Van der Poel solos to victory in Niel

Mathieu van der Poel wins

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won the second round of the DVV Trofee at Niel, attacking from an elite group three laps before the finish to take his eighth win of the season. Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) took second place, ten seconds back, while Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice) rounded off the podium, 36 seconds down. Initially going it alone on the second lap, van der Poel was caught by Aerts, Sweeck, and Aerts' teammate Lars van der Haar midway through the race. Both Sweeck and the Telenet men put on the pressure at various points, with van der Poel even hitting the deck at one point, but it was the Dutchman who would prevail, attacking for what turned out to be the final time later on. How it happened A fairly calm opening lap saw newly-recrowned European champion van der Poel take to the front of the field. At ...

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