The cx have the EK in the Scottish Glasgow governed. Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel slipped on fifty kilometers from the finish with what turned out to be the right escape turned out to be. The cx gambled on their spurt but were knocked out by the Italian rider Matteo Trentin. Van Aert picked up bronze.
Under a gray and mostly wet heaven was the third european CHAMPIONSHIPS finished. The bad weather made for a tough match and there were mainly Belgians benefit from. The harder the competition, the better for the trio Of Aert, Stuyven and Van Avermaet.
The traditional early flight and drove quickly away with six riders. No big names, no big countries. In the peloton, it was Dries Van Gestel for the control made. The young Belgian held almost on his own, occasionally assisted by the French and the Italians, the gap with the escapees within the limits.
The favorites were a long time trying to lay low, the first that of did speak was Peter Sagan. Not with a demarrage, with a task. “I had too much burden from my fall in the Tour,” said the world champion afterwards. “My back and hip played me have always moved, and that was on this technical course is harmful. I’m now through Hamburg and the Vuelta a españa as well as possible to prepare for the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Innsbruck.”
The final was on eighty kilometers from the finish, was introduced by our countrymen. Jelle Wallays and Tosh Van der Sande took care of the gear, the door was clearly in the rear open in the peloton. Still got there no one really out of the clutches of the peloton.
Only fifty kilometres from the finish, it was serious. Our fellow countryman, Xandro Meurisse caught only in the attack, and had ten riders behind him, with Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel. The front sheet of the Note Liepins road with a puncture in the rear tyre. In the peloton, went on the block, the lead of the ten walked quickly to the minute.
Of Aert versus Van der Poel
It soon became clear that the winner in the front sat. With both Van der Poel, if Van Aert put the cx again under the spotlight, but they were allowed to the competition certainly not to be underestimated: the Italian Matteo Trentin won several tour de france stages and also the Swiss rider Albasini is a man with qualities. Also notable: with Mathieu van der Poel was also the reigning European champion in the field is in the leading group.
The riders at the front worked well together, made for Meurisse in the service of van Aert. It was in the final lap of fifteen kilometers, waiting for a first attack. Sensation, however, something less than ten kilometers. The Dutchman Lammertink could on the wet ground to keep his balance and went down. Van der Poel, Van Aert, Trentin and the Spaniard Herrada slipped through it, from the background and returned only the Italian Cimolai back. Who played knight or wrong and attacked. A moment was there doubt but Van der Poel and Van Aert decided to react anyway. There was the front seriously played poker but the top seemed to speculate on their spurtsnelheid. Both Van der Poel, if Van Aert are pretty fast but Trentin won last year on a range of Vuelta-stages in a sprint.