The young Dutch prodigy who has achieved success both on the road, on mountain bikes and obviously in cyclo-cross, his heart discipline, will aim for a third consecutive title after his victories over his compatriot Lars Van der Haar in Tabor in the Republic. Czech in 2017, and his eternal rival Wout Van Aert in Rosmalen in the Netherlands in 2018. The Belgian Jumbo-Visma will be absent in Italy, still recovering since his fall on the Tour de France.
But the competition for Mathieu Van der Poel will still come from the side of the Belgians who will bet on the man in the form of the moment, the leader of the World Cup Eli Iserbyt, as well as the national champion of Belgium Toon Aerts. But on a ground that announces muddy, Mathieu Van der Poel appears again untouchable.