In the Dutch Hulst, just over the Belgian border in Zeeland Flanders, is Sunday the third edition of the Vestingcross place. The 24-year-old Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel won the first two editions and is again the big favourite.
The world champion will receive opposition from, among others, Show Aerts, Laurens Sweeck and Michael Vanthourenhout. In the women’s cross Sanne Cant, Annemarie Sausage, Denise Betsema and Laura Verdonschot swords.
Both the start and finish area are located on the Glacisweg of Holly. The circulation is 2,900 meters long and very varied, with a lot of natural and artificial obstacles. The trail is characterized by the strips on and along the historic ramparts, the passage about the ancient city gate and a passage to the old flour mill. As Van der Poel Saturday wins in Middelkerke, he may in Hulst, his 32nd victory of the season books.
“It would be nice to have for a third time to win in Hulst. The race will be held in an incredibly beautiful setting, the audience is fantastic. This contest should have a fixed value.”
Last year was Van de Poel, Laurens Sweeck and Tom Meeusen. At women the victory was for Laura Verdonschot, Ellen Van Loy and the Dutch Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado leaving.