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Cross Worlds Final Countdown!

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.

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Mathieu van der Poel pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2018
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.

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Vanthourenhout Michael (Bel) pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2018
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.

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Merlier Tim (Bel) pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Bas van Leijsen/Cor Vos © 2018
6th for Tim Merlier

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie Mathieu van der Poel  pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2018
The stair climb was no problem for Van der Poel

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Van der Poel David (Ned) pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Bas van Leijsen/Cor Vos © 2018
Not Mathieu, but David van der Poel

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Van Aert Wout (Bel) pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Bas van Leijsen/Cor Vos © 2018
Van Aert just can’t beat the Dutchman

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie Mathieu van der Poel pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2018
Another solo from Van der Poel pleased the fans

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Van Aert Wout (Bel) pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Bas van Leijsen/Cor Vos © 2018
Can Wout Van Aert keep his rainbow jersey?

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Mathieu van der Poel pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2018
Another win for Van der Poel – World champion in Valkenburg?

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Wout VAN AERT (Belgium / Team Verandas Willems - Crelan) pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2018
Another second place for Wout Van Aert

Hoogerheide - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Wout VAN AERT (Belgium / Team Verandas Willems - Crelan) - Mathieu van der Poel - Vanthourenhout Michael (Bel) pictured during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands - elite - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2018
Hoogerheide Podium: Van Aert, Van der Poel and Vanthourenhout – Same next week?

Hoogerheide’18:

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.

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