The young Dutch rider has competed in only four cyclo-cross world championships but he has already scored three world titles. This was his first world championship in the elite´s race and during his premiere he won in a one-man show. The second place went to another young rider Wout van Aert from Belgium and Lars van der Haar took third.
Michael Vanthourenthout is really successful in competing on the Czech soil. He became an European champion in Mladá Boleslav in 2013, and now he has conquered the most desired title. The Belgian champion Laurens Sweeck finished second and the third place went to Netherlands thanks to Stan Godrie. The first Czech rider who crossed the finish line was Jakub Skála in 7th position then followed by Vojtěch Nipl in 11th place.
The women´s race saw one of the most dramatic battle for the world title as the crowds had to wait until the final sprint to see the new cyclo-cross champion. The French rider Pauline Ferrand-Prevot grabbed the victory ahead of Sanne Cant from Belgium. The Czech strong contender for gold Kateřina Nash fell down a several times in the final lap and could not fight for the third place that eventually took the Dutch defending champion Marianne Vos.
The Danish rider Simon Andreasse has become the first cyclo-cross world champion in Tábor. The last time when Denmark celebrated a world title was 22 years ago. There was a dramatic battle for the second place behind Simon. Eventually, it was the Belgian winner of the World Cup Series Eli Iserbyt who finished second and the Dutch rider Max Gulicks came in third place. The American rider Gag Hecht had to settle for the unpopular fourth position after his chain had dropped in the finishing straight.