Mathieu van der Poel won the Flandriencross in Hamme a week before the World Cup for the fifth consecutive time. His big rival in the Wout van Aert crossed the line second.
Early in the race, Van der Poel built a nice lead over Van Aert, who started moderately. The Dutch world champion still had Michael Vanthourenhout with him at the time, but the Belgian had to quickly overboard. Van Aert moved to spot two and sometimes seemed to get closer to Van der Poel, but had to give up those few seconds. Thus the hands could be raised again at Van der Poel. Far behind the two great men in the cyccle-cross, Laurens Sweeck became third.
Cyclist Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado has written the Flandriencross in Hamme, Belgium. After five laps, the world champion arrived solo in a second orange-colored field ride. Denise Betsema finished second, Manon Bakker finished third.
Alvarado came to the fore in the second round alone after falling by fellow countrymen Lucinda Brand and Betsema. After that, the cyclist of Alpecin-Fenix held that lead and came with more than fifteen seconds ahead of the line. Betsema fought back to second place towards the end and entered Brand in the X2O trophy rankings, who crossed the line fourth.
Alvarado, just back from a training camp, came to the lead early alone without wanting to. “That was not the intention. I wanted to wait and see what the legs would be like,” she said. “I fell, and then Denise and Lucinda fell. All of a sudden, they were behind me for a few seconds, and then I thought this is the chance to go full and see how far I get. I was in acidification the whole time, but I was able to keep my speed.”
In view of next weekends Cyclocross World Championships in Ostend, Alvarado believes it is an important victory. “This is good and good courage.”