Toon Aerts took his third victory of the season as he put in a dominant performance at the Hotondcross, beating Eli Iserbyt & Mathieu Van der Poel.

The tough course and muddy conditions of the fourth round of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee were clearly of the likes of the Belgian champion: he bursted away from rivals Van der Poel and Iserbyt, claimed his gap and remained solo until the finish line.

The Hotondcross started with the formation of a lead group, consisting of 5 riders (Aerts, Iserbyt, Van der Poel, Meisen & van Kessel). In the opening laps, it was Aerts who created a gap to gain an advantage of 30 seconds when starting the 5th lap, and over a minute when entering the last one. 

This way, the Belgian champion was able to finish off his solo comfortably, beating Eli Iserbyt (1:30) and world champion, Mathieu Van der Poel (2:14)