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Wout van Aert wins men's Zilvermeercross

Wout van Aert won his first race in his new Belgian champion's jersey
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Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) won his first race as new Belgian national champion in Mol, beating Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) in the sand and snow at the Zilvermeercross. 

In the absence of Mathieu van der Poel and several other big-name rivals, Van Aert was able to dominate the racing, quickly passing fast starter Lars van der Haar and the rest, with only Sweeck able to hold his wheel as they fought for traction in the sand. 

The two gradually pulled away from their rivals as the snow began to fall, with Van Aert eventually opening a gap in the final two laps after a slight error by Sweeck.

Van Aert then cruised to victory, finishing almost a minute ahead of Sweeck and even further ahead of van der Haar.

Before the start Van Aert played down reports that he is close to signing a new contract with Jumbo-Visma but he will now head to Spain to join his WorldTour teammates for a week of training. 

He will be back in Belgium for the final round of the cyclo-cross World Cup in Overijse and the World Championships in Ostend, Belgium at the end of the month.

"Winning in the tricolor is fun. I hope to find a nice photo and I will frame it," Van Aert said.

"Sweeck rode very well. I put him under pressure in the sand but he stayed on my wheel. At a certain point I had a few metres and then I had to keep going. I rode hard  and so at the end it was tough, also because of the wind. " 

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 0:59:32
2Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:00:57
3Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:01:01
4David Van Der Poel (Ned) Alpecin - Fenix 0:01:23
5Jens Adams (Bel) 0:01:34
6Daan Soete (Bel) Group Hens - Maes Containers 0:01:42
7Diether Sweeck (Bel) Credishop-Fristads
8Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team
9Tom Meeusen (Bel) Group Hens - Maes Containers 0:02:16
10Jelle Camps (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:02:48
11Toon Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:03:22
12Felipe Orts Lloret (Spa) Teika-Bh-Gsport 0:03:30
13Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Group Hens - Maes Containers
14Thomas Mein (GBr) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team
15Timo Kielich (Bel) Credishop-Fristads
16Thibau Nys (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:03:43
17Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions
18Yan Gras (Fra) Aaa Sörius 0:03:47
19Pim Ronhaar (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:03:57
20Ben Turner (GBr) Trinity Racing 0:04:03
21Steve Chainel (Fra) Cross Team Legendre
22Arne Vrachten (Bel) 0:04:20
23Jim Aernouts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:04:21
24Lander Loockx (Bel) Group Hens - Maes Containers 0:04:26
25Curtis White (USA) 0:04:36
26Gianni Siebens (Bel) 0:04:39
27Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel) 0:04:44
28David Menut (Fra) Cross Team Legendre
29Julian Siemons (Bel)
30Emiel Verstrynge (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team
31Kyle Agterberg (Ned)
32Witse Meeussen (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal
33Jens Gys (Bel)
34Arno Van Den Broeck (Bel)
35Joshua Dubau (Fra)
36Théo Thomas (Fra) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team
37Wout Vervoort (Bel)
38Joachim Van Looveren (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct
39Ward Huybs (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions
40Cameron Mason (GBr) Trinity Racing
41Mickaël Crispin (Fra) Cross Team Legendre
42Arne Baers (Bel)
43Koen Van Dijke (Ned)
44Luke Verburg (Ned)
45Tom Mainguenaud (Fra)
46Cyprien Gilles (Fra)
47Stan Godrie (Ned)
48Ugo Ananie (Fra) Cross Team Legendre
49Jetze Van Campenhout (Bel) Group Hens - Maes Containers
50Clement Horny (Bel)
51Mathieu Morichon (Fra)
52Robin Alderweireld (Bel)
53Joran Wyseure (Bel)
54Thomas Verheyen (Bel)
55Victor Thomas (Fra)
56Dolf Pemen (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct
57Valentin Remondet (Fra) A.S Bike Crossteam
58Antoine Huby (Fra) Cross Team Legendre
59Rémi Lelandais (Fra) Cross Team Legendre
60Florian Richard Andrade (Fra) Cross Team Legendre
61Noé Castille (Fra) Cross Team Legendre
62Ydris Salomez (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct
63Noah Vreeswijk (Ned)
64Loïc Bettendorff (Lux)
65Cédric Pries (Lux)
66Jonathan Anderson (USA)
67Jules Van Kempen (USA)
68Mik Esser (Lux)
69Vincent Oger (Bel)
DNFHugo Jot (Fra) Ardennes Cross Team
DNFKlaas Groenen (Ned)

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