Mathieu van der Poel has also rolled up in Cyclocross Gullegem, good for his 100th victory in the field with the pros. Gianni Vermeersch went well with the European champion for a long time, but creaked in the sandbox. World champion Wout van Aert and Toon Aerts were not in West Flanders.
Only Vermeersch can join Van der Poel
Mathieu van der Poel did not start as a madman at the popular cross in Cyclocross Gullegem. The more than 1,000 VIPs saw the European champion watching the cat from the tree in the opening rounds.
Slightly beyond halfway Van der Poel was suddenly riebedebie. The Dutch all-rounder slipped perfectly through the sandbox and he was gone. Gianni Vermeersch, until then the only one who went well with Van der Poel, had to leave the bike and did not close the gap.
Van Der Poel kept the gap perfectly under control and drove unprecedentedly to his 100th victory in the field with the pros, and that at the age of 23. Vermeersch kept brother David van der Poel from second place.
“I am not a man of numbers and statistics, but a hundred is a nice number”, he says. Van der Poel himself does not include his two ‘gifts’ in the Masters Cyclocross Gullegem in Waregem (2015 and 2018) due to non-official. Small nuance therefore: the 100th victory in a UCI-profcross is only possible on 13 January in the Dutch Championship in Huijbergen, provided victory in Cyclocross Gullegem and the Brussels Universities Cyclocross of Sunday (7th moto DVV Trophy). The European champion already informed about the final score that Sven Nys was stranded in 2016. “292? (laughs) Just to go then. “
Wout van Aert will not get in the way of his big competitor this weekend. The world champion will suit Cyclocross Gullegem and Brussels and will start working 666 kilometers away on Sunday in Brittany. Van Aert will be the big eye-catcher in the Cyclo-Cross International de La Mézière, twelve kilometers north of Rennes. Vermeersch, Hermans, Cleppe and Baestaens are also starting there.