The New Zealander Samuel Gaze won in the South African Stellenbosch the first world cup race bike of the season. Gaze was stronger than world champion Nino Schürter. Mathieu van der Poel, who as the 47th started, made an impression with a handsome catching up and finished fourth.
A great feat was it, what Van der Poel in the first round, showed in Stellenbosch. The Dutchman was on the 47th place, but in the second round, he drove all coolly around in the group of leaders that six man was great.
A little after halfway had Van der Poel fit when beloftewereldkampioen Gaze the accelerator induwde. Schürter and the Frenchman Marotte could do but Gaze took in the sprint. A little more than a minute after the trio as Van der Poel as well as fourth over the finish line.
– Rash –
1. Samuel Gaze (Ur) in 1h30’14”
2. Nino Schürter (Sui) +1”
3. Maxime Marotte (Fra) + 2”
4. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) +1’10”
5. Titouan Carod (Fra) +1’27”