Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) won the Brussels Universities Cyclocross on Sunday. The world champion soloed to victory ahead of a trio who battled for second place with Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) taking second, Corne van Kessel (Telenet Baloise Lions) in third, and Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen–Bingoal) in fourth.
Iserbyt leads the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series with just one race to go at the Krawatencross in Lille, France, held on February 8.
Some of the favourites such as Toon Aerts, Laurens Sweeck, Wout van Aert and Quinten Hermans sat out this round of the series in favour of resting ahead of the Belgian Championships next weekend.
Vanthourenhout had a strong start and led the opening lap, closely followed by Van der Poel and Van Kessel. By the third lap, Iserbyt and Tim Merlier moved through the field and caught up to the chase group.
Van der Poel made his winning attack midway through the eight-lap race and built his lead out to 30 seconds as he crossed the line with the victory.
Iserbyt, Van Kessel and Vanthourenhout locked into a battle for second place through the final lap. Iserbyt crossed the finish line 30 seconds after Van der Poel and claimed second place. Van Kessel finished eight seconds later in third place and Vanthourenhout finished an additional four seconds back in fourth.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix||1:01:23|
|2||Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal||0:00:30|
|3||Corne Van Kessel (Ned)||0:00:38|
|4||Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal||0:00:42|
|5||Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal||0:01:29|
|6||Tom Meeusen (Bel)||0:01:43|
|7||Tim Merlier (Bel) Creafin – Fristads||0:01:56|
|8||Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Creafin – Fristads||0:02:05|
|9||Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:02:16|
|10||Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Group Hens - Maes Containers||0:02:46|
|11||Stephen Hyde (USA) Cannondale Cyclocrossworld||0:02:57|
|12||Thijs Aerts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:03:22|
|13||Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:03:36|
|14||Yannick Peeters (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal||0:03:54|
|15||Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:04:30|
|16||Sieben Wouters (Ned)||0:05:31|
|17||Curtis White (USA) Cannondale Cyclocrossworld||0:06:23|
|18||Thomas Verheyen (Bel)||0:07:45|
|19||Edwin De Wit (Bel)|
|20||Max Judelson (USA)|
|21||Brannan Fix (USA)|
|22||Julien Roussel (Fra)|
|23||Yelle Leaerts (Bel)|
|24||Gianni Quintelier (Bel)|
|25||Gauthier Heymes (Fra)|
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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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