We have made it back to the snowy fields of Val Di Sole, Italy. This year’s expected to be just as cold, if not colder, so the riders are going to have to buckle up for Old Man Winter.
Italy however is a bit far from the cyclocross center in Belgium and The Netherlands, so a few riders will unfortunately not be attending.
2022 Dublin winner Fem van Empel (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal) and runner-up Puck Pieterse (Alpecin – Deceuninck) will be attending the race. However, 2022 Dublin podium Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal) will be skipping this one.
It’s pretty weird these days to see just four Dutch women take the start of a UCI Cyclocross World Cup, but if you’re not in contention for the title, you may not be motivated to make the long trip.
Here’s a shout-out to all the North Americans attending the race.
Three Americans will be attending the race:
- Caitlin Bernstein (Nice Bikes)
- Taylor Kuyk-White (Nice Bikes)
- Corey Coogan Cisek
And two Canadians will be joining the Americans for the frosty trip.
- Sidney Mcgill
- Maghalie Rochette
Check out last year’s dramatic race in the snow.
Those looking for a Big Three showdown will have to be patient. It looks like Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) will not be defending his title and last year’s podium Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) will also be skipping, while Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin Deceuninck) will look to take stay undefeated in his World Cup participation this season.
2022 Beekse Bergen winner and World Cup leader Laurens Sweeck (Crelan – Fristads) will still be attending.
Cameron Jette will be the only Canadian tackling the snowfields. Unfortunately, no Americans will be joining him.2022-Cyclocross-World-Cup-Val-Di-Sole-Trentino-Italy-Elite-Men
Check out last year’s results.