Van der Poel cruises to victory in Koksijde

Dutch ace Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) continued his winning streak in the junior men’s category this season by taking his 13th victory of the season at the Cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde. On the same sand course where he captured the world championship title back in January, Van der Poel slaughtered the opposition in the third World Cup round of the season.

“It’s going well,” Van der Poel said. “I took a good start and rode a quick first lap. I tried to make sure the gap grew straight away.”

Once again Quinten Hermans (Belgium) was best of the rest, 1:35 behind the winner. Martijn Budding (Netherlands) joined his compatriot van der Poel on the podium, finishing two minutes later.

Van der Poel thus strengthens his lead in the World Cup, holding the maximum of 180 points after three rounds. Hermans lies second overall with 150 points. Budding and Logan Owen (USA) are tight in third place with 115 points. “Fifth isn’t great but on the course that suits me worst of all it’s not bad,” Owen said of his showing in Koksijde.

After the first lap, van der Poel had twenty seconds on first chaser Hermans, with Owen confirming his good results by riding in third position. “They tried to make me chase van der Poel early on but it’s not up to me to do that,” Owen told Cyclingnews. The American faded back to fifth place during the second lap with Budding and Yannick Peeters (Belgium) leaving him behind. “I was unable to use all gears but didn’t want to switch bikes as it was too fast at the pit,” Owen said. Nicolas Cleppe (Belgium) put the pressure on Owen for fifth place, nearly catching up after the third lap.

Meanwhile, after his super fast first lap, van der Poel shifted back although he was still clocking steadily fast lap times while his rivals kept going slower. “A couple of times I got frustrated with myself because some passages didn’t go too well. It’s a challenge to be up there every time,” van der Poel said after grabbing his thirteenth consecutive win.

The positions in the top 6 remained the same from the third lap on until the finish after six laps of racing in the Koksijde dunes. The battle for seventh place was fought out between a group of seven riders, including Curtis White (USA). “I felt really good early on but paced myself because I felt I was probably overdoing it. In the final lap I attacked the group but bobbled. I caught back on but didn’t have anything left for the finale,” White told Cyclingnews, shortly after finishing tenth in Koksijde.

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Full Results
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Netherlands0:45:17
2Quinten Hermans (Bel) Belgium0:01:35
3Martijn Budding (Ned) Netherlands0:02:02
4Yannick Peeters (Bel) Belgium0:02:41
5Logan Owen (USA) United States0:02:57
6Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Belgium0:03:10
7Karel Pokorny (Cze) Czech Republic0:03:33
8Kobe Goossens (Bel) Belgium0:03:36
9Marco König (Ger) Germany0:03:42
10Curtis White (USA) United States0:03:48
11Thijs Aerts (Bel) Belgium-B0:04:25
12Stijn Caluwe (Bel) Belgium-B0:04:43
13Jan Vastl (Cze) Czech Republic0:05:00
14Leo Vincent (Fra) France0:05:15
15Elias Van Hecke (Bel) Belgium-B0:05:23
16Richard Jansen (Ned) Netherlands0:05:41
17Adam Toupalik (Cze) Czech RepublicRow 16 - Cell 2
18Dominic Grab (Swi) Switzerland0:06:14
19Michal Paluta (Pol) Poland0:06:22
20Thomas Joseph (Bel) Belgium0:06:39
21Bjorn van der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands0:07:22
22Ward Van Laer (Bel) Belgium-B0:07:40
23Karel Svrcina (Cze) Czech Republic0:07:50
24Gianni Van Donink (Bel) Belgium-B0:08:08
25Jack Ravenscroft (GBr) Great Britain0:08:19
26Adam King (GBr) Great Britain0:08:22
27Sébastien Havot (Fra) France0:08:39
28Jonas Degroote (Bel) Belgium-B0:09:39
29Simon Vozar (Svk) Slovakia-1lap
30Lukas Meiler (Ger) GermanyRow 29 - Cell 2
31Kamil Malecki (Pol) Poland-2laps
32Lucas Wollenhaupt (Ger) GermanyRow 31 - Cell 2
33Valentin Ortillon (Fra) FranceRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jake Womersley (GBr) Great BritainRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sebastian Canecky (Svk) SlovakiaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Ken Mueller (Lux) LuxembourgRow 35 - Cell 2
37Matthew Hargroves (GBr) Great Britain-3laps
38Paul Lindenau (Ger) GermanyRow 37 - Cell 2
39Piotr Rzeszutek (Pol) PolandRow 38 - Cell 2
40Luc Turchi (Lux) LuxembourgRow 39 - Cell 2
41Manuel Müller (Ger) GermanyRow 40 - Cell 2
42Lukasz Manski (Pol) PolandRow 41 - Cell 2
43Magnus Skjoth (Den) Denmark-5laps
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World Cup standings after three rounds
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Netherlands180pts
2Quinten Hermans (Bel) Belgium150Row 1 - Cell 3
3Martijn Budding (Ned) Netherlands115Row 2 - Cell 3
4Logan Owen (USA) United States115Row 3 - Cell 3
5Karel Pokorny (Cze) Czech Republic99Row 4 - Cell 3
6Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Belgium95Row 5 - Cell 3
7Kobe Goossens (Bel) Belgium70Row 6 - Cell 3
8Gioele Bertolini (Ita) Italy58Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ben Boets (Bel) Belgium52Row 8 - Cell 3
10Marco König (Ger) Germany49Row 9 - Cell 3
11Richard Jansen (Ned) Netherlands45Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jan Vastl (Cze) Czech Republic44Row 11 - Cell 3
13Clement Russo (Fra) France44Row 12 - Cell 3
14Adam Toupalik (Cze) Czech Republic44Row 13 - Cell 3
15Curtis White (USA) United States42Row 14 - Cell 3
16Bjorn van der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands42Row 15 - Cell 3
17Dominic Grab (Swi) Switzerland41Row 16 - Cell 3
18Yannick Peeters (Bel) Belgium40Row 17 - Cell 3
19Elie Gesbert (Fra) France38Row 18 - Cell 3
20Elias Van Hecke (Bel) Belgium32Row 19 - Cell 3
21Thomas Joseph (Bel) Belgium31Row 20 - Cell 3
22Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) France27Row 21 - Cell 3
23Michal Paluta (Pol) Poland24Row 22 - Cell 3
24Lukas Meiler (Ger) Germany23Row 23 - Cell 3
25Thijs Aerts (Bel) Belgium20Row 24 - Cell 3
26Stijn Caluwe (Bel) Belgium20Row 25 - Cell 3
27Karel Svrcina (Cze) Czech Republic20Row 26 - Cell 3
28Leo Vincent (Fra) France17Row 27 - Cell 3
29Moreno Pellizzon (Ita) Italy17Row 28 - Cell 3
30Simon Vozar (Svk) Slovakia13Row 29 - Cell 3
31Adrian Auerbacher (Ger) Germany12Row 30 - Cell 3
32Giulio Franzolin (Ita) Italy10Row 31 - Cell 3
33Ward Van Laer (Bel) Belgium9Row 32 - Cell 3
34Manuel Müller (Ger) Germany9Row 33 - Cell 3
35Filip Kubin (Cze) Czech Republic8Row 34 - Cell 3
36Martin Dejmek (Cze) Czech Republic8Row 35 - Cell 3
37Gianni Van Donink (Bel) Belgium7Row 36 - Cell 3
38Jack Ravenscroft (GBr) Great Britain6Row 37 - Cell 3
39Dominik Vrana (Cze) Czech Republic6Row 38 - Cell 3
40Adam King (GBr) Great Britain5Row 39 - Cell 3
41Roman Lehky (Cze) Czech Republic5Row 40 - Cell 3
42Sébastien Havot (Fra) France4Row 41 - Cell 3
43Simon Vitzthum (Swi) Switzerland4Row 42 - Cell 3
44Jonas Degroote (Bel) Belgium3Row 43 - Cell 3
45Kamil Malecki (Pol) Poland3Row 44 - Cell 3
46Manuel Todaro (Ita) Italy3Row 45 - Cell 3
47Lukasz Manski (Pol) Poland1Row 46 - Cell 3

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