DAY TWO: Tricky steps get carpet fitted
THE wooden steps that saw a couple of slips in yesterday's Under-23 men's race - the most dangerous of which was Thomas Mein's - have been covered in white carpet ahead of today's races. In the heavy rain the wooden treads of the staircase had become as slippery as ice.
According to Sporza: "To counter the negative comments on the staircase, we put a carpet on it," organiser Rik Debeaussart said. "About a thousand riders passed there yesterday and only two fell. Zdenek Stybar also told me it was completely safe and that was part of cyclocross."
"We did not receive a comment from the UCI, but we have put carpet on the stairs anyway."
This page has been updated with Worlds stories throughout the week (below).
DAY ONE: Double Dutch as defending champions are beaten
ON the first day of the 2020-21 World Championships it was the Netherlands who captured both gold medals. Pim Ronhaar and Lucinda Brand were best over the tough Ostend course as both defending champions (Kamp and Alvarado) were beaten. You can watch both races here: https://bit.ly/3pAFiYd<
FRIDAY 29th JANUARY: MVDP happy after Pre-ride
DEFENDING Elite men's champion Mathieu van der Poel rode the Ostend course yesterday and came away satisfied with the course.
"The section over the bridge and on the beach will be extremely difficult. The second half on the race course is a bit more technical. There are turns after turns, but you are not going to make the difference there," Van der Poel told Sporza.
When asked whether the course favoured himself or Wout van Aert, the Dutchman replied: "It is certainly a course where we can both do our thing. On the horse racing track I have the advantage, the bridge and the beach will be better for Wout. The beach is treacherous. It is possible to quickly gain an advantage of 20 seconds, but you can also lose 20 the next lap. It is important to remain calm."
"The course has pleasantly surprised me. It doesn't get muddy here and I also like to race in the sand," Van der Poel concluded.
THURSDAY 28th JANUARY: Curtis White Course Pre-ride
AMERICAN Curtis White takes and talks us around the Ostend course finding "a nice mix of heavy sand, flyovers, and fast and flowing turns. This is before the rain hits, so I'm enjoying my file treads."
WEDNESDAY 27th JANUARY: Official Entry Lists
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Aussie Haussler will race on Sunday
AUSTRALIAN Tour and Vuelta stage winner Heinrich Haussler has been named by Australia for the World Championship on Sunday. Team Bahrain's Haussler has raced a number of 'cross races recently with the 2021 road season in mind.
"It's really addictive. Cyclocross demands a lot from your body and I love that," Haussler told Sporza.
"The benefits you get from the cross are enormous," added the Australian. "Next month I'll turn 37. As you get older, you lose strength and explosiveness. Those are qualities you need in the Classics and the sprints and cyclocross is the ideal way to make up for that.