Dutch phenomenon triumphs at Koksijde as Briton Pidcock places 10th over-sand.
Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel continued his amazing 2019 bike dominance with his second consecutive 2019/2020 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup win at the Koksijde stop in Belgium. Here is all you need to know:
– Van der Poel sat out the first three rounds of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup season to focus on his road cycling, which paid off handsomely with a superb Tour of Britain victory in the wake of classic wins at Amstel Gold Race, Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl.
– The 24-year-old also pushed Swiss XCO legend Nino Schurter hard in the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup title race thanks to three victories and a second place.
– Back in cyclo-cross, Van der Poel came into the fifth round of the 2019/2020 World Cup season buoyed by his victory at last week’s Czech Republic stop in Tabor.
– He started badly this time around, however, stormed back to pass the whole field during a spectacular opening lap before pulling clear to win from Belgium’s Laurens Sweeck and Belgian champion Toon Aerts.
– He revealed: “It was definitely one of my best first laps ever. I got stuck behind a crash in the first corner and I wanted to take my time to get back to the front, but I felt immediately that I had really good legs. Before I knew it, I was back in second. I rode my own race. That’s always a good idea in the sand. It’s the easiest way.”
– It represents his 33rd consecutive cyclo-cross victory, including his 2019 World Championship title at Bogense back in February. He added: “Of course, one day I’m going to lose one. You can’t win them all. I’m already very proud of what I achieved the past few weeks.”