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by Mathias Dewaelsche

After Tom Pidcock and Sanne Cant won the earlier races in the day at Krawatencross Lille, could Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon Circus) deliver a rare triple rainbow sighting for the fans?

Lille has been the site of beautiful duels, but someone would need to fill Wout van Aert’s role on the day as the former world champion competed for the final time of the season last Wednesday.

Duel or no duel, the last DVV cross of the season was on tap. Except for the Koppenbergcross, Van der Poel won every single DVV cross, with wins in Niel, Hamme, Antwerp, Loenhout, Baal and Brussels.

Despite finishing more than 4 minutes behind on the Koppenberg, Van der Poel had the lead in the DVV trofee with a 58-second advantage on Belgian champion Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea). Could he keep up his winning ways with a 29th victory of the season?

Once the gun fired, Belgian Quinten Hermans (Telenet Fidea) showed he was motivated, taking the holeshot. The Van der Poel brothers followed in second and third position. Aerts also had a good start and followed in fourth position.

Not everyone was fast off the line. Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen–Vastgoedservice) and former U23 world champion Eli Iserbyt (Marlux Bingoal) were quickly caught in traffic.

Halfway into the first lap, on a long straight before a right turn into the woods, Van der Poel put in a massive acceleration and was clear in a blink of an eye. Was that the race?

At the intermediate point, the chasing group, led by Joris Nieuwenhuis (Sunweb), was already six seconds behind. At the end of the first of eight laps, Van der Poel still had a six-second advantage with only Nieuwenhuis within sight.

In the second lap, Aerts took the lead in the group behind Nieuwenhuis. He pulled Vanthourenhout, Hermans, Van Kessel and Van der Haar back on Nieuwenhuis’ wheel.

At the intermediate point Van der Poel took the 2500€ prize. At the end of the second lap he had a 13-second advantage on Hermans. The rest were seeing their chances of victory get churned up in the sand ahead.

Despite the barriers on the course being only 30 cm tall, Van der Haar crashed in the third lap when he tried to bunnyhop over the second barrier. At the end of the third lap Van der Poel had a 19 seconds advantage on sole chaser Hermans.

The group behind Hermans now consisted of eight men and was 34 seconds behind on Van der Poel. Vanthourenhout was the first one to raise the pace. Only Van Kessel followed the racer from Western Flanders, until Van Kessel crashed entering the second pit area. Technical problems added to Van Kessel’s problems, and suddenly, Vanthourenhout was the new sole chaser. At the end of the fourth lap he was 32 seconds behind on Van der Poel.

At the beginning of the fifth lap, Van der Poel showed he’s human by crashing, giving the chasers hope. The gap was down to 20 seconds. In the meantime, van der Haar recovered well from his crash on the barriers and took the lead in the group chasing Vanthourenhout. The chasing group now consisted of seven riders: Aerts, Sweeck, Nieuwenhuis, Van der Haar, Vanthourenhout, Jim Aernouts and David van der Poel. A little later Daan Soete and unlucky ones Hermans and Van Kessel joined the chasing group.

At the end of the sixth lap the ten-strong chasing group was almost 40 seconds behind. Then Aerts decided to take the lead in the chasing group. He set a high pace that only Vanthourenhout was able to maintain.

Van der Poel entered the last lap with a 21-second advantage on Aerts and Vanthourenhout. Apparently, Van der Poel dropped his pace a little.

In the last lap Vanthourenhout shed Aerts, and sprinted down the finishing straight with the leader in sight. But up front, the rainbow parade was reaching its finale. Van der Poel soft-pedaled and celebrated another extension to his win streak, and remained undefeated in his 2019 rainbow jersey.

Van der Poel found the pot of golde by winning the DVV trofee. Toon Aerts finished second in the final classification with a 1 minute 26 seconds arrear and Vanthourenhout third, behind 5 minutes and 50 seconds.

Six North Americans took the start. Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano) finished 30th, Eric Thompson (Molten Speedwax) finished 35th, Michael van den Ham 36th (Garneau Easton p/b Transitions Life Care), Andrew Juiliano (Grit World Racing) 39th, Dylan Postier 42nd (Garneau Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare), and Tyler Cloutier 43rd.

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Well, I wanted that lead lap finish at Maldegem (didn't happen), so today I made it happen at #Krawatencross Lille! Stoked to have the form to feel powerful and confident on these courses, especially when MVDP is running away with the race at the front. I'm excited to think about how there are still so many things to improve on, but I consider this another step in the right direction😆….so I will definitely be happy for now, woop! 🙌 Tomorrow we give up the speed in the sand, for tractor pulling in the mud at #Hoogstraten. Check out the live stream on the GCN Facebook! 🔥photos by 📸: @arrieredupeloton ▪▪▪ ▪🔥 @Mspeedwax #mspeedwax #moltenspeedwax #nooil 🔥▪ @BorahTeamwear #borahteamwear #borah #borahclothing ▪ @hedwheels #hedwheels ▪@iamspecialized #iamspecialized ▪ @crankbrothers #crankbrothers ▪ @Topeak #topeak ▪ @nuunhydration #nuunlife ▪#praxis @PraxisWorks▪ @LibertyBicycles #libertybicyclesavl

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Full results below.

Featured photo: 2015 Koksijde, B. Hazen

2019 DVV Krawatencross Lille Results: Elite Men

RankBIBLast NameFirst NameCountryAgeResultUCI Team
11VAN DER POELMathieuNED241:03:29CORENDON - CIRCUS
25VANTHOURENHOUTMichaelBEL261:03:38MARLUX - BINGOAL
32AERTSToonBEL261:03:42TELENET FIDEA LIONS
44VAN DER HAARLarsNED281:03:43TELENET FIDEA LIONS
53SWEECKLaurensBEL261:03:43PAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE
611VAN DER POELDavidNED271:03:45CORENDON - CIRCUS
77VAN KESSELCorneNED281:03:46TELENET FIDEA LIONS
816NIEUWENHUISJorisNED231:03:46
942HERMANSQuintenBEL241:04:00TELENET FIDEA LIONS
1018AERNOUTSJimBEL301:04:04TELENET FIDEA LIONS
1154SOETEDaanBEL251:04:17PAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE
1217ORTS LLORETFelipeESP241:04:36DELIKIA - GINESTAR
1314BOROŠMichaelCZE271:04:45CREAFIN TÜV SUD
146PAUWELSKevinBEL351:04:51MARLUX - BINGOAL
1512ADAMSJensBEL271:04:53PAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE
1620AERTSThijsBEL231:04:54TELENET FIDEA LIONS
179MEEUSENTomBEL311:04:56CORENDON - CIRCUS
1843CLEPPENicolasBEL241:05:12TELENET FIDEA LIONS
1921VANTHOURENHOUTDieterBEL341:05:21MARLUX - BINGOAL
208ISERBYTEliBEL221:05:35MARLUX - BINGOAL
2133UYTDEWILLIGENIngmarBEL281:05:45TARTELETTO - ISOREX
2215SWEECKDietherBEL261:06:09PAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE
2323WOUTERSSiebenNED231:06:45CREAFIN TÜV SUD
2424BAESTAENSVincentBEL301:06:54
2522GODRIEStanNED261:07:26TEAM CHARLES
2657VAN DIJKEKoenNED231:07:46
2719BOSMANSWietseBEL281:07:46CREAFIN TÜV SUD
2836TIELENDarioBEL251:07:48
2939ESTEBAN AGUEROIsmaelESP361:07:58DELIKIA - GINESTAR
3029WERNERKerryUSA281:08:11
3132VAN COMPERNOLLEKennethBEL311:08:18
3235DE MEYERSenneBEL231:08:34
3331GYSJensBEL301:08:55
3447BAKXKelvinNED231:09:23
3541THOMPSONEricUSA301:09:45
3626VAN DEN HAMMichaelCAN271:10:21GARNEAU-EASTON p/b TRANSITIONS LIFECARE
3755ALDERWEIRELDRobinBEL231:10:39
3858LEAERTSYelleBEL251:10:54
3944JUILIANOAndrewUSA31-2 LAPS
4034DE WITEdwinBEL36-2 LAPS
4130KOYENNielsBEL28-2 LAPS
4228POSTIERDylanUSA28-3 LAPSGARNEAU-EASTON p/b TRANSITIONS LIFECARE
4337CLOUTIERTylerUSA30-4 LAPS
4451CAROZZOMarcoITA23-4 LAPS
4538MEELBERGHSPieterBEL31-4 LAPS
4648PARENTINicolaITA23-4 LAPS
25PEETERSYannickBEL23DNFPAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE
40SWEECKHendrikBEL27DNF
45EDHOFERThomasGER34DNS
59GOOSENWouterBEL33DNS