has happened to Michael Vantourenhout, who was among, or ahead of, these a few weeks ago? Injured, I assume, but I find almost no CX news between events.At the beginning of the season I definitely felt like something was off without the 3-big but as it progressed it has come to be a very fierce battle between foremostly Iserbyt - who is a very talented rider, Van der Haar - that I always liked and I’m happy to see getting a bit of a revival late in the career, Hermans - that possesses skill and endurance and finally Toon who probably is one of the most powerful riders aside the 3-big.
Latest races have been very tight and unpredictable which makes it interesting to watch and they push each other to their mental, technical and physical limits which is what is so great about cyclocross. Hopefully it will be hard for anyone else to beat these four riders even for MVDP and alikes
Good question. There isn't much, which is why I tend to go to Wielerflits for my CX news, The English speaking cycling journalists are still going over old ground about the past road season, or rambling about next season - all the while there is live cycling taking place....but they ignore it. Just like they ignore MTB, and we have both an Olympic & World XCO Champion.Is there a reliable, English (I could cope if it were Spanish) that has CX news that I could add to my daily browse of the net?
According to his team twitter, Vanthourenhout has been sick in the last weekend. If I jadn't seen that then I'd be in the same position as you, as I don't remember the GCN commentary mentioned his absence at all. Which they probably should have done considering he is in 5th in the overall. I don't know where he was but 4 podiums in the first six world cups probably would mean he was either 3rd or 4th.What has happened to Michael Vantourenhout, who was among, or ahead of, these a few weeks ago? Injured, I assume, but I find almost no CX news between events.
Is there a reliable, English (I could cope if it were Spanish) that has CX news that I could add to my daily browse of the net?
Another weekend, and another double header; I always wonder why you'd race the day before a World Cup. (unless the World Cup isn't your No1 priority) The Urban Cross in Kortrijk.
Tomorrow the World Cup in Besancon, France - will be interesting to see what the course is like.
Yeah, on the gcn app it's just a 15 min video of the womens podium, some "scenic" shots and interviews with riders and Wout van Aert that you can't even hear. Plus there was no sound for the first lap or so in the womens raceDon't know what's happened to the men's coverage.......not good enough, again.
Looks like a typical french course, with lots of wide sections, changes in elevation, cambers. I don't quite understand why the start is part way round rather than on the finish straight, other than the massive bolder after the course leaves the asphalt. However, I'd assume that'll be removed.
I haven't quite grasped why people and various media keep referring to Pidcock as one of the "big three" or "king of cross" seeing as he has only ever won 1 international elite CX race... Granted, he has some podium positions, but during last year's season he was not very close to MVDP on most occasions.I must say that I've quite enjoyed most of the CX races up to this point. I'm a big fan of Mathieu, Wout and Tom, but there's less excitement for the win when they're there. Especially van der Poel who started winning straight away last year.
With that being said, the way Tom rode last season does give me some hope that it will be a battle of the titans between the "big three". I hope that Iserbyt can make it the "big four", but he has disappointed whenever the moment presented itself. Let's see what happens.
Pidcock has had a steeper development curve than all of the other CX riders apart from WvA and MVDP. He beat all of the Belgians squarely in the WC 2020 in Dubendorf and he is one of the few that has been able to put MVDP under pressure. Add his Road and MTB palmares and it is easy to see why he brings more interest than the likes of Aerts, Van der Haar and Iserbyt.I haven't quite grasped why people and various media keep referring to Pidcock as one of the "big three" or "king of cross" seeing as he has only ever won 1 international elite CX race... Granted, he has some podium positions, but during last year's season he was not very close to MVDP on most occasions.
I am much more excited about how Toon Aerts, Lars Van der Haar, Iserby etc. will fare against MVDP when he comes back, as watching the races without MVDP significantly changes the dynamic of the races and makes it hard to evaluate the level. Will they be crushed or has the general level in CX improved during MVDP's absence from the throne?