“I am not a man of numbers and statistics, but a hundred is a nice number,” said Mathieu van der Poel at the start of the first crossweekend of 2019. The Dutchman was in Gullegem on his 23rd its 100th profzege binnenrijven. The organizers had the opportunity already before the start the cake rock, but the cross itself, which had, as the saying goes ‘still held’.
Therein took Van der Poel in the absence of Wout van Aert, Toon Aerts and Michael Vanthourenhout of course the holeshot. Flying solo was not, however, immediately on West-Flemish ground. The European champion cannot tolerate Jens Adams, Dieter Vanthourenhout and Gianni Vermeersch after one round still in his wheel.
breakaway thickness, but was still widely beaten up by Van der Poel. The Dutch cycled a few times, pursuit by the sandpit and the rest had the brunt of it. There was only one after a quarter race tack: Gianni Vermeersch. The future team mate of Van der Poel by Corendon-Circus on the road had a brilliant day and the bite has long been stuck in the wheel of Van der Poel.
The resolve in spite of had Vermeersch after three quarters of competition, the role solve. In the sandbox, he had of the bike where Van der Poel was able to continue cycling. The Dutchman was with two laps to go and ready to celebrate. Vermeersch continued to respond, but at the finish loved der Poel, another five seconds to celebrate. As an extra addition if brother David van der Poel after a ferme catching up on the podium. Mission accomplished. Let that cake rise.
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