Cyclocross returns to the snow: favourites, how and when to watch the CX World Cup in Val di Sole
The snow will once again be the protagonist in the CX World Cup. The tenth round of the year will be held in Val di Sole and will have its main attraction in Van der Poel, in the absence of Van Aert and Pidcock. The fight for the overall will be the other hot point of the day.
Where and when to watch the 2022 Val di Sole CX World Cup
Please note that the race will be held on Saturday December 17th. It will therefore not be held on Sunday, the usual day for CX World Cup races.
For those lucky enough to attend, tickets are only on sale online at a price of 15 euros.
Timetable World Cup CX Val di Sole Saturday December 17th
- Women's Elite race at 13:00
- Men's Elite race at 14:30
Where to watch CX World Cup Val di Sole
The race will be available on the Eurosport app and on GCN.
The snow, judge and witness of the overall classification
With five races to go in the World Cup, every point is important for those fighting for the overall classification.
Sweek (266 points) is 17 points ahead of Iserbyt, who must find his early-season form again if he wants to win the title. Behind Vanthourenhout, the 41 points he has to make up will require him to drive perfectly between now and the end of the season.
The organisers are already working to turn the spectacular snowy landscape of the Val di Sole into a stage for the CX World Cup once again. The competition came to this corner of the Alps last year with the intention of demonstrating the potential of cyclo-cross as an Olympic sport at the Winter Olympics.
This year, Van der Poel is one of the favourites to cross the finish line in first position. He is already quite experienced after two victories in his two World Cup participations (Hulst and Antwerp), although he was absent in Dublin due to a team training camp.
However, this time the big absentees will be Van Aert and Pidcock. The Belgian is not expected to return to CX until the Exact Cross in Mol on December 23rd, while the British rider is on a 12-day break (which started after Dublin) to arrive with fresher legs for the busy Christmas schedule.
Van der Haar, another of this season's strong men, will not race this weekend as he is in training with his team.
On the other hand, the women's race will feature Van Empel and Pieterse, who, a priori, should be the favourites to fight for victory in a new duel between the two.