Mathieu van der Poel: I was not good enough

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel's 408-day cyclo-cross winning streak came to an end at the DVV Verzekeringen trofee Hotondcross in Ronse on Saturday. The reigning world champion was beaten by more than two minutes and finished in third place behind the day's winner Belgian champion Toon Aerts (Telenet-Baloise Lions) and runner-up Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal).

"I was not good enough," Van der Poel told Wielerflits after the race. "I always go for the win, but you can't win them all. Toon Aerts was very strong today. He always shows up very well on this kind of courses."

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