Dutch star would need to clear more rounds of controls ahead of Saturday's race.
Mathieu van der Poel was set to wear the leader's jersey in the stage 2 time trial.
Coronavirus returns to the race in a throwback to last year's shuttered Emirati event.
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A new sense of urgency underscores the opening races of 2021.
Dutch cross-discipline maestro wins from small group after crosswinds battered a day of echelon racing.
VN news ticker: Expectations sky-high for Tadej Pogačar at UAE Tour; Mathieu van der Poel to keep it low-key in the Emirates
Here's the news making headlines on Sunday, February 21.
Belgian star expects to retire 'behind closed doors' and says riders are missing the energy and thrills that come with fans cheering them on.
The Amstel Gold Race is preparing for a race behind closed doors this April on a circuit of around 18 kilometres.
Greg Van Avermaet says dynamic duo 'are the main players now' in the spring classics.
A mountain bike so clearly intended to win World Cups that it carries a number of significant compromises for the recreational racer.
Mathieu van der Poel took home his fourth world title this weekend on the beaches of Oostend but the 26-year-old Dutchman is already looking ahead to what next season will bring. His team Alpecin-Fenix receives an invite to the Tour de France as best scoring ProTeam of 2020 but Van der Poel is unsure if he will ride all the way to the Champs Elysées, he tells Wielerflits. The Olympic mountain bike race is top of his mind this summer.
Clashes with Van Aert set to continue as Dutch cyclocross master begins inevitable pivot toward road racing.
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The Dutch took home all four rainbow jerseys from a sandy CX Worlds in Oostende, Belgium.
Triple world champion rolls back the years with resolute ride into 18th at Ostende.
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Wout van Aert settles for second after being unable to overcome a front puncture.
Van Aert chooses to play underdog ahead of cyclocross world championship clash despite history of success on similar courses.
How fans in the U.S. and Canada can watch this weekend's 2021 UCI cyclocross world championships in Ostende, Belgium.
This weekend's cyclocross world championships will add fresh vigor to the duo's long rivalry ahead of cobblestone clashes in April.
Defending champion has scouted the worlds' course and says he's not concerned by Wout van Aert's strong record on beachy circuits.
Here's a full preview of this weekend's racing, from the curveball sandy course to the American challengers and a broadcaster guide.
Australian veteran will be racing the 'cross worlds Sunday with long view on the classics: 'For the classics, cyclocross is the best preparation. You see that with Mathieu and Wout.'
Outbreak of new variant of COVID-19 in host city puts this weekend's worlds at risk of closure.
Wout van Aert and Lucinda Brand wrap up World Cup overall with world championships approaching next weekend.
Two world champions take victories in first of a pair of warm-up races ahead of the 2021 world championships next weekend.
Tadej Pogačar, Mathieu van der Poel and Filippo Ganna also headline star-studded startlist for February race.
Frenchman throwing full focus into classics campaign before contemplating Tour de France, Olympics and worlds.
There was A LOT of cyclocross racing through the holidays, and the world championships are now just three races away. Here's what we learned from the festive 'cross calendar.
Van der Poel unstoppable after going solo from second lap, Betsema betters Lucinda Brand and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado.
Van der Poel and Vas both dominate in races that saw reduced start sheets ahead of Sunday's World Cup round in Hulst.
Alpecin-Fenix doubles up at X20 Trofee Baal.
Team interests in sending strong lineups to the big-budget Tour could see riders forced to sacrifice Games ambitions.
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Reduced startsheet saw Van Aert, Pidcock, Brand, del Carmen Alvarado all sit out the Belgian race.
Reports of a pre-Games quarantine would complicate a Tour de France or Giro Rosa start for Olympic-bound cyclists.
Belgian supremo increasing his focus on road racing despite years-long cyclocross rivalry with Mathieu van der Poel.
Olympic Games will remain center of 2021 season for Dutch superstar.
Organizers defend their decision to push on with the waterlogged Dendermonde race that saw some riders thriving and some just surviving.
Racing played out on a stormswept course with axle-deep mud and standing water that left riders sinking knee-deep into swampy grass.
Chaotic men's race takes several contenders out of contention in opening laps while women's race comes down to tight five-way battle.
Van Aert hoping there's more success to come as further clashes with Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Pidcock loom on the horizon.
Jay Vine earned a contract with Alpecin-Fenix having believed his chances of racing into the pro ranks were doomed by COVID.
Lucinda Brand, Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado, Wout van Aert all sat out the race ahead of the X20 Trofee race Wednesday.
What we learned from the opening ‘cross clash between Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, Tom Pidcock
Here are five takeaways from the first big-name battle ahead of the January world championships.
Van der Poel wins much-hyped battle with Wout van Aert and Tom Pidcock; U.S. national champ Clara Honsinger takes breakout second-place in women's race.
Are the discipline's two biggest stars too dominant in both the racing and the reporting of cyclocross?
Young Brit Pidcock outclasses Mathieu van der Poel to take biggest elite win of career, Brand beats Denise Betsema to reverse Saturday's result.
Mathieu van der Poel takes victory in ‘cross season debut at Scheldecross, Denise Betsema wins women’s race
Van der Poel parachutes into middle of season to win first race back on the 'cross bike, Betsema breaks Lucinda Brand's long winning streak.
Mathieu van der Poel has an ambitious 2021 racing calendar that targets the biggest events in three disciplines.
We take a deep dive into the numbers from the unprecedented 2020 racing season.
Van der Poel to return to 'cross racing this weekend; first clash with Wout van Aert likely to come the following Sunday.
Don't expect to see fans lining the course, or crowding the pits in Ostend, Belgium on January 30 - 31.
Next season could top everything that Mathieu van der Poel missed out on in 2020.
After years of focus on cyclocross, the Belgian squad's new signings and rider preferences mark a quiet transition toward the tarmac.
Cross-discipline duo have been fierce rivals for longer in cyclocross than they have been on the road. With a narrow defeat at Tour of Flanders fresh in the memory, Van Aert is braced for more as 'cross season kicks off.
Retired Swiss great spoke with VeloNews about Filippo Ganna's classics ambitions and the red-hot rivalry between Wout van Aert and Matthieu van der Poel.
Yves Lampaert led a Deceuninck–Quick-Step rout at Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne amid blustery conditions. The swirling winds blew Mathieu van der Poel into a ditch.
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The Tour of Flanders came down to a dramatic sprint between Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel. In the final push to the line, van der Poel was fastest.
Julian Alaphilippe crashed after tangling with a race motorcycle at the Tour of Flanders.
Julian Alaphilippe leads Deceuninck–Quick-Step's powerhouse squad at Sunday's Tour of Flanders.
This year's Tour of Flanders has plenty of storylines to follow, from the race's prohibition of fans, to the debut of Romain Bardet and Julian Alaphilippe, to the heated rivalry between Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel.
Van Aert accuses his long-time rival of ruining both their chances of victory after the pair marked each other out in the final of Gent-Wevelgem.
Mads Pedersen said that Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel marked each other in the thrilling finale to Gent-Wevelgem. As the two men eyed each other, Pedersen escaped to take a much-deserved win.
Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert said the cancelation of Paris-Roubaix shifts more importance to Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.
Here's all you need to know about one of the toughest one-day races of the year, from the crosswinds, dirt roads and cobbled climbs of the course to the ways to watch it live.
Julian Alaphilippe won Wednesday's De Brabantse Pijl, finishing just inches ahead of Mathieu van der Poel.
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Overnight GC leader Mads Pedersen tumbles off final podium, with Stefan Küng and Søren Kragh Andersen securing second and third overall.
Dutchman has gotten his legs back after feeling overcooked and off the pace in summer's races.
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Sagan to decide in Paris whether he will race Imola route ideal for climbers.
Dutchman attacked from chase group in final kilometer to catch and distance lone escapee Matteo Fabbro
Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Mathieu van der Poel and Vincezo Nibali line up for eight-stage Italian race Monday.
The 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico will challenge riders with more than 15,000 meters of vertical elevation gain, as well as offer sprinters and rouleurs multiple chances for wins.