Preview: Technical Skills At A Premium In 2021 Hulst UCI Cyclocross World Cup
Michael Sheehan and Jonny Sundt look ahead to this weekend's UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Hulst.
Hulst is a historic fortified city in the Netherlands with deep Flemish ties. The course is riddled with challenging technical features, from off cambers to sudden and steep changes in elevation. With no shortage of features waiting to trip riders up, the course will test riders technical abilities around every corner.
Clear skies are expected on race weekend, so the fourth round of the 2020-2021 UCI Cyclocross World Cup should be a refreshing change from the ordeal of Dendermonde.
Defending champion Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado will be on the start line, but in she has struggled to contend with the power of Lucinda Brand and Clara Honsinger in the last two rounds of the World Cup. The technical course should however suit the Dutch rider particularly well.
In the men's race, look for Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert to continue their rivalry this weekend. Van Aert was superior in the mud of Dendermonde, but van der Poel's smooth riding earned him the victory in Namur.
Defending Champion Eli Iserbyt is on the preliminary startlist, but his participation is in doubt as he continues to recover from a crash in Zolder.
Tune in live to watch the Hulst World Cup on Sunday January 3rd, 2021!