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World champion Van der Poel wins in Lille

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Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands)

Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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World champion Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus)

World champion Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) gets a gap on the rest

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) gets a gap on the rest (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) solos to the win

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) solos to the win (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) in the sand

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) in the sand (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins the Bpost Bank Trophy finale in Lille

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins the Bpost Bank Trophy finale in Lille (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) in his new rainbow jersey

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) in his new rainbow jersey (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert was second on the day

Wout Van Aert was second on the day (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The start in Lille

The start in Lille (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The podium at Bpost Bank Trophy in Lille

The podium at Bpost Bank Trophy in Lille (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins in Lille

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins in Lille (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) takes a solo win in Lille

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) takes a solo win in Lille (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The sprint for second place was won by Van Aert

The sprint for second place was won by Van Aert (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins Bpost Bank Trophy Krawatencross

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins Bpost Bank Trophy Krawatencross (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert wins the overall Bpost Bank Trophy

Wout Van Aert wins the overall Bpost Bank Trophy (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert wins the overall Bpost Bank Trophy series

Wout Van Aert wins the overall Bpost Bank Trophy series (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Newly crowned elite men's world champion, Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) debuted his rainbow jersey in winning fashion at the Bpost Bank Trophy finale in Lille on Saturday. The Dutchman won the final round of the Bpost Bank Trophy cyclo-cross series, finishing solo on the fast sand course.

Arch rival Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) was already certain of the overall victory in the Bpost Bank Trophy. Van Aert won the hard-fought sprint for second place in his hometown Lille ahead of Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink), Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games).

The solo win in Lille was the ninth victory of Van der Poel in the elite men's category. The 20-year-old explained that it was great to win in his rainbow jersey. “I’m delighted. When I headed here I received a box full of new clothing. That was very motivating. Once again I had great legs. We peaked towards this time of the year and then it’s great fun to race,” Van der Poel told Sporza.

Much in contrast to the World Championships race of last weekend in Tabor, the speed in Lille was very high. Early on Van der Poel was in the hurt box while Van der Haar and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) were leading the race. During the second lap, Meeusen took the bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint ahead of Van der Haar and Vincent Baestaens (BKCP-Powerplus).

Sven Nys moved to the front in the third of nine laps. His efforts briefly resulted in a four-man lead group that featured Van Aert, Van der Haar and Van der Poel but they were brought back.

In the fourth lap, Van der Poel took control of the race. Only Nys was able to follow but not for long. Lars van der Haar was being held up by Tom Meeusen and once he overtook the Belgian he didn’t plan to let Van der Poel ride away. He gave all he had to close the gap in the beginning of the fifth lap, successfully bridging up to Van der Poel. Not for long. A few moments later Van der Poel was gone for good. Van Aert bridged up with Van der Haar but even though they shared the work they only lost more ground on the leader.

“I wasn’t exactly waiting at first,“ Van der Poel explained. “The first two laps I was struggling at the back of the group. I didn’t know what to think. It went so fast. In one move I reached the front and quickly realized that it was much more comfortable than riding at the back. I accelerated because it was a technical course that suits me. More quickly than I anticipated I had a gap. I feared that it would become another long effort but time quickly passed by.”

In the background Nys and Pauwels bridged up with Van Aert and Van der Haar. None of the four riders really tried to shake off the others. Clearly all of these riders were gambling on their sprint qualities. Meanwhile Van der Poel created a massive lead of fifty seconds when hitting the final lap.

The world champion took his time to take in the applauds from the crowd when crossing the finish line. Behind him Van Aert led out the sprint, already setting a fierce pace in the previous sections. Nys surprised Van der Haar and Pauwels when moving into second place. Once on the finishing straight Van Aert brutally increased the speed, putting everybody on their limit. Everybody waited as long as possible before sprinting side by side. In the end, only Van der Haar moved up a spot, beating Pauwels on the line for fourth place.

Van Aert was pleased with second place and not as disappointed as after his World Championships race in which he also finished as runner-up. “I hoped to ride for the victory today but I soon realized that winning would not be an option today. The strongest rider won today. That’s easier to deal with,” Van Aert told Sporza.

Nys was pleased with his first podium result in a very long time. “I’m very pleased with this result. It means that I’m on the way back up. The English say: ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ I can end the season with good sensations,” Nys told Sporza.

Van Aert holds a massive 6:17-minute lead over Pauwels in the final general classification of the Bpost Bank Trophy. Nys is third at 7:14 ahead of Tom Meeusen who’s at 7:53. Mathieu van der Poel didn’t participate in all rounds of the series.

“This was super important. The two championships are the most important races of the season but also the series are nice to score high. I’m very glad I won the series,” Van Aert told Sporza.

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team
2Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team
3Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team
4Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin
5Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team
6Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team
7Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team
8Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team
9Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team
10Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
11Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team
12Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team
13Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team
14Corné Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
15Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team
16Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team
17Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
18Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team
19Martin Bina (Cze) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team
20Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continentaal Team
21Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team
22Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team
23Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team
24David Van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team
25Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
26Mariusz Gil (Pol) Project Cross Racing
27Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)
28Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham Cont. Cycling Team
29Stijn Huys (Bel) Orange Babies Cycling Team
30Vinnie Braet (Bel) Colba - Superano Ham Cont. Cycling Team
31Radomir Simunek (Cze) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team
32Severin Saegesser (Sui)
33Patrick Gaudy (Bel) Veranclassic -Ekoi Continental Cycling Team
34Hendrik Sweeck (Bel) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team
35Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW
36Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team
37Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW
38Mathieu Willemyns (Bel) MEZ Team Belgium Snellegem
39Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) Hargroves Cycles
40Kevin Cant (Bel) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team
41Niels Koyen (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team
42Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa)
43Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa)
44Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa)
45Yoann Corbihan (Fra)
46Wouter Goosen (Bel) Zannata Cycling Team

 

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