Eli Iserbyt wins elite men's Cyclo-cross World Cup in Waterloo

European cyclo-cross champion Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) hardly put a foot wrong while soloing to victory in the opening UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin.

The Belgian, having made a key bike change in the penultimate lap, rode away from teammate Michael Vanthourenhout in the closing laps and never looked back. Vanthourenhout held on for second despite a concerted chase effort from Quinten Hermans (Tormans-Circus), who had to be satisfied with the podium.

"I'm very happy, I was a bit nervous before the race because of last weekend I didn't have a great feeling," Iserbyt said. "But when I started here I immediately felt really good. It was good to have Michael together in the beginning of the race. I'm happy to be 1-2 with the team. I think we rode a great race and that's promising for the rest of the season."

Second was fine with Vanthourenhout, saying "Eli was the strongest today so second was the highest possible place today and I'm happy with that."

The rain that started after the women's race caused mayhem for the men, with the course turning slicker than riders had planned for with their tyre choices before the race.

The first victim was Thibau Nys (Baloise-Trek Lions) who crashed on the second lap and was taken from the course by medics with a suspected broken collarbone. Toon Aerts (Baloise-Trek Lions) also crashed through the barriers on a slick downhill turn, while former US champion Stephen Hyde dropped out after lap six.

Hermans, who took the hole shot and the early lead with Vanthourenhout, also crashed on the tarmac.

Hermans said the crash cost him. "Before the crash I felt really strong and really good but with the crash I never got the feeling back. I felt strong on the bike but not strong enough for the win."

From then on the race was dominated by Vanthourenhout and teammate Iserbyt. With another teammate Ryan Kamp riding with Hermans and Lars van der Haar (Baloise Trek), the chase was stalled at 24 seconds at the end of the third lap. Kamp lost touch with the pair on lap four and Van der Haar and Hermans began to claw back some time on the two leaders.

However, it wasn't to be as Van der Haar faded and Hermans continued to lose ground.

At the front, Vanthourenhout began making a series of mistakes, notably nearly came to grief on the slippery descent, allowing Iserbyt to surge back to the lead on lap five. 

By the following lap, Vanthourenhout saw Iserbyt gain an unassailable lead while Hermans left Van der Haar behind to chase in third.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 1:09:37
2Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:00:30
3Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team 0:00:43
4Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:01:05
5Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin - Fenix 0:01:38
6Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:01:39
7Vincent Baestaens (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-group Hens-containers Maes 0:01:46
8Ryan Kamp (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:01:51
9Jens Adams (Bel) 0:01:54
10Corne van Kessel (Ned) Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team 0:02:05
11Toon Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:02:16
12Daan Soete (Bel) Team Deschacht-group Hens-containers Maes CX 0:02:29
13Kevin Kuhn (Swi) Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team 0:03:04
14Kerry Werner (USA) 0:03:08
15Thijs Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:03:13
16Davide Toneatti (Ita) 0:03:16
17Anton Ferdinande (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:03:34
18Marcel Meisen (Ger) Alpecin - Fenix 0:03:42
19Pim Ronhaar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:03:54
20Lance Haidet (USA) L39ION of Los Angeles 0:04:07
21Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo 0:04:36
22Thomas Mein (GBr) Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team 0:04:40
23Curtis White (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld 0:05:01
24Michael van den Ham (Can) 0:05:22
25Eric Brunner (USA) Aevolo 0:05:35
26Gosse van der Meer (Ned) 0:05:58
27Scott Funston (USA) 0:06:11
28Lorenzo Masciarelli (Ita) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:06:38
29Andrew Strohmeyer (USA)
30Brody Sanderson (Can)
31Scott McGill (USA) Aevolo
32Andrew Dillman (USA)
33Matteo Oppizzi (Swi)
34Lief Rodgers (Can)
35Daxton Mock (USA)
36Caleb Swartz (USA)
37Sam Noel (USA)
38Ben Frederick (USA)
39Emiel Verstrynge (Bel) Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team
40Matt Leliveld (Can)
41Yannick Mayer (Ger)
42Hugo Brisebois (Can)
43Felipe Timoteo Nystrom Spencer (CRc)
DNFStephen Hyde (USA)
DNFThibau Nys (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions

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