Dominated by Wout Van Aert, last Wednesday in Herentals, Mathieu van der Poel regained the advantage in his duel with his Belgian rival by winning alone, this Saturday during the cyclo-cross of Heusden-Zolder (Belgium), taking advantage in particular of a puncture by Van Eart in the first lap. The Dutch rider of the Alpecin-Fenix team now leads 2-1.
Advantage Mathieu van der Poel again. Three days after being beaten for the first time this season by Wout Van Eart, in Herentals, the Dutchman took the lead again in his duel with his eternal rival and sworn enemy by winning this Saturday on the occasion of the cyclo-cross of Heusden-Zolder, in Belgium on the land of Van Aert, for the reunion between the two men and their third face to face in winter. Van der Poel also signed his easiest of his two successes (in three races) against the Belgian rider of the Jumbo-Visma team. I have to say that Van Aert made it much easier for him by puncturing on the first lap of the race., while another contender for victory on Saturday Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal), compatriot of Van Aert and ex-leader of the general classification of the SuperPrestige, he himself suffered from a terrible fall that l ‘forced to be evacuated on a stretcher.
Toon Aerts, new leader
Mathieu van der Poel delivered a new solo score to win over Zolder, for the 7th round of the SuperPrestige. Wout van Aert had a puncture at the start of the race but finished 2nd, Eli Iserbyt abandoned him after a crash. Lars van der Haar 3rd. #SPHeusdenZolder pic.twitter.com/mYJTaJbpRC
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Briton Tom Pidcock also crashed at the start of the race, van der Poel was able to set sail immediately, and be able to calmly manage his lead during the nine laps on the program of this cyclo-cross which was the 7th round of the SuperPrestige. On arrival, the training specialist Alpecin-Fenix wins with 38 seconds ahead of his rival, who meanwhile is one second ahead of the third and compatriot of van der Poel Lars van der Haar Telenet-Baloise Lions) after a fierce struggle to finish behind the winner. With two laps to go, there were still ten of them who could claim second place, which finally went to Van Aert. One round from the end of the Championship, it should be noted that the new leader of the general classification is called Toon Aerts, seventh on Saturday. The SuperPrestige will lower the curtain on February 6 in Middelkerke, again in Belgium.