Van der Poel wins second Cyclo-cross European Championship

Mathieu van der Poel shows off his medal

Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) rode a pitch-perfect race to take his second consecutive European cyclo-cross title. The Dutchman took the lead on lap two and never let it go, despite Wout van Aert (Belgium) closing the gap to 14 seconds on the final lap. Laurens Sweeck made it home in third place, giving Belgium two riders on the podium. Van der Poel came into the European Championships after a disastrous performance at the Koppenbergcross earlier in the week. However, he said that there was no panic and he stuck to his guns before the race. “It was a good race. After Koppenberg, I stayed calm and did what I had planned and the feeling was good today. The course here suits me. I rode it last year and it suits me well,” he said. “I think for now the Olympics is the future. In 2020, I will be focused ...

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