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MEULEBEKE, Belgium—On what might be best described as a Disneyland of a cyclocross course, reigning Euroepan Cyclocross Champs Sanne Cant (Iko Beobank) and teammate Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon – Circus) celebrated their return to European cyclocross racing with dramatic UCI C2 wins at the 2018 Brico Cross in Meulebeke.

The Brico Cross course was jammed packed with almost every cyclocross feature imaginable, with countless flyovers, two parallel Azencross-style pump sections, tight off-camber zig-zags, a long, barely rideable sand pit (if you are Van der Poel or Laurens Sweeck), and hoppable barriers.

The technical, fast course made for tight racing in the women’s race, with Cant bouncing back from a fifth place at the 2018 Jingle Cross World Cup to edge out Ellen van Loy (Telenet Fidea), Loes Sels (Pauwels Sauzen – Vastgoedservice) and teammate Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado (Corendon – Circus) for the win.

American Elle Anderson (Milwaukee – Alpha Motorhomes) finished in sixth, 52 seconds back.

The men’s race featured four contenders, followed by massive chase packs for much of the race.

Van der Poel, despite a brief break from racing after the mountain bike world championships, was his usual aggressive self early, drawing out new Cibel-Celon signee Wout van Aert, Quinten Hermans (Telenet Fidea) and Eli Iserbyt (Marlux – Bingoal).

Just three laps in, Van der Poel opened up a gap that hovered around ten seconds, but the chasing three kept him in sight for much of the race, and even narrowed it down to eight seconds with just two laps to go.

Then Van der Poel rode the entire sand pit for the first time all race, opening his gap back up to 13 seconds, and leaving the others to settle for second.

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📸 Photopress.be – Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) celebrated his return to European cyclocross racing with a dramatic UCI C2 win at the 2018 Brico Cross in Meulebeke. Wout Van Aert finished second as Quinten Hermans (Telenet-Fidea) finished third. – Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) celebró su regreso a las carreras europeas de ciclocross con una victoria dramática en el Brico Cross de 2018 en Meulebeke. Wout Van Aert terminó segundo mientras Quinten Hermans (Telenet-Fidea) terminó tercero. – Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) a célébré son retour dans le cyclo-cross européen avec une victoire spectaculaire de l'UCI C2 au Brico Cross 2018 à Meulebeke. Wout Van Aert a terminé deuxième alors que Quinten Hermans (Telenet-Fidea) finissait troisième. – #BricoCross #BricoCross18 #BricoCross2018 @mathieuvanderpoel @corendoncircus

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Van Aert dropped his companions and returned to his familiar position as next-best, just as he finished at the U.S. World Cups.

Hermans finished third while Iserbyt faded late to finish fourth.

Full results below. Stay tuned for coverage from Charm City and West Sacramento GP.

2018 Brico Cross Meulebeke Results - Elite Women

RankBIBLast NameFirst NameCountryTeamAgeResult
11CANTSanneBELCORENDON - CIRCUS280:42:33
23VAN LOYEllenBELTELENET FIDEA LIONS380:42:33
32SELSLoesBELPAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE330:42:33
44DEL CARMEN ALVARADOCeylinNEDCORENDON - CIRCUS200:42:33
56VERDONSCHOTLauraBELMARLUX - BINGOAL220:42:44
65ANDERSONElleUSA300:43:25
77VANDERBEKENJoyceBEL340:43:47
836WITLOXLizzyNED230:44:01
938BAKKERManonNED190:44:01
1032VAN ANROOIJLindyNED220:44:07
1111BELLAERTAxelleBEL210:44:13
1231VAN ALPHENAniekNED190:44:38
1310DELHAYEPaulineFRA290:44:45
148NORBERT RIBEROLLEMarionFRA190:44:54
1530TRUYENMartheBELTELENET FIDEA LIONS190:44:54
1612MAESShanaBEL230:45:38
1725GOOSSENSVeerleNED250:45:57
1813PEETERSJinseBELPAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE190:46:03
1914MULDERMaschaNED240:46:19
2035VOSMarliesNED170:46:24
219VERHESTRAETENKarenBEL270:46:47
2224DOBBELAEREJanaBEL220:47:00
2315VERMEIRAurélieBEL260:47:09
2428NOBUSAnjaBEL440:47:19
2519VAN LOYTessBEL170:47:36
2627KUIJPERElodieNED180:47:41
2720ALLARTOcéaneFRA180:47:47
2818MICHELSLaureBEL180:48:16
2937ZWAENEPOELTessaBEL170:48:32
3016VAN DE PUTTEKimBEL340:48:43
3133VAN LOMMELYentheBEL160:49:13
3222BOONENValerieBEL250:49:33
3323DE VOSNeleBEL200:49:42
3429ROMBOUTSTineBEL18-1 LAP
3534VAN WATERSCHOOTFamkeNED17-1 LAP
3621BLANCHAERTJoBEL48-3 LAPS
17DE BRUYNEMegBEL22DNF
26HARINCKTiger-LilBEL16DNF

2018 Brico Cross Meulebeke Results - Elite Men

RankBIBLast NameFirst NameCountryTeamAgeResult
12VAN DER POELMathieuNEDCORENDON - CIRCUS231:01:23
21VAN AERTWoutBEL241:01:31
342HERMANSQuintenBELTELENET FIDEA LIONS231:01:38
45ISERBYTEliBELMARLUX - BINGOAL211:02:01
54SWEECKLaurensBELPAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE251:02:17
67VERMEERSCHGianniBELSTEYLAERTS - 777261:02:21
713AERNOUTSJimBELTELENET FIDEA LIONS291:02:23
811SOETEDaanBELPAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE241:02:32
98MERLIERTimBELCRELAN - CHARLES261:02:40
109VAN DER HAARLarsNEDTELENET FIDEA LIONS271:02:54
1114MEEUSENTomBELCORENDON - CIRCUS301:03:07
1224NIEUWENHUISJorisNED221:03:09
1317BOSMANSWietseBELSTEYLAERTS - 777271:03:09
1410VANTHOURENHOUTDieterBELMARLUX - BINGOAL331:03:17
153VANTHOURENHOUTMichaelBELMARLUX - BINGOAL251:03:17
1634VANDEPUTTENielsBEL181:04:30
1720FERDINANDEAntonBEL181:04:33
1819DERVEAUXNielsBELTARTELETTO - ISOREX211:04:42
1931VANDEBOSCHVictorBELPAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE201:05:04
2016ALDERWEIRELDRobinBEL221:05:04
2127TIELENDarioBEL241:05:04
2236VERDONCKAndresBEL181:05:11
2325PAUWELSTijlBELMARLUX - BINGOAL201:05:47
2428UYTDEWILLIGENIngmarBELTARTELETTO - ISOREX271:05:54
2538GOOSENWouterBEL321:06:02
2637WILLEMYNSMathieuBEL281:06:11
2741PEETERSYannickBELPAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE221:06:18
2839AUVINClémentFRA20-1 LAP
2921KOYENNielsBEL27-2 LAPS
3033VANDENHEEDEBrechtBEL23-2 LAPS
3122KUYPERSGerbenBELTARTELETTO - ISOREX18-2 LAPS
3229VAN COMPERNOLLEKennethBELTARTELETTO - ISOREX30-2 LAPS
3340TAKENOUCHIYuJPN30-4 LAPS
3432VANDENBROUCKENielsBEL21-4 LAPS
3523MARKIEWICZMikolajPOL25-8 LAPS
6CLEPPENicolasBELTELENET FIDEA LIONS23DNF
15GODRIEStanNEDCRELAN - CHARLES25DNF
30VAN DE KERCKHOVENickBELTARTELETTO - ISOREX22DNF