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Watch: Dog breaks into cyclocross race, chases riders

Van der Poel, Pidcock and the rest are given an extra obstacle at Druivencross

Joe Robinson
16 Dec 2019

Mathieu van der Poel losing a cyclocross race for the first time in 408 days was not the sport's most unusual incident this weekend. While the World Champion standing second on a podium was a sight for sore eyes, it was an excitable dog 24 hours later at Druivencross that really made the headlines.

Halfway through the race in Overijse, Belgium the likes of Van der Poel, Tom Pidcock and Eli Iserbyt were exchanging blows across the start/finish line when a young puppy found itself straying onto the course.

While the riders continue to race full gas, the sound of buzzing freehubs and ringing cowbells make the dog become even jumpier as he begins to run down the course.

As the dog chases a group of three riders down the road, including Belgian champion Toon Aerts, a series of spectators attempt to catch the dog but to no avail, leading to a scene that would not have been out of place in The Benny Hill Show.

In fact, one rider is even brought to a standstill as the nipping canine tries to familiarise himself even further.

Thankfully, that rider managed to remount while others swerved out of the dog's path.

Eventually, the dog was caught and removed from the course as Van der Poel returned to winning ways, beating Pidcock and Quinten Hermans to the line.