Wout Van Aert wins Schaal Sels

Cyclo-cross world champion escapes to win, Dupont, Steels round out podium

Wout Van Aert showcased the skills that secured the 2016 'cross world championship title on the challenging Schaal Sels parcours to secure a second road victory of the season for his Crelan-Vastgoedservice squad. The 21-year-old Belgian attacked in the closing kilometres of the cobble and gravel road UCI 1.1 race to take the victory, 15 seconds ahead of Timothy Dupont (Veranda's Willems) and Stijn Steels (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise).

"Now I will again be asked whether I would be better road racer but I've already made my choice," Van Aert told Het Nieuwsblad. "I want to shine in the coming weeks back in my rainbow jersey. I will do my cyclocross season. This victory is a good sign. It is a sign that my form is ready to go into the field and I want to shine again.

"People start to watch me more and more in road races. Today I was even regarded as the top favourite. That's why I waited as long as possible to ride away. I knew it had to be done on the last gravel section that was just about five kilometers from the finish line."

The race took its toll on the peloton with just 46 finishers compared to 99 DNF's and two DNS'.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team4:51:20 
2Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:00:15 
3Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
4Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect Elites  
5Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
6Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
7Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:18 
8Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Cibel-Cebon0:01:56 
9Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Cyclingteam Join-S / De Rijke Elites0:01:57 
10Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect0:02:04 
11Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:05:55 
12Mihkel Räim (Est) Cycling Academy Team Elites  
13Sjoerd Kouwenhoven (Ned) Metec Tkh Continental Cycling Team p/b Mantel  
14Wesley Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:05:59 
15Gerry Druyts (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team0:06:12 
16Michael Reihs (Den) Stölting Service Group  
17Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Superano Ham - Isorex  
18Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
19Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction  
20Fraser Gough (NZl) Avanti Isowhey Sport Elites  
21Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
22Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
23Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Cyclingteam Join-S / De Rijke Elites  
24Michel Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
25Mark McNally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
27Laurent Evrard (Bel) Team 3M  
28Thomas Joseph (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
29Sven Reutter (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
30Alexander Geuens (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
31Tijmen Eising (Ned) Metec Tkh Continental Cycling Team p/b Mantel  
32Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins Elites  
33Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
34Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
35Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
36Josef Cerny (Cze) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
37Robert Partridge (GBr) Nfto Elites0:06:19 
38Martin Mortensen (Den) One Pro Cycling0:06:21 
39Marcel Meisen (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
40Julien Van Den Brande (Bel) Veranclassic-Ago0:06:24 
41Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team0:06:40 
42Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec  
43Kelly Jake (GBr) Team Wiggins Elites0:07:08 
44Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:07:21 
45Frederique Robert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
46Dale Appleby (GBr) Nfto Elites  
DNFDan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team Elites  
DNFEli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
DNFJelle Cant (Bel) Era - Murprotec  
DNFKevin Cant (Bel) Era - Murprotec  
DNFDiether Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec  
DNFMichael Boros (Cze) Era - Murprotec  
DNFJulien Taramarcaz (Swi) Era - Murprotec  
DNFAndrew Tennant (GBr) Team Wiggins Elites  
DNFSamuel Lowe (GBr) Team Wiggins Elites  
DNFMichael O'Loughlin (Irl) Team Wiggins Elites  
DNFDaniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins Elites  
DNFIan Bibby (GBr) Nfto Elites  
DNFEdmund Bradbury (GBr) Nfto Elites  
DNFJacob Scott (GBr) An Post - Chain Reaction  
DNFLiam Stones (GBr) Nfto Elites  
DNFYorben Van Tichelt (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
DNFAimé Degendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFRoy Goldstein (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFJonas Tenbrock (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
DNFDaniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team Elites  
DNFAviv Yechzkel (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFLiam Aitcheson (NZl) Avanti Isowhey Sport Elites  
DNFSean Lake (Aus) Avanti Isowhey Sport Elites  
DNFLuke Mudgway (NZl) Avanti Isowhey Sport Elites  
DNFNeil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Isowhey Sport Elites  
DNFMathew Zenovich (NZl) Avanti Isowhey Sport Elites  
DNFJasper Bovenhuis (Ned) An Post - Chain Reaction Elites  
DNFOliver Kent-Spark (Aus) An Post - Chain Reaction Elites  
DNFJonathan McEvoy (GBr) Nfto Elites  
DNFRoman Kustadinchev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFBerden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFJohnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFKenny De Haes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFYanto Barker (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
DNFMatthew Harley Goss (Aus) One Pro Cycling  
DNFJoshua Hunt (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
DNFSebastian Lander (Den) One Pro Cycling  
DNFSteele von Hoff (Aus) One Pro Cycling  
DNFEryk Laton (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFDieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
DNFGrzegorz Stepniak (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFKevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
DNFRoman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFAlexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFSergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFYannick Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFVincent Baestaens (Bel) Beobank - Corendon  
DNFWietse Bosmans (Bel) Beobank - Corendon Elites  
DNFAdam Toupalik (Cze) Beobank - Corendon Elites  
DNFDavid Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank - Corendon  
DNFPhilipp Walsleben (Ger) Beobank - Corendon Elites  
DNFDaan Hoeyberghs (Bel) Beobank - Corendon  
DNFAngelo De Clercq (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
DNFOmer Goldshtein (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFTomasz Kiendys (Pol) Ccc Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFKenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Superano Ham - Isorex  
DNFArjen Livyns (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
DNFJari Verstraeten (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
DNFKevin Verwaest (Bel) Superano Ham - Isorex  
DNFPiotr Havik (Ned) Team 3M Elites  
DNFJelle Goderis (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFJimmy Janssens (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFEmiel Vermeulen (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFJerome Kerf (Bel) Team 3M Elites  
DNFRasmus Guldhammer (Den) Stölting Service Group  
DNFAlex Kirsch (Lux) Stölting Service Group  
DNFThomas Koep (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
DNFMassimo Vanderaerden (Bel) Veranclassic-Ago  
DNFJetse Bol (Ned) Cyclingteam Join-S / De Rijke Elites  
DNFFelix Drumm (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFChristophe Masson (Fra) Veranclassic-Ago  
DNFHendrik Hamm (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFKobus Hereijgers (Ned) Cyclingteam Join-S / De Rijke Elites  
DNFFrederik Dombrowski (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto Elites  
DNFTobias Knaup (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto Elites  
DNFRobert Retschke (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto Elites  
DNFJohim Ariesen (Ned) Metec Tkh Continental Cycling Team p/b Mantel  
DNFStefan Kreder (Ned) Metec Tkh Continental Cycling Team p/b Mantel  
DNFDries Hollanders (Bel) Metec Tkh Continental Cycling Team p/b Mantel  
DNFDamien Shaw (Irl) An Post - Chain Reaction Elites  
DNFDaan Meijers (Ned) Cyclingteam Join-S / De Rijke Elites  
DNFWouter Mol (Ned) Cyclingteam Join-S / De Rijke Elites  
DNFRobbie Van Bakel (Ned) Metec Tkh Continental Cycling Team p/b Mantel  
DNFJimmy Duquennoy (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFJulien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Veranclassic-Ago Elites  
DNFWim Reynaerts (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFEmiel Wastyn (Bel) An Post - Chain Reaction  
DNFBenjamin Verraes (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFYannick Mayer (Ger) Veranclassic-Ago Elites  
DNFDimitri Peyskens (Bel) Veranclassic-Ago  
DNFTim De Troyer (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team  
DNFJelle Donders (Bel) Superano Ham - Isorex  
DNFGlenn Rotty (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFJorden Bothuyne (Bel) Superano Ham - Isorex  
DNSMathias Depypere (Bel) Superano Ham - Isorex  
DNSGregory Habeaux (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect   
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