We had an idea that the season opener could be a wild one, but we didn't think it would shake out like this. After a perfect season, we thought the streak might continue. If anyone was going to be the man to end it, we thought Mathieu van der Poel might be that man. He was hungry, fit, and a bit pissed about the way his cross season ended. What we saw instead was a young gun fresh off a U23 world champion title get out front and take it to the champ. It was an impressive feat. Most thought that Nino was toying with Gaze, but when Gaze took the lead back in the final moments of the race, we knew things would be very interesting down the finish straight. What we didn't see coming was the pedal slip during the sprint, and like that the streak was over. It was an incredible way to start off the season. The race in the women's field was nothing short of phenomenal as well. Pauline Ferrand Prevot came out swinging after a long dry spell and duked it out with Annika Langvad who would eventually take the win. Malene Degn took her first World Cup win in the U23 Women and Petter Fagerhaug took his first win of the season for the U23 men.