Van der Poel cruises to victory in Koksijde

Hermans and Budding second and third

Dutch ace Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) continued his winning streak in the junior men’s category this season by taking his 13th victory of the season at the Cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde. On the same sand course where he captured the world championship title back in January, Van der Poel slaughtered the opposition in the third World Cup round of the season.

“It’s going well,” Van der Poel said. “I took a good start and rode a quick first lap. I tried to make sure the gap grew straight away.”

Once again Quinten Hermans (Belgium) was best of the rest, 1:35 behind the winner. Martijn Budding (Netherlands) joined his compatriot van der Poel on the podium, finishing two minutes later.

Van der Poel thus strengthens his lead in the World Cup, holding the maximum of 180 points after three rounds. Hermans lies second overall with 150 points. Budding and Logan Owen (USA) are tight in third place with 115 points. “Fifth isn’t great but on the course that suits me worst of all it’s not bad,” Owen said of his showing in Koksijde.

After the first lap, van der Poel had twenty seconds on first chaser Hermans, with Owen confirming his good results by riding in third position. “They tried to make me chase van der Poel early on but it’s not up to me to do that,” Owen told Cyclingnews. The American faded back to fifth place during the second lap with Budding and Yannick Peeters (Belgium) leaving him behind. “I was unable to use all gears but didn’t want to switch bikes as it was too fast at the pit,” Owen said. Nicolas Cleppe (Belgium) put the pressure on Owen for fifth place, nearly catching up after the third lap.

Meanwhile, after his super fast first lap, van der Poel shifted back although he was still clocking steadily fast lap times while his rivals kept going slower. “A couple of times I got frustrated with myself because some passages didn’t go too well. It’s a challenge to be up there every time,” van der Poel said after grabbing his thirteenth consecutive win.

The positions in the top 6 remained the same from the third lap on until the finish after six laps of racing in the Koksijde dunes. The battle for seventh place was fought out between a group of seven riders, including Curtis White (USA). “I felt really good early on but paced myself because I felt I was probably overdoing it. In the final lap I attacked the group but bobbled. I caught back on but didn’t have anything left for the finale,” White told Cyclingnews, shortly after finishing tenth in Koksijde.

Full Results
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Netherlands0:45:17 
2Quinten Hermans (Bel) Belgium0:01:35 
3Martijn Budding (Ned) Netherlands0:02:02 
4Yannick Peeters (Bel) Belgium0:02:41 
5Logan Owen (USA) United States0:02:57 
6Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Belgium0:03:10 
7Karel Pokorny (Cze) Czech Republic0:03:33 
8Kobe Goossens (Bel) Belgium0:03:36 
9Marco König (Ger) Germany0:03:42 
10Curtis White (USA) United States0:03:48 
11Thijs Aerts (Bel) Belgium-B0:04:25 
12Stijn Caluwe (Bel) Belgium-B0:04:43 
13Jan Vastl (Cze) Czech Republic0:05:00 
14Leo Vincent (Fra) France0:05:15 
15Elias Van Hecke (Bel) Belgium-B0:05:23 
16Richard Jansen (Ned) Netherlands0:05:41 
17Adam Toupalik (Cze) Czech Republic  
18Dominic Grab (Swi) Switzerland0:06:14 
19Michal Paluta (Pol) Poland0:06:22 
20Thomas Joseph (Bel) Belgium0:06:39 
21Bjorn van der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands0:07:22 
22Ward Van Laer (Bel) Belgium-B0:07:40 
23Karel Svrcina (Cze) Czech Republic0:07:50 
24Gianni Van Donink (Bel) Belgium-B0:08:08 
25Jack Ravenscroft (GBr) Great Britain0:08:19 
26Adam King (GBr) Great Britain0:08:22 
27Sébastien Havot (Fra) France0:08:39 
28Jonas Degroote (Bel) Belgium-B0:09:39 
29Simon Vozar (Svk) Slovakia  -1lap 
30Lukas Meiler (Ger) Germany  
31Kamil Malecki (Pol) Poland  -2laps 
32Lucas Wollenhaupt (Ger) Germany  
33Valentin Ortillon (Fra) France  
34Jake Womersley (GBr) Great Britain  
35Sebastian Canecky (Svk) Slovakia  
36Ken Mueller (Lux) Luxembourg  
37Matthew Hargroves (GBr) Great Britain  -3laps 
38Paul Lindenau (Ger) Germany  
39Piotr Rzeszutek (Pol) Poland  
40Luc Turchi (Lux) Luxembourg  
41Manuel Müller (Ger) Germany  
42Lukasz Manski (Pol) Poland  
43Magnus Skjoth (Den) Denmark  -5laps 
World Cup standings after three rounds
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Netherlands180pts
2Quinten Hermans (Bel) Belgium150 
3Martijn Budding (Ned) Netherlands115 
4Logan Owen (USA) United States115 
5Karel Pokorny (Cze) Czech Republic99 
6Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Belgium95 
7Kobe Goossens (Bel) Belgium70 
8Gioele Bertolini (Ita) Italy58 
9Ben Boets (Bel) Belgium52 
10Marco König (Ger) Germany49 
11Richard Jansen (Ned) Netherlands45 
12Jan Vastl (Cze) Czech Republic44 
13Clement Russo (Fra) France44 
14Adam Toupalik (Cze) Czech Republic44 
15Curtis White (USA) United States42 
16Bjorn van der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands42 
17Dominic Grab (Swi) Switzerland41 
18Yannick Peeters (Bel) Belgium40 
19Elie Gesbert (Fra) France38 
20Elias Van Hecke (Bel) Belgium32 
21Thomas Joseph (Bel) Belgium31 
22Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) France27 
23Michal Paluta (Pol) Poland24 
24Lukas Meiler (Ger) Germany23 
25Thijs Aerts (Bel) Belgium20 
26Stijn Caluwe (Bel) Belgium20 
27Karel Svrcina (Cze) Czech Republic20 
28Leo Vincent (Fra) France17 
29Moreno Pellizzon (Ita) Italy17 
30Simon Vozar (Svk) Slovakia13 
31Adrian Auerbacher (Ger) Germany12 
32Giulio Franzolin (Ita) Italy10 
33Ward Van Laer (Bel) Belgium9 
34Manuel Müller (Ger) Germany9 
35Filip Kubin (Cze) Czech Republic8 
36Martin Dejmek (Cze) Czech Republic8 
37Gianni Van Donink (Bel) Belgium7 
38Jack Ravenscroft (GBr) Great Britain6 
39Dominik Vrana (Cze) Czech Republic6 
40Adam King (GBr) Great Britain5 
41Roman Lehky (Cze) Czech Republic5 
42Sébastien Havot (Fra) France4 
43Simon Vitzthum (Swi) Switzerland4 
44Jonas Degroote (Bel) Belgium3 
45Kamil Malecki (Pol) Poland3 
46Manuel Todaro (Ita) Italy3 
47Lukasz Manski (Pol) Poland1 

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