Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions) took a improbable victory in spherical 4 of the Cyclocross World Cup.
Zonhoven welcomed the World Cup again to Europe in fashion, the solar shining on the world-famous sand dunes that make the course what it’s.
The lads’s ten-lap odyssey had the texture of an elimination race, the tempo ferocious from the beginning. The sphere stayed roughly collectively within the first double descent and climb of “The Ditch”, the one motion occurring off the again.
The primary actual transfer didn’t come till the second passage of the Heathland descent and climb – hairpin flip included – when the highly effective determine of Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) churned away from the elite choice up the sandy ramp. The Belgian spent a few laps off the entrance till he was tagged on lap 4 by a robust six-man chase, Toon Aerts simply catching again on after an earlier crash.
World Cup chief Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) then went solo, however the efforts of Lars van der Haar (Baloise Trek Lions) and Quinten Hermans (Tormans Circus) dragged the chasers again into play and introduced the lead group as much as six.
The final two laps have been affected by aggression, even because the fatigue started to indicate. The group stayed collectively by way of “The Ditch”, however then Aerts launched his assault, and by finish of the penultimate lap, he had a 22-second benefit.
Regardless of the livid chase behind, Aerts stayed away to take a defiant win on house soil. Ten seconds later, Van der Haar beat Iserbyt to second place, giving the Baloise Trek Lions two riders on the rostrum.