Van Aert Road National Master – © DAVID STOCKMAN – BELGIUM
Van Aert Road became Belgian cyclocross champion for the fourth time (in five years) in Meulebeke flying over a Berencross field, revised, corrected and full-bodied! He succeeds Laurens Sweeck, who is the only one who has caused him some problems at the start of the race, but who broke down after his big start. Show Aerts is second far behind, Michael Vanthourenhout is the third.
For ladies, True singing continues to dominate the National with his head and shoulders, as he won his twelfth consecutive title on Sunday. Lotte Kopecky i Alicia Franck complete the podium.
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Laurens Sweeck started very well and had a bit of an advantage after the first lap. Wout Van Aert had to make several efforts to finish this lap in second place, then he led a fairly large group of pursuers.
On the second lap, Wout overtook Sweeck and tried to take the race on his own. It hurts your opponents. Only the defending champion managed to follow Van Aert, although the difference also really increased in the third round. Toon Aerts took the opportunity to steal second place in Sweeck and then went through Vanthourenhout.
Still hampered by injuries, Eli Iserbyt had a very difficult race and was never able to take the lead.
Therefore, Van Aert is easily champion of Belgium for the fourth time, dedicating his victory to his son Georges, born this week. He arrived very moved when he arrived: ” I didn’t want to say it before the race, but I slept very little the last few nights. But I don’t have to say it because I’m in the new cloud. Obviously, I wanted to dedicate this victory to my son and my wife Sarah, as well as everyone who followed me. “The Belgian champion adds: “ I had very good feelings in the first part of the race, but in the second part I was at the forefront of things. Even if it was very far from the level I would have liked to have, but it is the circumstances that make it. “
For ladies, True singing he kept his place by winning his twelfth consecutive title! An indisputable victory that saves the season for the Belgian, who had not yet pocketed the slightest success. Lotte Kopecky is the only thing that has worried Cant, negotiating better the portion of sand in most laps. Alicia Franck complete the podium of a race that took place on a light carpet of mud, after the sun was very present, there was the layer of frost. Laura Verdonschot and Ellen Van Loy complete the top 5 places.