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Gallery: The best images from the 2019 Cyclocross World Championships

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5 Feb 2019
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All the best photographs from Bogense, Denmark where the 2019 Cyclocross World Championships took place over the weekend

Words Jack Elton-Walters  Photography Chris Auld

Five rainbow jerseys were fought over and won during the 2019 Cyclocross World Championships in the Danish coastal town of Bogense over the weekend, where some nations stood out above the rest.

As always, it was the Dutch-speakers who dominated proceedings, with many of the medals and podium spots shared between the Netherlands and Belgium.

However, British riders made themselves known too, with wins in the Junior and U23 men's races and top 10s in the two women's races.

Photographer Chris Auld was on the ground in Denmark to capture the action from all fives races, and our top picks of his images can be viewed by scrolling through the gallery.

Cyclocross World Championships: Results

Junior men

1. Ben Tulett (GBR)  
2. Witse Meeussen (BEL)  
3. Ryan Cortjens (BEL)  

Britain's Ben Tulett successfully defended his title in the junior men's category on the opening race of proceedings, beating Belgium into second and third, a result another British rider would go on to emulate later in the day.

 

U23 men

1. Tom Pidcock (GBR)  
2. Eli Iserbyt (BEL)  
3. Antoine Benoist (FRA)  

Favourite for the race after a year in which he'd already won the European and National Championships, plus the World Cup, Tom Pidcock lived up to the billing once again.

A blistering attack saw Pidcock go clear of his chief rival Eli Iserbyt and from there his lead never look threatened. He rolled up the finish straight with time enough to wave a Union Flag over his head.

Despite being just 19-years-old, the British rider is looking to move up to Elite next season.

 

Elite women

1. Sanne Cant (BEL)  
2. Lucinda Brant (NED)  
3. Marianne Vos (NED)  

Despite having a huge numerical advantage, the Dutch women couldn't make it count and once again it was Belgium's Sanne Cant who pulled on the rainbow jersey. This makes it three in a row for Cant.

Even taking the other two steps on the podium will be of small comfort to such a strong Dutch team, and the riders in orange must surely be wondering how one of them didn't come away with the win.

 

U23 women

1. Inge van der Heijden (NED)  
2. Fleur Nagengast (NED)  
3. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (NED)  

Arguably one of the more exciting races of the weekend thanks to the fact that such a large group went into the final lap still together.

As it was, that group then split apart and the younger Dutch women did what their older compatriots couldn't by taking the jersey and the two lower steps on the podium.

Britain's Anna Kay put in an impressive ride to cross the line in fifth.

 

Elite men

1. Mathieu van der Poel (NED)  
2. Wout van Aert (BEL)  
3. Toon Aerts (BEL)  

Few would have bet on a different winner in the final race of the championships, but that doesn't make Mathieu van der Poel's ride any less deserving of praise.

Riding skilfully over the more technical parts of the course, in particular the tricky off-camber section that continuously proved troublesome for his rivals, the Dutchman showed just why he is the world's best male cyclocross rider.