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National titles in cyclo-cross for Van der Poel and Fox

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National titles in cyclo-cross for Van der Poel and Fox

Mathieu van der Poel is Sunday again Dutch champion cyclo-cross. The 21-year-old rider of Beobank-Corendon was supreme in Sint-Michielsgestel and picked up his third national title in a row. When the women went to the roodwitblauwe jersey to Marianne Vos.

Van der Poel hit the end of the last month of injuring his neck in a nasty fall during the Azencross in Loenhout. The national championships was his first race since that crash.

Van der Poel took Sunday together with Corné van Kessel quickly away from the rest of the field. Even before the cross was half-way up, also had Van Kessel the well-liked let go.

“I have the first two rounds just wait and eventually had to have one acceleration enough to make the difference”, looked at Van der Poel at Ziggo Sport back on the predictable cross.

“There were not many places to really. It was more drive from bend to bend.”

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A cyclo cross rider Mathieu van der Poel is Sunday in Sint-Michielsgestel for the third year in a row Dutch champion.
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The 21-year-old rider of Beobank-Corendon was as expected a class apart and drove most of the race on the muddy trail just ahead.
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Corné van Kessel picked up the silver.
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The bronze was for Joris Nieuwenhuis.
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Convenience

Despite the apparent ease with which he is to profit reed, wanted Van der Poel, his victory is not trivializing. “Everyone is doing there very easy, but you should still just do it. There are several things that can go wrong, though I knew from the first round that the faster could.”

Behind Van der Poel and Van Kessel drove the 20-year-old Joris Nieuwenhuis surprisingly into third place. He knew in the final stage Of Kessel to figure out, but who passed him shortly before the finish line is still.

Lars van der haar, the Dutch champion of 2013 and 2014, had to settle for fourth place.

World title

About three weeks, Van der Poel in Luxembourg do a throw to the world championship, probably in a duel with the Belgian winner Wout van Aert. “I’m already doing, it is the most important sweater. That I want back. But if it fails, I have, in any case, the roodwitblauw yet.”

Van Aert made Sunday to his role in the Belgian championship. He has performed as a soloist in Oostende to his second title.

Van Aert raced in the first round away from its competitors and made it a lonely race. Kevin Pauwels was the best of the rest and picked up silver. Laurens Sweeck croste to the bronze.

Fox

In the women’s was a Fox Sunday afternoon, by far the strongest. It is the sixth national title for the 29-year-old Brabant, who between 2011 and 2015 the best was.

Lucinda Brand reed in Sint-Michielsgestel to the second place, just in front of Sophie de Boer. World champion and titelverdedigster Talitha de Jong finished fifth, just after Maud Kaptheijns.

“This championship, after a little while away for me, it tastes extra sweet,” said Fox Ziggo Sport.

“I’ve worked hard for it. This is not falling from the sky. First, I have a good season run and then I am going to prepare for that racing.”

Fox was more than a year on the side through injuries and fatigue. She is now favourite for the world championship, where over three weeks in Luxembourg to be fought.

Fox captured in 2006 in Zeddam for the first time the rainbow jersey between 2009 and 2014, the international cyclo-cross control. With her seven world titles, she is record holder.

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