There is no size on Mathieu van der Poel. The Dutchman rode in Koksijde onbedreigd to win, Wout van Aert and Toon Aerts, the leader in the world cup. Van Aert had mainly to reckon with a moderate start.
The first meters are often important, but especially in Koksijde can be the start of a decisive factor. Mathieu van der Poel started excellent in contrast to Van Aert who is only the sixth field indook. And that would influence. Of Aert faltered in the first bit of sand and had a five let drive off: Van der Poel, Van der haar, Van Kessel and the brothers Aerts. The other Belgians had their start missed.
After exactly five minutes dashed off Mathieu van der Poel, his last opponent, Lars van der haar, definitely from the wheel to begin his next onemanshow. The competitors realized quickly that accost are not the least bothered and concentrated on their own race.
Strong catching up
In the background began world champion Wout van Aert on a beautiful catching up. The Kempenaar rolled one by one his competitors, including the WB-leader Toon Aerts. The rider of Telenet-Fidea cycling team tried to crochet but finally had his competitor’s drive. Aerts concentrated mainly on the third place. Wout van Aert is still his biggest opponent in the world cup and a third place did Aerts on his favorite surface is not a bad thing in the battle for the world cup.
Mathieu van der Poel kept his opposition at large disadvantage, Wout van Aert proved with his second place and good lap times that the condition is not really bad and Show Aerts confirmed with his third place that he is ready for the world cup to win.