Total domination by Mathieu van der Poel at the Cyclo-Cross European Championships held in Tábor (Czech Republic). The strong Dutch rider, who is having a "perfect season" (as Van der Poel himself said after the finish), triumphed on the same circuit where he won the World Champion title in 2015. A great show of strength in which he dominated right from the start.
Competing as one of the favourites, Van der Poel set a particularly fast pace from the beginning and then continued alone right from the first lap crossing the finish line 23’’ ahead of his compatriot, Lars Van der Haar and 1.23” ahead of the European Champion titleholder, the Belgian, Toon Aerts.
For Van der Poel, already a winner in his career of two Juniors European Championships, this is his first continental title in the most important category.
This action-packed day in Tábor then went on to host the Elite Women’s race and the result was also as expected in this category with a win by the Belgian, Sanne Cant. After swiftly responding to all attacks, the World Champion was involved in a head to head battle in the final with the Dutch rider, Lucinda Brand who finished second place in the sprint. In third was the Italian, Alice Maria Arzuffi.
The next edition of the Cyclo-Cross European Championships will be held in Rosmalen (Netherlands) on 4 and 5 November 2018.
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