The Tour de Flanders is one of the few road races we love covering here at Cyclocross Magazine. Not only does it have a rich history but it’s practically a big-stone gravel race with a bit of asphalt thrown in. What’s not to love about watching fan-favorite cyclocross legends dominate in the road scene?

The moment we saw Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the start list, we knew we’d see them on the podium. The only question was who would emerge on top.

To call this race close would be a complete understatement. Van der Poel and Van Aert were glued to each other the entire time—if they weren’t side-by-side, they were drafting off each other.

The race ended in a sprint finish. Van der Poel led into the sprint but Van Aert began catching up quickly. Despite Van Aert’s efforts, Van der Poel crossed the finish line first.

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) rode an impressive race as well and finished third.

Here’s to hoping we see Van der Poel and Van Aert face off more in the future!