Van der Poel gives a masterclass at Brussels Universities

Dutchman beats Aerts and Vanthourenhout with ease

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) gave another masterclass in cyclo-cross racing and took his 101st major victory in the seventh race of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series in the campus grounds of Brussels University on Sunday.

It was his 23rd victory of the cyclo-cross season, and University officials gave him a square academic cap as a winner’s hat.

With world champion Wout van Aert opting to race in Brittany, France, Van der Poel faced little opposition on the technical-but-fast course. He made sure he lead the pack into an early descent through the trees and opened a gap on his rivals during the first lap.

Telenet-Fidea’s Toon Aerts and Lars van der Haar, and Marlux-Bingoal pair Michael Vanthourenhout and Eli Iserbyt, tried to hold onto Van der Poel’s wheel but lost ground on every technical section and with every acceleration.

Van der Poel’s win kept going, and his 45-second winning margin on Aerts extended his lead in the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series.

Van der Poel slowed in the final part of the race as he saved his legs and played with his riding technique.

Vanthourenhout fought off the other riders to take third at 58 seconds, with Van der Haar fourth at 1:07.

Former cyclo-cross world champion Lars Boom (Roompot-Charles) tested his form in the mud but was lapped by Van der Poel before the end of the hour of racing.

US rider Kerry Werner impressed the local crowd by riding the long series of steps.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus1:03:33 
2Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:00:45 
3Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:00:58 
4Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions0:01:07 
5Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:01:20 
6Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:01:31 
7Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions0:01:51 
8Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:02:34 
9Gioele Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia - Guerciotti - Elite0:03:14 
10Michael Boroš (Cze) Creafin Tüv Sud0:03:18 
11Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:03:21 
12Stan Godrie (Ned) Team Charles0:04:38 
13Sascha Weber (Ger)0:05:00 
14Kerry Werner (USA)0:05:22 
15Curtis White (USA)1 lap 
16Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal1 lap 
17Florian Trigo (Fra)1 lap 
18Lars Boom (Ned) Team Charles2 laps 
19Xandro Meurisse (Bel)3 laps 
20Jens Teirlinck (Bel)3 laps 
21Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Creafin Tüv Sud4 laps 
22Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)4 laps 
23Senne De Meyer (Bel)4 laps 
24Yelle Leaerts (Bel)4 laps 
25Tyler Cloutier (USA)4 laps 
26Josh Bauer (USA)5 laps 
27Peter Olejniczak (USA)5 laps 
DNFDavid Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus  
DNFMarcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon - Circus  

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