Van der Poel romps to Namur victory

Mathieu van der Poel celebrates his win

A mud-clad Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) took his fourth consecutive World Cup win in Namur (Belgium) on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The European champion finished more than a minute ahead of Belgian riders Wout van Aert and Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) in the sixth World Cup round of the season. “It was good to feel well on a tough course, for once. In the past, I’ve struggled on these tough courses. I was keen to perform well in these conditions,” Van der Poel said in the post-race flash interview. The demanding course around the Namur citadel was the last major battleground where world champion Wout van Aert took a World Cup win, one year ago. Both Van Aert and Aerts skipped Saturday’s race in Sint-Niklaas, where Van der Poel took the win, and were expected to be fresher. It didn’t change a single thing as there were no ...

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