Cycling: 10 victories, king in the Van der Poel kingdom

10/10 is Mathieu Van der Poel’s impressive circular cross statistic. The Dutch rider became the king of cyclo-cross with his 10th victory this Sunday in Zonhoven, Belgium. A race in which Van der Poel dominated head and shoulders.

Dutchman Mathieu Van der Poel achieved his 10th victory in ten races this winter by winning Zonhoven (Belgium), the 12th round of the World Cup specialization in cyclo-cross this Sunday.

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The double road and cross world champion made his attack on the sandy track in the fourth of eight laps, paving the way strongly in a sector where his rivals had to jump off their bikes to follow on foot.

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van der Poel as Master

He eventually beat compatriot Joris Nieuwenhuis by 20 seconds. Belgian Laurens Sweeck completed the podium, 22 seconds behind the insatiable MVDP.

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In the cyclo-cross World Cup, where Van der Poel did not compete in all rounds, Belgian Eli Iserbyt, who ranked 6th on Sunday, continues to lead.

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Van der Poel’s big Belgian rival, Wout Van Aert, was left behind this season by bushes and ruts and skipped Sunday’s race. Briton Tom Pidcock was also absent.

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