PeloPics: With only a week to go until the World cyclocross championships in Valkenburg, Mathieu van der Poel stamped his authority on the Telenet UCI World Cup event in Hoogerheide and put himself in the top favorite spot for the ‘cross rainbow jersey.
Mathieu van der Poel – solo as usual
Van der Poel won the final event of the cross World Cup, named after his father, the GP Adrie van der Poel, in Hoogerheide (Netherlands) on Sunday. The World Cup was already his as the Corendon-Circus rider could not be beaten. World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) was second yet again, but did make up time on Van der Poel after a slow start. Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Bingoal) was third at 1:41.
3rd place for Michael Vanthourenhout
Van der Poel went into the lead from the start and the race was as good as over. The World champion, Wout Van Aert, did make up some time as the race proceeded, to finish at 8 seconds. A good sign for a Worlds defense? The battle for third was close fought between Michael Vanthourenhout and Laurens Sweeck with the Marlux rider taking the last podium spot by 17 seconds.
6th for Tim Merlier
The stair climb was no problem for Van der Poel
Not Mathieu, but David van der Poel
Van Aert just can’t beat the Dutchman
Another solo from Van der Poel pleased the fans
Can Wout Van Aert keep his rainbow jersey?
Another win for Van der Poel – World champion in Valkenburg?
Another second place for Wout Van Aert
Hoogerheide Podium: Van Aert, Van der Poel and Vanthourenhout – Same next week?
Telenet UCI World Cup Cyclocross – Hoogerheide Result:
1. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) in 1:05:54
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) at 0:08
3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) at 1:41
4. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) at 1:58
5. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) at 2:22
6. Tim Merlier (Bel) at 2:24
7. Toon Aerts (Bel) at 2:27
8. David Van Der Poel (Ned) at 2:50
9. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) at 3:02
10. Michael Boroš (Cze) at 3:14.