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by Shane Stokes
November 2, 2017
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Following earlier successes this season, Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) once again triumphed when he proved best in the Koppenbergcross in Belgium on Wednesday. The Dutchman had issues with his pedals during the event, hampering his early attacks and making things considerably tougher.
Van der Haar was able to get a gap after a ferocious attack, but he was gradually reeled back in, largely due to the efforts of Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles). The latter cracked and lost his chance, with Van der Poel then playing his card on the final lap.
He crossed the finish line exhausted and collapsed immediately, but finished 12 seconds ahead of Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea) and 24 up on Van der Haar. “On the last lap I felt that I had the most strength,” he said, according to NOS. “Just before the cobblestones I looked back and I felt it could do it.”
Meanwhile Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) was best in the women’s race, climbing strongly to reel in Katie Compton (Trek) and then dropping her on the second-last climb. Compton was able to get back but was dropped again, finishing 15 seconds back. Jolien Verschueren (Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice) took third.
In the Under 23 event, Tom Pidcock was strongest ahead of Eli Iserbyt (Marlux – Napoleon Games Cycling Team Cmc) and Jens Dekker (Beobank – Corendon).