Mathieu van der Poel has been zegeteller to 100. The Dutchman was in the absence of Wout Van Aert unapproachable in Gullegem. Gianni Vermeersch offered the longest resistance, but had to do something after halfway, also the role solve problems, and be satisfied with the second place. The third podium place went to David van der Poel after a handsome remonte.
The usual question of the day was who can make the most of the resistance would be able to offer to Van der Poel. The European champion already had 99 victories on his palmares, and nobody had doubts that number 100 there was bound to be (all charges he himself, his two victories in the Masters-criterion). Without Van Aert and Aerts was the competition also a lot less than usual.
Van der Poel also started not as a comet, though he sat attentive in the front. After a round of he had together with Gianni Vermeersch, Jens Adams, and Dieter Vanthourenhout a gap struck on the rest. Adams and Van der Poel, the race, but when the European champion accelerated could only Vermeersch follow. They depths their lead systematically, after four rounds, the difference with the chasers 12 seconds.
Vanthourenhout and Boros seem to struggle to seat three, but in the background was David van der Poel to a strong remonte started and he had his sights aimed at the duo. After three quarters of a cross, he came then also connect, just after brother Mathieu Vermeersch had left at the head of the race. Van der Poel has performed as a soloist onbedreigd to his 100th victory in the pros, Vermeersch and his brother David laid attachment on the places two and three.
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1. Mathieu van der Poel
2. Gianni Vermeersch
3. David van der Poel