Wout van Aert took a convincing victory at the UCI World Cup in Dendermonde, finishing almost three minutes ahead of Mathieu Van der Poel. His victory sees van Aert taking over the World Cup series lead from Vanthourenhout as well.
Winter Storm Bella made it an extremely tough race, marked by ankle-deep mud and cold rain. The harsh weather conditions didn’t seem to bother van Aert, who quickly distanced himself from the rest of the field. His biggest rival was Van der Poel, but the World Champion was never able to bridge to an impressive Van Aert. He crossed the line with almost a three-minute advantage. Toon Aerts finished in third place, not far behind Van der Poel.
For van Aert it’s his second victory of the season. Today’s win earned him the white and red jersey of overall World Cup leader. The next round of the CX World Cup take place on January, 3 (Hulst) and January, 24 (Overijse).
Wout van Aert:
''The course worsened every lap. It was epic and I really enjoyed it. It didn’t make much sense to apply tactics. You just had to find a maintainable pace and apparently mine was higher than the rest. When I created the gap, it quickly became bigger and that was certainly good for my morale. The differences on such a course automatically become significant. On this course everyone is constantly giving everything. It’s not that I’m suddenly much better than the rest, but it's of course a confirmation that I am in good shape.”