Michael Vanthourenhout has won his first UCI World Cup of the season. The European champion took the win after a spectacular mud race, finishing ahead of Tom Pidcock and Lars Van der Haar.
The Druivencross came down to a battle between World Champion Pidcock and new European Champion Vanthourenhout. In the penultimate lap however, Pidcock made a mistake in the descent. A mistake that saw Vanthourenhout going solo. The rider of Bingoal-Pauwels Sauzen had to gave his all to keep up a hunting Pidcock but managed to do so. For Vanthourenthout it’t his second ‘top’ win of the season.
“I place this victory just below or even at the same level at the European Championships in Namur. It was difficult to make a difference today, but in the technical parts I wasn’t necessarily stronger. It was hard to follow Pidcock on the climbs and it was hard to not make anymistakes, but I’m happy to finish it off. I hope to keep this shape a bit longer.”