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Iserbyt dominates muddy Koppenbergcross

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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal celebrates at finish line as race winner during the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Eli Iserbyt takes the win on the Koppenberg (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal competes during the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Eli Iserbyt splashes through the mud during Koppenbergcross (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Belgian Eli Iserbyt pictured in action during the Koppenbergcross men elite race first race of the X2O Badkamers Trofee Veldrijden trophy out of eight in Oudenaarde Monday 01 November 2021 BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Eli Iserbyt cleans up before his victory salute (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Dutch Lars Van Der Haar crosses the finish line at the Koppenbergcross men elite race first race of the X2O Badkamers Trofee Veldrijden trophy out of eight in Oudenaarde Monday 01 November 2021 BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Lars van der Haar scored a podium finish (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 LR Laurens Sweeck of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal Lars Van Der Haar of The Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions Lander Loockx of Belgium and Team DeschachtGroup HensContainers Maes Toon Vandebosch of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal and Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Baloise Trek Lions lead The Peloton at start during the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The start of the Koppenbergcross (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 LR Laurens Sweeck of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal Lars Van Der Haar of The Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions Lander Loockx of Belgium and Team DeschachtGroup HensContainers Maes Toon Vandebosch of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal and Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Baloise Trek Lions lead The Peloton at start during the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The start (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Baloise Trek Lions competes during the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Toon Aerts (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 Tom Meeusen of Belgium and Team DeschachtGroup HensContainers Maes competes during the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Tom Meeusen (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 LR Toon Vandebosch of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal and Corne Van Kessel of The Netherlands and TormansCircus Cyclo Cross Team compete during the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Toon Vandebosch (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 A rider competes in a muddy section of the circuit while fans cheer during the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The Koppenbergcross (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 Riders competing in a muddy section of the circuit during the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The Koppenbergcross (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Baloise Trek Lions on second place catching breath after the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Toon Aerts recovers after the finish (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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OUDENAARDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 01 Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal sprints at finish line to win the 32nd Koppenbergcross Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren 2021 Mens Elite Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde X2OBadkamersTrofee on November 01 2021 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Eli Iserbyt crests the climb (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) made it a hattrick at the Koppenbergcross, winning the race for the third year in a row on Monday. 

The Belgian rider was once again dominant, putting in a commanding ride through the thick mud and up the slippery cobbles of the Koppenberg climb. 

Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions) was the only rider who could get near him, finishing 23 seconds down, while his teammate Lars van der Haar claimed the final spot on the podium at 1:18. 

More to follow.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 1:02:42
2Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:00:24
3Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:01:18
4Corne van Kessel (Ned) Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team 0:02:41
5Toon Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:02:47
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-group Hens-containers Maes 0:02:59
7Lander Loockx (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-group Hens-containers Maes 0:03:04
8Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:03:15
9Jens Adams (Bel) 0:03:36
10Thijs Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:03:59
11Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:04:06
12Diether Sweeck (Bel) IKO - Crelan 0:06:34
13Michael Boroš (Cze) 0:07:15
14Thomas Mein (GBr) Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team 0:07:43
15Lorenzo Marasco (Fra) Sebmotobikes CX Team 0:08:06
16Seppe Rombouts (Bel) 0:08:42
17Robin Alderweireld (Bel) 0:09:08
18Eric Lüthi (Swi)
19Paul Oldham (GBr)
20Raphaël Kockelmann (Lux)
21Koen Van Dijke (Ned)
22Timothy O Regan (Irl)
23Andy Ruts (Bel)
24Benjamin Krawczyk (Fra)
25Gauthier Heymes (Fra)
26Francois Chastagner (Fra)
DNFLaurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal

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