At the end of Wednesday's Koppenbergcross in Oudenaarde, Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) had to sprint for all he was worth to hold off European champion Toon Aerts and Lars van der Haar (both Telenet-Fidea). As soon as the Dutchman crossed the line he collapsed to the ground.
It looks like cyclo-cross World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) can only win of Mathieu van der Poel crashes, but he is collecting a lot of second places. In Ruddervoorde on Sunday the Belgian finished only 10 seconds behind Van der Poel, maybe when the bad weather comes, the results will be turned on their heads.
Another race, another win for Mathieu van der Poel. On Saturday the young Dutchman beat Toon Aerts (Bel) and Corne Van Kessel (Ned) in the Grote Prijs van Brabant with his usual domination. Sunday's Telenet Superprestige in Ruddervoorde should be a bit harder as World champion, Wout Van Aert (Bel) will be back in action.
The mythical Alpe d'Huez makes its comeback to the Tour de France in 2018 and for sure those mad-men from Holland will be on 'Dutch Corner' for all the fun. Ed Hood was there the last time the French Grand Tour took in the Orange fun, read all about his adventure.