European cyclocross champs Sanne Cant and Mathieu van der Poel win fourth round of the UCI CX World Cup in Bogense, Denmark.

The two European cyclocross champions came out on top Sunday in the fourth round of the UCI cyclocross World Cup, as Sanne Cant won the women’s race and Mathieu van der Poel won the men’s event in Bogense, Denmark.

It was a preview of the 2019 world cyclocross championships to be held at the seaside Danish venue. Riders faced a muddy track with exceptionally steep, short hills. The weather was less severe, however — clear with a strong wind blowing off the water.

“It was a bit of a pity that all the descent sections were running now, I prefer to ride it but I think the safest and the fastest option was to run today,” said van der Poel.

Despite a dropped chain on the final lap, Cant (Beobank-Corendon) held off Helen Wyman (Kona) to win her second World Cup of the season. American Kaitie Keough ( finished third.

Mathieu van der Poel
Mathieu van der Poel won his fourth World Cup in a row at Bogense, Denmark. Photo: Tim De Waele |

Van der Poel, also on the Beobank-Corendon team, continued his remarkable run of wins at the elite level this season.

“It’s amazing to win my fourth World Cup in a row,” he said after riding alone to victory.

Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea) rode with the Dutchman for the first half of the race but faded as van der Poel applied the pressure.

World champion Wout van Aert (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) caught Aerts with a few laps remaining. On the final circuit, it looked like Aerts had the upper hand after hopping the course’s barriers while van Aert opted to run.

However, van Aert pulled even with Aerts thanks to superior handling skills on the descents and out-sprinted him to take second place.

The UCI cyclocross World Cup continues November 25 in Zeven, Germany.

Men’s results

Women’s results