9 years after winning the national championships as a Junior, Laurens Sweeck claimed his first elite tricolore by soloing to the finish line in Antwerp. He took the win ahead of Eli Iserbyt and defending champion Toon Aerts.
In the third lap, Sweeck established a gap over his main rivals and started to carve out his advantage quickly. He held off a strong chasing group that included Aerts, van Aert, Iserbyt, Vanthourenhout, Vermeersch and Merlier. Thanks to his fierce pace, smooth sand sections and well-played team tactics, Sweeck collected a bonus big enough to stay ahead throughout the race.
Even a small crash in the 5th lap couldn’t prevent Sweeck from taking the national title. After already becoming Belgian champion in the Youth category (2009), Junior category (2011), and U23-category twice (2013 & 2015), Sweeck won the Elite title as well to complete a unique series of victories in all categories.
The battle for the other podium spots was intense. Eventually, it was Sweeck's teammate Eli Iserbyt who managed to go clear in the sand to claim second place. Defending champion Toon Aerts took the bronze medal.