Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) crushed the competition once again, tackling a slippery, muddy course at the Druivencross Overijse with typical aplomb.
So dominant was the European champion's performance that he was already cleaning off the thick layer of mud that had enveloped him over the hour-long race as he watched Corne van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea) out-sprint Tom Meeusen (Beobank-Corendon) for second place.
Van der Poel wasted no time, sprinting off the line with US champion Stephen Hyde (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) on his wheel. Hyde would lose ground over the course of the first lap, while the Dutchman carved out an ever-growing gap on his rivals.
In the absence of world champion Wout Van Aert, the rest were left fighting for scraps.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon||0:58:49|
|2||Corne van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea||0:00:36|
|3||Tom Meeusen (Bel) Beobank-Corendon||0:00:37|
|4||Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice||0:00:38|
|5||Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games||0:00:45|
|6||Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux Napoleon Games||0:00:49|
|7||Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet-Fidea||0:01:36|
|8||Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games||0:01:41|
|9||Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet-Fidea||0:02:16|
|10||Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Steylaerts-Betfirst||0:02:30|
|11||Stan Godrie (Ned) Crelan - Charles||0:03:11|
|12||Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions||0:03:26|
|13||Michael Boroš (Cze) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice||0:03:44|
|14||Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games||0:03:58|
|15||Joeri Adams (Bel)||0:04:06|
|16||Stephen Hyde (USA)||0:04:34|
|17||Rob Peeters (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice||0:04:44|
|18||Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) Steylaerts - Betfirst||0:06:09|
|19||Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex|
|20||Edwin De Wit (Bel)|
|21||Yelle Leaerts (Bel)|
|22||Niels Koyen (Bel)|
|DNF||Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan - Charles|
|DNF||Vincent Baestaens (Bel)|
|DNF||Jonas Degroote (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex|
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