On the fast course in Bogense, there was advance only one current winner: Mathieu van der Poel. Logical also. The youngest son of Adrie dominates for a while, the veldritsport. “In the past years, it was Mathieu is the man to beat, but I was world champion,” said Wout van Aert. “I believe in miracles.”
After twenty minutes of course, there seemed to be a miracle, no question. Van der Poel hit a gap of six seconds after a great passage on the bevel. Away tension, normally. But there, thought Of Aert today. Our fellow countryman took hold of the Dutchman actually got. A phenomenal effort, a mental tap to Van der Poel.
A duel seemed in the making, but our northern neighbour picked up in the following passage on the oblique strip again with a klasseflits. Van Aert made in addition to a scrubber and had so again a gap of three seconds to close. But those three seconds were there six, six, eleven. The bird was going to fly.
In the background was Toon Aerts in the second part of his improved legs. The Belgian champion started a catching up and saw suddenly Van Aert riding. In the final stage, he had him going to get. ’t Was still exciting to spot two. The robbertje was ultimately, after a late crash of Aerts won by Van Aert. But the top prize went to a handsome solo for a supreme Van der Poel. The rightful world champion. Hat off.
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