Vanthourenhout shines with Van der Poel away from the podium

Michael Vanthourenhout, continental champion, clearly prevailed in the tenth round of the Cyclocross World Cup calendar. The Belgian was clearly the best on the Italian snow of Val di Sole and crossed the finish line alone after breaking away without company halfway through the race (eight laps). With a time of less than 58 minutes (57:59), Vanthourenhout had time to shake hands with the fans before crossing the finish line, since his final advantage was 39 seconds over his compatriot Niels Vandeputte, who was the only one who resisted him during several sections in the first part of the race. . Third place went to the Swiss Kevin Kuhn, who celebrated in style after beating the Belgian Laurens Sweeck in the sprint, who continues to lead the general of the World Cup.

Van der Poel already knows what it is to win this year in the World Cup, but after a few days of preparation in Spain with his team, Alpecin, with the road bike, this time he did not find the sensations of past weeks and had to settle for eighth position. He did not take excessive risks as it was a very technical circuit and any mistake could take you to the ground, as unfortunately happened to the Belgian Eli Iserbyt. In a descent he lost control and left the test on a stretcher. Josep Termens, the only Spaniard present (Felipe Orts won a test of the Spanish Cyclocross Cup this Saturday), was 45th. The next World Cup appointment will be on December 26, in Gavere (Belgium), where the fans will surely be large. Van Aert, Van der Poel and Pidcock will be, in principle, from the game.

Scare with Van Empel

In the female modality, Van Empel collided collided with a pole, remained lying on the ground and was removed on a stretcher. “We hear the creak up here. It gives me goosebumps,” said Bart Wellens, Tormans CX Team sporting director.. The leader of the World Cup also fell hours before while she recognized the route. It is not yet clear what the exact damage to Van Empel is, who remains the leader in the World Cup as he will undergo further testing in the Netherlands. The victory went to the also Dutch Puck Pieterse. Sara Cueto was the 39th.

General classification of the men's World Cup

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General classification of the men’s World Cup

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