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Koksijde round of UCI cyclocross World Cup cancelled due to high winds

Series resumes next week in Zeven

Organizers of Sunday’s round of the UCI cyclocross World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium, cancelled the races because of extreme high winds. First the U23 and Junior races were scrapped, before the decision was made to scrub the whole event. It’s the first World Cup cancellation in 14-years.

Storm Angus brought the chaos to the Dutch coast after lashing the south coast of the U.K. on Saturday. A tweet from Belgian rider Gianni Vermeersch illustrated the force of the storm.

Leader of the men’s side of the World Cup after winning the first two events in the U.S.A., Belgian Wout van Aert praised the organizers’ decision.

His main rival, Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, wasn’t so enthused about the move.

The irrepressible van der Poel biked the 200+-km home instead.

Riders must wait until next Saturday when round five in Zeven, Germany rolls. On Saturday Belgian Laurens Sweeck, second to van Aert in the points, took the Soudal Classics Hasselt, while compatriot Sanne Cant prevailed in the women’s race.