Wout van Aert wins the Dendermonde round of the World Cup series.

Van Aert tops Van der Poel to nab Dendermonde World Cup win

Wout van Aert takes his fourth straight victory as Mathieu van der Poel takes runner-up honors in his season debut.

by Dane Cash

photography by Getty Images

Wout van Aert bested Mathieu van der Poel in the latter’s cyclocross season debut on Sunday in the Dendermonde round of the World Cup. The win is Van Aert’s fourth straight this season.

Toon Aerts powered away from the rest of the field early in the race and he was then joined by Van Aert and Van der Poel, who battled at the front over the ensuing laps until Van Aert started to pull away during the fifth lap. Behind, Van der Poel eventually put Aerts in the rearview mirror, but he was unable to make up much ground on Van Aert.

The Belgian national champion powered to a convincing win in the end, crossing the line 49 seconds ahead of Van der Poel with Aerts rounding out the podium a further 29 seconds back.

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