First rider confirmations for the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup event in Benidorm
Three of cycling’s marquee stars have signed up for the first edition of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup – Benidorm Costa Blanca 2023. Reigning World champion Tom Pidcock has been the latest to confirm his participation on the Spanish event, while Dutch great Mathieu Van der Poel and Italian idol Silvia Persico did make their own announcements in late November.
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The aura and talents of Tom Pidcock (1999, Leeds – Great Britain) go well beyond the mud. At age 23, the Ineos Grenadiers rider is regarded as the multi-talented athlete par excellence – Olympic MTB champion, World Cyclo-cross champion, Tour de France stage winner on the road.
As versatile as Pidcock, Mathieu Van der Poel (1995, Kapellen – Belgium, yet Dutch national) has been catching eyes and imaginations since his early days. Owner of four rainbow CX jerseys, he has won no less than 28 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup events over his career. Away from the mud, the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider has won the Tour of Flanders twice and has been crowned as European MTB champion.
Silvia Persico (1997, Alzano Lombardo – Italy) enjoyed her breakthrough season as a rider in 2022. The current Italian national CX champion got herself two World bronze medals this year: one on cyclo-cross and one on the road. She is poised to take on the leadership of UAE Team ADQ as of January 1st.
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