For the third time in a row, Mathieu van der Poel has won the Cyclocross World Cup in Namur. And he has done so after a spectacular battle with the two fittest rivals of the moment, the young British rider Tom Pidcock and his arch-rival Wout van Aert.
The World Cup in Namur 2020 witnessed another epic fight between Van der Poel and Van Aert, but that fight was only for second place until lap 7. The young Pidcock led the race alone until then, and even seemed to "play" with his rivals at times as he allowed himself to maintain a comfortable lead and only accelerated when Van der Poel tried to reach him.
However, Pidcock's efforts took their toll in the final laps and Van der Poel and Van Aert were able to overtake him with some ease on lap eight.
It was on lap eight that Van Aert first overtook Pidcock, where Van der Poel launched a final attack from third position and managed to reach the finish line with a 3 second lead over Van Aert and 11 seconds over Pidcock.