Small differences in the other categories in the Azencross. In the juniors, promises, and elite women, there was always a sprint for the victory. When the promises went even fifteen riders to the finish line. Hopeful. Finally an exciting match in the men's elite?
The answer to that question: no. Mathieu van der Poel lap the fastest out of the starting blocks and stops less than five minutes later, the resistance from the wheel. Exciting for the victory, it was not, however, in the standings. With a strong solo, the European champion, a throw back to the leadership position in the DVV Verzekeringen Trophy.
Show Aerts defended advance a lead of 57 seconds on Van der Poel. “It would be a small miracle if I lag in such a fast cross as Loenhout can bridge” was Van der Poel. That miracle looked like in the making, but thanks to a strong final lap kept Aerts (eleven seconds) z’n leidersplek. The Telenet Fidea cycling team Lion finished also as a third, Wout van Aert came in second.