Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea cycling team Lions) is as big winner from the American section of the world Cup cyclo-cross come. The former European champion was after his victory in Waterloo last week, is now also the best in Iowa City. Wout van Aert had for the second time in a row to satisfy with place two, the last spot on the podium was Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Bingoal).
The contrast with last year could hardly be higher for the Wereldbekercross in Iowa. When was the veldritwereldje plagued by a heat wave with temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius. This year, the mercury is a lot lower: in chilly temperatures of 15 °C gave the riders something Vlaamser again – and, consequently, also a Vlaamser track for the wheels pushed. It made it easier for that there are far less people present along the route, compared to the cross last week in Waterloo.
Twice a second
Wout van Aert, the last few weeks is invariably in the media after his contract with Crelan-Charles, seemed to be already to relax to the start. “I have a good week here. Clothes, bikes: everything is completely fine”, was the. And with two second places in Geraardsbergen and Waterloo in the back pocket wanted the world champion but one thing in Iowa: win.
Van Aert showed immediately a good set of legs to have a good start, although he got a contingent of riders from the Telenet Fidea cycling team Lions around. Thereof, there was one above the rest: Toon Aerts, a former European champion and last week oververdiend winner in Waterloo. Van Aert came here only on head after Lars van der haar, a mistake made, but Aerts closed the gap. The wereldbekerleider and the world champion went on an adventure together.
After two laps had Aerts and Van Aert already 19 seconds ahead of the first pursuers, Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Bingoal) and Quinten Hermans (Telenet Fidea cycling team Lions). The rest of the pack could not follow and looked after three laps, all at a lag of three quarters of a minute. Daan Soete, Laurens Sweeck (both Pauwels Sauces-Vastgoedservice), Corné van Kessel (Telenet Fidea cycling team Lions) and Tim Merlier (Crelan-Charles) were the first pursuers.
Halfway through the race, at the start of round five of the eight, let Vanthourenhout its competitor Hermans on the spot. The rider of the Telenet Fidea cycling team Lions, last year still very good third in Iowa, gave, however, not just on. A lap later it happened also in the front of the turnaround: on a slippery portion of the trail drove From Aert. Aerts looked not to and hit prompt a gap of a few seconds. Van Aert tried, but the bird was going to fly with two laps to go looked at the world champion at a lag of 15 seconds.
The Maximum points
That 15 seconds, there were already 30, so Aerts in the slot, not much fear had to have it. A second Wereldbekerzege in a short time, so for the former European champion, with the maximum of the points to Europe return. Although it remains the lead on Aert, who at 52 seconds as the second finished, low. Michael Vanthourenhout managed Quinten Hermans to hold them off and gave Marlux-Bingoal such a beautiful podium.
1) Toon Aerts
2) Wout van Aert
3) Michael Vanthourenhout
4) Quinten Hermans
5) Corné Van Kessel
6) Tim Merlier
7) Kevin Pauwels
8) Eli Iserbyt
9) Laurens Sweeck
10) Daan Soete