While Waterloo saw the Men’s field race in changing conditions, Fayetteville was wet from the start.
Michael Vanthournhout took the holeshot and set a blistering pace going into the first descent. Daan Soete led the climb in the first lap until the lead group of Soete, Toon Aerts, Eli Iserbyt, Pim Ronhaar, Quinten Hermans, and Michael Vanthournhout slowly opened a gap.
Hermans set the pace after the stairs and Aerts took over as Iserbyt entered the pit. The group was together starting Lap 2 but Hermans and Aerts opened a gap on the climb to pit 1. As the group started to come back together with Iserbyt and Vanthournhout making the catch in pit 2, Hermans attacked. He soon opened a gap but as they hit the pavement for Lap 3 it came back together again.
On the descent, however, Hermans was determined to ride the race his way, leading into the corners before he attacked again on the climb. Finally, the elastic snapped and when Hermans reached the pit he had a gap. Behind, Aerts and Iserbyt chased on with Vanthournhout catching back on the group. Starting Lap 4 Hermans led by 21 seconds.
In Lap 5 Vanthournhout suffered a mechanical and ran to the nearby pit for a bike exchange, but was 10 seconds off Aerts and Iserbyt by Lap 6. The chasing riders pressed on but Vanthournhout eventually caught a flagging Aerts to take third. Hermans finished alone at just under 55 minutes with Iserbyt coming across the line 37 seconds later followed by teammate Vanthournhout.
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2021 Fayetteville World Cup Results: Elite Men
|1.||10||HERMANS Quinten||TORMANS - CIRCUS CYCLO CROSS TEAM||54:55|
|2.||7||ISERBYT Eli||PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL||+0:37|
|3.||9||VANTHOURENHOUT Michael||PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL||+0:49|
|4.||8||AERTS Toon||BALOISE TREK LIONS||+1:21|
|5.||3||RONHAAR Pim||BALOISE TREK LIONS||+1:33|
|7.||15||VANDEPUTTE Niels||ALPECIN - FENIX||+1:44|
|9.||12||VANDEBOSCH Toon||PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL||+1:54|
|10.||13||VERSTRYNGE Emiel||TORMANS - CIRCUS CYCLO CROSS TEAM||+2:01|
|11.||11||SOETE Daan||CX TEAM DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS-CONTAINERS MAES||+2:02|
|12.||4||KAMP Ryan||PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL||+2:11|
|13.||22||MEIN Thomas||TORMANS - CIRCUS CYCLO CROSS TEAM||+2:15|
|14.||2||VAN DER HAAR Lars||BALOISE TREK LIONS||+2:18|
|15.||39||MEISEN Marcel||ALPECIN - FENIX||+3:01|
|16.||5||VAN KESSEL Corne||TORMANS - CIRCUS CYCLO CROSS TEAM||+3:08|
|17.||20||TONEATTI Davide||DP66 GIANT||+3:10|
|19.||19||KUHN Kevin||TORMANS - CIRCUS CYCLO CROSS TEAM||+3:31|
|20.||16||AERTS Thijs||BALOISE TREK LIONS||+4:01|
|22.||14||FERDINANDE Anton||PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL||+4:17|
|23.||21||MASCIARELLI Lorenzo||PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL||+4:19|
|24.||28||HAIDET Lance||L39ION OF LOS ANGELES||+4:19|
|26.||6||VAN DER MEER Gosse||+4:59|
|27.||41||VAN DEN HAM Michael||+5:24|
|34||26||Hyde Stephen||-1 LAP|
|35||36||NOEL Sam||-1 LAP|
|36||43||LELIVELD Matt||-1 LAP|
|37||33||STROHMEYER Andrew||-1 LAP|
|38||44||RODGERS Lief||-2 LAP|
|39||27||MCGILL Scott||-2 LAP|
|40||46||NYSTROM Spencer||-3 LAP|
|41||42||BRISEBOIS Hugo||-3 LAP|
|42||40||MAYER Yannick||-4 LAP|