At the 2018 Krawatencross in Lille, a number of top racers lined up looking for a chance at redemption.

For Mathieu van der Poel (Circus Corendon), it was a chance to show his third at the World Championships was simply an ill-timed off day, perhaps partially due to the beginning of an illness that caused him to miss Parkcross Maldegem on Wednesday.

For Laurens Sweeck (ERA Circus), it was another chance to show that his five flat tires at Valkenburg-Limburg kept him from contending for the win.

For Kevin Pauwels (Marlux Bingoal), it was a chance to show that he deserved to be on the Belgian Worlds team.

From the gun, it was clear Van der Poel was on a mission and out to avoid the late-race drama and a Lille Rubbin’ of the 2017 edition. Last year’s race became a must-watch instaclassic, regardless of a bit of mud-induced wheel spin, but Van der Poel was hoping to avoid the exciting five-man last-lap battle that delighted fans.

Van der Poel sprinted out to grab the holeshot and never looked back, putting 10 seconds into a chasing Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea) on lap one, and increasing his gap by an average of 10 seconds per lap for the next four laps.

Aerts was eventually reeled in by a large chasing group, and then Sweeck gave it go, but it was far too late. Van der Poel was gone and not letting up, despite being in complete control of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series overall before the day’s start.

Tim Merlier (Crelan Charles) would outsprint Sweeck for second.

Mathieu van der Poel takes 2018 DVV Lille Krawatencross.

Mathieu van der Poel takes 2018 DVV Lille Krawatencross.

Three-time World Champion Wout van Aert (Crelan Charles) featured in the chase group, but never made the front of the race. [See Van Aert’s Worlds-winning Felt FRDx here.]

Notes:

Four Americans took the start, with Kerry Werner (Kona) in 26th, Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz – Donkey Label) in 28th, Eric Thompson in 36th (MSpeedwax.com) and Tyler Cloutier (Renewed Cyclocross) in 45th.

German Marcel Meisen crashed going down the flyover, and sat on the descent for a minute to gather himself. Meisen did not finish.

2018 DVV Lille Krawatencross.

2018 DVV Lille Krawatencross.

Full results below.

2018 DVV Lille Krawatencross Results: Elite Men - DVV Verzekeringen Trofee Series

RankBIBLast NameFirst NameCountryTeamGenderAgeResult
12VAN DER POELMathieuNEDCORENDON - CIRCUSM231:01:42
210MERLIERTimBELCRELAN - CHARLESM261:02:20
34SWEECKLaurensBELERA-CIRCUSM251:02:22
43PAUWELSKevinBELMARLUX - BINGOALM341:02:39
59VAN DER HAARLarsNEDTELENET FIDEA LIONSM271:02:54
68AERTSToonBELTELENET FIDEA LIONSM251:03:02
75VAN KESSELCorneNEDTELENET FIDEA LIONSM271:03:12
81VAN AERTWoutBELCRELAN - CHARLESM241:03:30
96MEEUSENTomBELCORENDON - CIRCUSM301:03:45
107VANTHOURENHOUTMichaelBELMARLUX - BINGOALM251:04:13
1113AERNOUTSJimBELTELENET FIDEA LIONSM291:04:27
1211VERMEERSCHGianniBELSTEYLAERTS - BETFIRSTM261:04:27
1346CLEPPENicolasBELTELENET FIDEA LIONSM231:04:43
1417VANTHOURENHOUTDieterBELMARLUX - BINGOALM331:04:43
1514ADAMSJensBELPAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICEM261:04:57
1616BAESTAENSVincentBELM291:05:27
1712BOROŠMichaelCZEPAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICEM261:05:37
1823MERLIERBraamBELSTEYLAERTS - BETFIRSTM241:05:41
1924ORTS LLORETFelipeESPGINESTAR - DELIKIAM231:06:02
2031HUYSStijnBELM321:06:32
2122VAN DER POELDavidNEDCORENDON - CIRCUSM261:06:59
2228UYTDEWILLIGENIngmarBELTARTELETTO - ISOREXM271:07:13
2321ADAMSJoeriBELM291:07:23
2433SWEECKHendrikBELM261:07:29
2543VERHEYENOnnoBELM241:07:37
2639WERNERKerryUSAM271:07:50
2751RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBAÑEZJavierESPM391:07:51
2849ORTENBLADTobinUSAM241:07:52
2919PEETERSRobBELPAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICEM331:08:10
3027VAN COMPERNOLLEKennethBELTARTELETTO - ISOREXM301:08:26
3125VAN LEEUWENPatrickNEDM33-1 LAP
3236TIELENDarioBELM24-1 LAP
3326GYSJensBELM29-1 LAP
3438LEAERTSYelleBELM24-2 LAPS
3532VAN DEN HAMMichaelCANGARNEAU-EASTON p/b TRANSITIONS LIFECAREM26-2 LAPS
3657THOMPSONEricUSAM29-2 LAPS
3735PRUVOTNicolasFRAM23-2 LAPS
3830DE WITEdwinBELM35-3 LAPS
3942KOYENNielsBELM27-3 LAPS
4048MCCONNELLMarkCANM30-3 LAPS
4134GOOSENWouterBELM32-3 LAPS
4250KAISEJulienBELM23-3 LAPS
4355VEESTRAETENSieënBELM27-4 LAPS
4444DE BOCKJelleBELM25-4 LAPS
4545CLOUTIERTylerUSAM29-4 LAPS
4652MEELBERGHSPieterBELM30-4 LAPS
4747OGERVincentBELM24-5 LAPS
15SOETEDaanBELTELENET FIDEA LIONSM24DNF
20BOSMANSWietseBELERA-CIRCUSM27DNF
29SWEECKDietherBELM25DNF
37WILLEMYNSMathieuBELM28DNF
41ESTEBAN AGUEROIsmaelESPGINESTAR - DELIKIAM35DNF
53MEISENMarcelGERSTEYLAERTS - BETFIRSTM29DNF
54PAULFelixGERM36DNF
56HOEYBERGHSDaanBELSTEYLAERTS - BETFIRSTM24DNF