These few weeks' have seen a lot of debate regarding the cyclocross calendar and how the riders feel about potential pressure from the UCI. Fatigue was something quoted as a reason for riders skipping World Cup races and Eli Iserbyt admits that it's starting to bite after month and a half of racing.
“Pfff… Just a little bit. Anyway. Of course it's part of it. Everyone has already competed in many races, so we are not complaining," Iserbyt told Wielerflits. This came off the back of his triumph in Troyes, his first World Cup win of the season, which has also led him to the lead of the cup, something which will most likely be a priority to the Belgian.
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Iserbyt has won all three cups in the past, the X20 Badkamers in the 2022-2023 season most recently. The likes of Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Tom Pidcock take over the competition at the World Championships, whilst he faces tough competition in the season-long competitions.
This season so far it is clicking however as he places himself as the main favourite for the World Cup and is also in the lead of the Superprestige. It will require consistency and constant presence in all these races to consolidate it however. As riders and coaches have recently said after David Lappartient's comments, it becomes hard to manage a cyclocross season with a schedule that is so heavily packed.