Last year, Wout van Aert turned in a dominant performance at the Jingle Cross World Cup, overcoming a broken toe and a dropped chain to win the inaugural Iowa City World Cup. However, Mathieu van der Poel’s absence left fans feeling they maybe missed out on the opportunity to see one of the famed “beautiful duels” between Van Aert and his rival Mathieu van der Poel, who did not make the trip.

In 2017, U.S. cyclocross fans will certainly get their money’s worth from the Jingle Cross World Cup with Van der Poel deciding to give U.S. fans what they want this year. With Iowa City and Waterloo just three hours apart, the easier logistics of the Midwest World Cups have brought the Europeans over to the United States en masse.

Van Aert and Van der Poel head up an impressive Jingle Cross start list that includes the top 11 riders in the UCI rankings and 16 of the top 20. Not surprisingly, 11 of those 16 are Belgians, including Van Aert, fan favorite Kevin Pauwels, European champion Toon Aerts and young star Laurens Sweeck, who had an impressive ride in Iowa City last year. The Dutch contingent is headed up by Van der Poel, Corne van Kessel and Lars van der Haar, who missed the U.S. World Cups in 2016 because of an injury.

The 17-rider U.S. contingent is headed up defending national champion—and winner in the Rochester Cyclocross C1—Stephen Hyde. Hyde will be joined by Sunday’s Rochester winner Kerry Werner, Jamey Driscoll, Jeremy Powers, Tobin Ortenblad and a host of young riders led by Spencer Petrov. Michael van den Ham heads up a group of five Canadians, Ian Field will be representing Great Britain and Garry Millburn, who won one of the days at the Fields of Joy UCI race in Australia last month, is making the trip to the U.S. from Down Under.

See below for the full start list. Stay tuned to Cyclocross Magazine for full coverage of the Jingle Cross Festival and World Cup beginning on Friday.

Men's Start List - 2017 Jingle Cross World Cup

BibLastFirstNationalityUCI Rank
1van AertWoutBel1
2PauwelsKevinBel3
3SweeckLaurensBel4
4MeeusenTomBel6
5VanthourenhoutMichaelBel7
6AertsToonBel9
7MerlierTimBel14
8HermansQuintenBel15
9VermeerschGianniBel16
10AernoutsJimBel19
11AdamsJensBel20
12SoeteDaanBel29
13IserbytEliBel30
14BaestaensVincentBel32
15VanthourenhoutDieterBel34
16PeetersRobBel40
17SweeckDietherBel45
18BosmansWietseBel48
19AertsThijsBel49
20van der PoelMathieuNed2
21van KesselCorneNed5
22van der HaarLarsNed11
23GodrieStanNed42
24BorosMichaelCze17
25ChainelSteveFra27
26BouloMatthieuFra52
27HydeStephenUSA10
28OrtenbladTobinUSA28
29WhiteCurtisUSA31
30WernerKerryUSA33
31PowersJeremyUSA37
32DriscollJamesUSA46
33LivermonTravisUSA58
34DurrinJeremyUSA64
35KrughoffAllenUSA68
36KisseberthJackUSA72
37PetrovSpencerUSA82
38DillmanAndrewUSA84
39HechtGageUSA86
40ClarkAnthonyUSA88
41ChanceMaxxUSA91
42LindineJustinUSA93
43WillseyCooperUSA101
44van den HamMichaelCan59
45RicheyCraigCan158
46O'DonnellTrevorCan254
47ZandstraDerekCan261
48NilesIsaacCan497
49DinizNicholasCan
50RicciNicholasCan
51MeisenMarcelGer8
52NakazatoMasaruJpn
53FieldIanGBr39
54TreyJarnoEst502
55MillburnGarryAus124