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Tom Pidcock: We can expect a good Mathieu van der Poel at the Hulst World Cup

Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) claimed his first cyclocross win in the rainbow jersey at the X20 Trofee Kortrijk on Saturday, but the world champion has little time to rest on his laurels. On Sunday he will face Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) for the first time this winter as the Dutchman begins his cyclocross campaign at the Hulst World Cup.

It remains to be seen how Van der Poel will perform on his first outing of the winter, given that even Pidcock himself needed a race to catch up last weekend. After placing seventh in his season debut at Superprestige Merksplas, Pidcock overcame mechanical problems to place second in the Overijse World Cup the following day.

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