Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) gave another masterclass in cyclo-cross racing and took his 101st major victory in the seventh race of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series in the campus grounds of Brussels University on Sunday.
It was his 23rd victory of the cyclo-cross season, and University officials gave him a square academic cap as a winner’s hat.
With world champion Wout van Aert opting to race in Brittany, France, Van der Poel faced little opposition on the technical-but-fast course. He made sure he lead the pack into an early descent through the trees and opened a gap on his rivals during the first lap.
Van der Poel’s win kept going, and his 45-second winning margin on Aerts extended his lead in the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series.
Van der Poel slowed in the final part of the race as he saved his legs and played with his riding technique.
Vanthourenhout fought off the other riders to take third at 58 seconds, with Van der Haar fourth at 1:07.
Former cyclo-cross world champion Lars Boom (Roompot-Charles) tested his form in the mud but was lapped by Van der Poel before the end of the hour of racing.
US rider Kerry Werner impressed the local crowd by riding the long series of steps.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus||1:03:33|
|2||Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions||0:00:45|
|3||Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal||0:00:58|
|4||Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions||0:01:07|
|5||Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal||0:01:20|
|6||Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice||0:01:31|
|7||Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions||0:01:51|
|8||Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice||0:02:34|
|9||Gioele Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia - Guerciotti - Elite||0:03:14|
|10||Michael Boroš (Cze) Creafin Tüv Sud||0:03:18|
|11||Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal||0:03:21|
|12||Stan Godrie (Ned) Team Charles||0:04:38|
|13||Sascha Weber (Ger)||0:05:00|
|14||Kerry Werner (USA)||0:05:22|
|15||Curtis White (USA)||1 lap|
|16||Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal||1 lap|
|17||Florian Trigo (Fra)||1 lap|
|18||Lars Boom (Ned) Team Charles||2 laps|
|19||Xandro Meurisse (Bel)||3 laps|
|20||Jens Teirlinck (Bel)||3 laps|
|21||Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Creafin Tüv Sud||4 laps|
|22||Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)||4 laps|
|23||Senne De Meyer (Bel)||4 laps|
|24||Yelle Leaerts (Bel)||4 laps|
|25||Tyler Cloutier (USA)||4 laps|
|26||Josh Bauer (USA)||5 laps|
|27||Peter Olejniczak (USA)||5 laps|
|DNF||David Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus|
|DNF||Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon - Circus|
Latest on Cyclingnews
Greipel, Martin confirmed alongside Woods and Froome for Tour de FranceTeam to target sprint and mountain stages, while Woods focuses on overall classification
Shimano launches Tenku bib shorts designed for use with Pro Stealth saddlesShimano, Pro and Bikefitting.com connect to create data-led shorts with all-new chamois pad
Proviz launches an e-bike specific jacketA sustainable, warm, waterproof, and highly visible jacket designed to meet the specific needs of ebike riders
Caleb Ewan is 'absolute and rightful leader' for Lotto Soudal at Tour de FranceGilbert and De Gendt also feature in eight-man squad
Thank you for signing up to Cycling News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.