The Cyclocross season is in full steam between the seasoned pros, but in the upcoming weeks a new phase begins. The 'big three' will return to the field, and all three will take part in 6 different races. Here is where Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Tom Pidcock will match up.
All three have busy schedules on the road - and mountain biking with the exception of van Aert - and so all three take up reduced schedules in the discipline. Pidcock and van Aert specially, they will not race the World Championships as they look to focus on other goals throughout the season, whilst van der Poel will likely be the main favourite for the rainbow stripes.
OFFICIAL: Tom Pidcock skips Cyclocross World Championships - Confirmed schedule features 10 races; battles with Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert
After the two legends of the sport announced their schedules in the last few weeks, this Wednesday morning INEOS Grenadiers revealed Pidcock's. It includes 10 races, 6 of which he will face his two main rivals. Last year he won in Kortrijk and Boom but never directly beat his rivals. As most of his racing takes place in the Christmas block, he inevitably finds the duo.
These are the races in which the 'big three' will all take part in:
23/12: World Cup Antwerp
26/12: World Cup Gavere
30/12: World Cup Hulst
04/01: X20 Badkamers Trofee Koksijde
07/01: World Cup Zonhoven
21/01: World Cup Benidorm