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The fourth round of the 2019-2020 Telenet Superprestige played out on the fields of Ruddervoorde this past Sunday. The big story of the race was Mathieu van der Poel's return to cyclocross. The world champion skipped the opening race of the DVV Trofee in an effort to test his early season form on a slightly more docile course. As the day progressed however, van der Poel showed that his form is anything but lacking.
Scroll through to see images of the 2019 Superprestige Ruddervoorde from Cyclephoto's Balint Hamvas.
Mathieu van der Poel was the story of the day.
Sanne Cant is still searching for her season's first victory.
Katie Compton and Katie Keough were locked in a thrilling battle.
Katie Keough on the attack.
Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado was a force to be reckoned with in Ruddervoorde.
Alvarado on a mission.
A perfect Sunday in Belgium.
Abby Mae Parkinson claws her way through the field.
Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado after her winning ride.
It didn't take long for Mathieu van der Poel to find the front of the race.
Van der Poel spent the opening part of Ruddervoorde sitting back and studying Eli Iserbyt. However when it was time to go, he went.
Eli Iserbyt lets loose on a descent.
Laurens Sweeck came prepared to challenge van der Poel.
Van der Poel showed once again that he is simply on another level. The world champ is back.