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A pure hattrick for Laurens Sweeck: third victory in a row at GP Neerpelt

50eeb1ee53961af53f339e51bb8bf117 - A pure hattrick for Laurens Sweeck: third victory in a row at GP Neerpelt

Laurens Sweeck has the GP Neerpelt for the third year in a row to his name. In the first round of the Soudal Classics, the three big top (Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Toon Aerts) absent, so the rest are likely smoke. Started to crank and someone tried the course to turn his hand, halfway was Laurens Sweeck that the contest in the decisive move explained. He has performed as a soloist handsome to victory, and scored a true hattrick by three times in a row to win in Neerpelt. The German champion Meisen seized the second place, David van der Poel completed the podium.

For the start, it was hard to have a favorite to choose. Without slokop Van der Poel and challengers Of Aert and Aerts was the victory up for grabs. Laurens Sweeck knew in 2016 and 2017 to win in Neerpelt, but found himself in advance not the man to beat. “I don’t ride my best season so far and have still not ‘super’ feeling. I aim to be on the stage, the trail should be me.”

In the initial phase was also searching for Laurens. Twin brother Diether did immediately notice. After the quick start from David van der Poel, Kevin Pauwels, he picked up the command, but he could not for separation concerns. That was also the duo Hermans-Van Kessel, who last went there even when lying down. Then there was more punch on the acceleration of Vanthourenhout, that a few men overboard threw. Laurens Sweeck went along, Quinten Hermans followed a short distance.

But then made Vanthourenhout a slip. Hermans had him dodging and Sweeck was left. The leader of Pauwels Sauces-Vastgoedservice depth his lead second per second. Behind him it was not Herman’s, but Meisen that pressure continued to be put. The German champion fought for what he was worth, and nibbled on the backlog.

Sweeck panikeerde not, however, and kept his own pace. In the last two rounds went back the difference over the ten seconds. Sweeck was clear and win as again in Neerpelt. The German champion Meisen surprised with a handsome second place.

– Rash –

1. Laurens Sweeck

2. Marcel Meisen

3. David van der Poel

4. Diether Sweeck

5. Tom Meeusen

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