Mathieu van der Poel descends into the famed "pit" on the sand dunes of the Zonhoven World Cup. Crowds of fans line the barriers, which are padded to protect riders in crashes.

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Fem van Empel celebrates victory at World Cup Hoogerheide.

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Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, Michael Vanthourenhout and Tom Pidcock during CX World Cup Benidorm.

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The leaders of the elite men's race during UCI World Cup Zonhoven.

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Mathieu van der Poel tops a climb at the X2O Cyclocross Herentals. He's all alone, having gone solo on the first lap. The woods are dark and moody.

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Wout van Aert during a very wet and muddy Exact Cross Essen.

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Belgian national champion Sanne Cant rides around the famous huge troll statues during Superprestige Boom.

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Former world champion Lucinda Brand of Baloise Trek Lions takes a corner during CX World Cup Dublin, her legs and kit splashed with mud, an overcast sky overhead.

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Michael Vanthourenhout shown mirrored in a glass-walled building while racing at the CX World Cup in Maasmichelen.

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Thibau Nys thrusts his Trek cyclocross bike into the air after winning the opening round of the Cyclocross World Cup.

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