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Very Sweet win surprising in Lokeren, Of Aert hindered by bad luck

Daan Soete has the Brico Cross in Lokeren won. The 23-year-old rider of Pauwels Sauces-Vastgoedservice beating Laurens Sweeck and Toon Aerts. Mathieu van der Poel had to give up after a serious fall and was taken to the hospital disposed of.

The big question of the day in Lokeren: would Show Aerts, winner of the two Wereldbekermanches in Waterloo and Iowa City, with his comeback immediately Wout van Aert – who he is in both crosses defeated and Mathieu van der Poel fire to the shins? The world champion was already not so far, because Van Aert was immediately pace. At the end of round 1 went to the solid mass for a competitor Van der Poel: the Dutchman was bad down to the ankle, and was forced to give up. The European champion was with the ambulance removed.

Other favorites were not of accidents saved. Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Bingoal) drove a small lead, but then came to fall in exactly the same ditch as the Van der Poel; The signal for Van Aert to the throttle open to run, but the bad luck came when the world champion to visit: flat tire. So it could happen that Daan Soete (Pauwels Sauces-Vastgoedservice) plots at the head of the reed for Corné van Kessel (Telenet Fidea cycling team Lions).

The 23-year-old Soete kept in the front of handsome stand, while Wout van Aert in the background firmly had to chase. He eventually ended up in a group with Kessel, Laurens Sweeck, Gianni Vermeersch and Toon Aerts. With one effort began the world champion right away at the backlog to chew, but the engine faltered. Van Kessel and Vermeersch went overboard after a mistake of that last, which also Van Kessel crashed.

At the start of the final lap left Of Aert his co-pursuers Aerts and Sweeck drive. Front was Sweet until the finish, the focus fixed: for the 23-year-old is still only his third victory in the elite. Laurens Sweeck made it a one-two punch of for Pauwels Sauces-Vastgoedservice, the last spot on the podium was for Aerts. World champion Van Aert finished sixth.

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