Mathieu van der Poel is still the unbeaten serial winner of the 2017/18 ’cross season. Also in the first race of the Super Prestige racing series in Gieten the Dutch Champion of Team Beobank-Corendon quickly took the lead on his STEVENS Super Prestige to start a solo ride after the first half lap.
In difference to his first victories the solo ride did not take long when after three laps World Champion Wout van Aert and other riders caught up, among them van der Poel’s team mate Tom Meeusen.
Intermediate attacks from Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus), also on STEVENS Super Prestige, and van Aert diminished the head group, though, so that only Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, Laurens Sweeck and Lars van der Haar remained.
Eventually Mathieu van der Poel went for a solo attack when he could break away three laps before the finish. Wout van Aert tried to catch up but he had to finish second in front of Laurens Sweeck.
”The race was much more thrilling than expected,” Mathieu van der Poel said after the race. ”You cannot win every race with a solo effort.” Yet, he wants to conserve his good form because winning as many races as possible is on his bucket list for the season. Tom Meeusen comes in 11th, David van der Poel 13th.