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Wout van Aert benefits from the absence of Mathieu van der Poel and picks up second victory of the season in Bredene

Wout van Aert has the Sylvestercross in Bredene won. The world champion won ahead of Quinten Hermans and Jens Adams. For Van Aert, it was his second victory of the veldritseizoen, after he on October 18, all in Ardooie won.

No Mathieu van der Poel. No Toon Aerts. For Wout van Aert was on paper an ideal opportunity to finally cross to win. The world champion took not a brilliant start and camped in the play-in game around place ten, while the front of another Van der Poel – David, the brother of Mathieu – the pace. In round two came From Aert connecting in the front. A large leading group was formed, which occasionally, the tree was shaken. That did include Daan Soete, Thijs Aerts and Jens Adams.

The attack of Jens Adams in round four turned out to be the good. He got Quinten Hermans in the wheel, while Van Aert in the chase, a mistake was made. The world champion came in the fall, and suddenly Van Aert awake: the gap with the two leaders fell at an alarming rate. Gianni Vermeersch could accost, Laurens Sweeck was something more complicated. But eventually, the trio still connecting at Adams and Hermans, causing a breakaway of five riders was formed.

Of Aert overschouwde the situation, but on four laps from the end considered the world champion of his time. The world champion took off and never looked more look back. Quinten Hermans tried yet, but accost had no meaning: Of Aert rode quickly a lead of more than ten seconds. The battle was fought.

The battle for the remaining podium places was even more exciting in the slotrondes: Gianni Vermeersch, Laurens Sweeck, Jens Adams, and Quinten Hermans made each other’s lives miserable. In the final lap, it was Adams that the fire to the wick lit, although he had a dip knew. Little by little, drove the riders of Pauwels Sauces-Vastgoedservice way. Vermeersch and Hermans tried: only Hermans was able to return.

Wout van Aert was extended to celebrate the front. Adams eventually had to have sprint against Hermans and had therein narrowly beaten by the rider of the Telenet Fidea cycling team Lions. Sweeck was fourth, Vermeersch fifth.

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