Kevin Pauwels has the Kasteelcross of Zonnebeke won. The rider of Marlux-Bingoal reed in the penultimate round away from a strong Tom Pidcock and picked up his second victory of the season.
No Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, or Show Aerts in Zonnebeke. Also the other riders in the Belgian selection for the upcoming world cup gave forfait. And so were Kevin Pauwels, Tim Merlier and Lars Boom, who last cross of the winter reed, their chance to find themselves in the spotlight to drive. But it was beloftenrenner Tom Pidcock from the start with most of the attention went away. The young, British talent drove in the second competition in a hole, but by a slipper on the muddy trail in Zonnebeke could have the rest back.
To the mid anyway. When the lead group swelled to seven riders considered Pidcock, the time has come for a serious lap, just at the time that two-time winner Wietse Bosmans by a flat tire all the opportunities on a hattrick in smoke saw go up. Pidcock reed afterwards, the opposition is on disadvantage, except for Kevin Pauwels. The rider of Marlux-Bingoal remained good in the neighborhood of the leader, and by a mistake of the Briton on the beams could Pauwels also come and join.
And Pauwels made short work of his British opponent. Not long after his connection, he drove all the way, on the way to his second victory of the season. Earlier he won also in Hasselt. Pidcock was clever second,