The 2016 season has continued to deliver on Wout van Aert’s pre-season promise:

“I want to spoil the fans with nice duels between Mathieu van der Poel and myself. Now that Sven Nys quit racing, I am convinced that Mathieu and I have a big role in keeping our sport attractive.” -Wout van Aert

The last three European races sure have delivered on that promise, with the lead change-filled Scheldecross (watch here), the Namur World Cup (watch here), and then Friday’s prime time thriller:

Superprestige Diegem: Van der Poel Shuts the Door on Van Aert

If you missed the race, watch the hour-long chess match between the two superpowers of cyclocross in the full race video below: