Van Aert's trip to Brittany pays off

Wout van Aert (Cibel-Cebon)

Wout van Aert (Cibel-Cebon) (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Wout van Aert (Cibel-Cebon) preferred to travel 600km and race the Cyclo-cross International de La Mézière race in Brittany on Sunday, but the trip was worth the effort, with the world champion taking a morale-boosting win and collecting a significant appearance fee.

Belgian media suggested Van Aert received a 20,000 Euro fee – double his usual amount, and flew to western France from Belgium to avoid the long drive. It was his third win of the season after struggling to match Mathieu van der Poel’s dominance in the more important races.

Van Aert warmed up on the rollers before his race and used his superior speed to quickly go clear of the pack. Keen to push himself just a week before the Belgian national championships, he raced hard for an hour, opening a two-minute lead on his rivals.

At the finish, Van Aert was already warming down on the rollers before Clement Venturini (AG2R-La Mondiale) beat Quinten Hermans (Telenet-Fidea) for second place.

“I attacked early because I wanted a hard race. I needed a hard race because the Belgian championships next week will be a hard race,” Van Aert said in French as he warmed down.

“It’s never easy to win, but my gap was big and that’s good.”

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Wout Van Aert (Bel) Cibel-Cebon1:05:20Row 0 - Cell 3
2Clement Venturini (Fra)0:01:47Row 1 - Cell 3
3Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea LionsRow 2 - Cell 2 Row 2 - Cell 3
4Antoine Benoist (Fra) Team Chazal Canyon0:02:20Row 3 - Cell 3
5Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Steylaerts - 7770:02:39Row 4 - Cell 3
6Mickaël Crispin (Fra) Team Chazal Canyon0:02:41Row 5 - Cell 3
7Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:02:48Row 6 - Cell 3
8Vincent Baestaens (Bel)0:02:52Row 7 - Cell 3
9Clément Russo (Fra)Row 8 - Cell 2 Row 8 - Cell 3
10Steve Chainel (Fra) Team Chazal CanyonRow 9 - Cell 2 Row 9 - Cell 3
11Matthieu Boulo (Fra)0:03:01Row 10 - Cell 3
12Francis Mourey (Fra) S1Neo Connect Cycling Team0:03:05Row 11 - Cell 3
13Lucas Dubau (Fra)0:03:30Row 12 - Cell 3
14Simon Zahner (Swi)Row 13 - Cell 2 Row 13 - Cell 3
15Valentin Guillaud (Fra)0:04:23Row 14 - Cell 3
16David Menut (Fra)0:04:39Row 15 - Cell 3
17Lilian Calmejane (Fra)0:04:48Row 16 - Cell 3
18Emil Hekele (Cze)0:04:56Row 17 - Cell 3
19Joshua Dubau (Fra)0:05:36Row 18 - Cell 3
20Yan Gras (Fra) Team Chazal Canyon0:05:48Row 19 - Cell 3
21Joris Delbove (Fra) S1Neo Connect Cycling Team0:06:20Row 20 - Cell 3
22Sammy Cadot Roger (Fra)0:06:27Row 21 - Cell 3
23Almenzo Benoist (Fra)Row 22 - Cell 2 Row 22 - Cell 3
24Julien Roussel (Fra)0:06:46Row 23 - Cell 3
25Tony Periou (Fra)Row 24 - Cell 2 Row 24 - Cell 3
26Valentin Humbert (Fra) S1Neo Connect Cycling Team0:06:49Row 25 - Cell 3
27Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)Row 26 - Cell 2 Row 26 - Cell 3
28Thomas Gachignard (Fra)0:07:13Row 27 - Cell 3
29Mathieu Taburet (Fra)1 lapRow 28 - Cell 3
30Erwann Kerraud (Fra)1 lapRow 29 - Cell 3
31Elie Gesbert (Fra)1 lapRow 30 - Cell 3
32Thibault Valognes (Fra)1 lapRow 31 - Cell 3
33Florian Le Corre (Fra)2 lapsRow 32 - Cell 3
34Guillaume Guilbaud (Fra)2 lapsRow 33 - Cell 3
35Julien Leclercq (Fra)2 lapsRow 34 - Cell 3
36Laudelino Plas (Fra)Row 35 - Cell 2 2 laps
37Cyprien Gilles (Fra)2 lapsRow 36 - Cell 3
38Garry Millburn (Aus)2 lapsRow 37 - Cell 3
39Karol Michalski (Pol)2 lapsRow 38 - Cell 3
40Lukáš Smola (Cze)2 lapsRow 39 - Cell 3
41Théo Gueret (Fra)2 lapsRow 40 - Cell 3
42Justin Mottier (Fra)2 lapsRow 41 - Cell 3
43Paul Ourselin (Fra)2 lapsRow 42 - Cell 3
44Erwann Denis (Fra)Row 43 - Cell 2 2 laps
45Jean Michel Huby (Fra)2 lapsRow 44 - Cell 3
46Steven Delprat (Fra)3 lapsRow 45 - Cell 3
47Bastien Godefroy (Fra)3 lapsRow 46 - Cell 3
48Romain Hardy (Fra)3 lapsRow 47 - Cell 3
49Clement Alleno (Fra)3 lapsRow 48 - Cell 3
50Julien Selvestrel (Fra)3 lapsRow 49 - Cell 3
51Ferdinand Marion (Fra)Row 50 - Cell 2 Row 50 - Cell 3
52Clement Moquet (Fra)3 lapsRow 51 - Cell 3
53Edwin De Wit (Bel)4 lapsRow 52 - Cell 3
54Antoine Josso (Fra)4 lapsRow 53 - Cell 3
55Camille Bouquet (Fra)4 lapsRow 54 - Cell 3
56Gurvan Ollivier (Fra)5 lapsRow 55 - Cell 3
57Kevin Le Guelvoud (Fra)5 lapsRow 56 - Cell 3
DNFQuentin Navarro (Fra) S1Neo Connect Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2 Row 57 - Cell 3
DNFMaxime Bonsergent (Fra)Row 58 - Cell 2 Row 58 - Cell 3
DNFMatthieu Legrand (Fra)Row 59 - Cell 2 Row 59 - Cell 3
DNFSimon Lepoittevin Dubost (Fra)Row 60 - Cell 2 Row 60 - Cell 3

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