The Elite Men hit the infamous Koppenberg climb under muddy conditions, but the skies opened up to make the challenging race even more treacherous.

The hilly, cobbled racecourse favors climbers, and the women’s results had the best climbers rising to the top.

Eli Iserbyt powered his way up the major cobbled climb and slid down the hill, breaking away from Toon Aerts to take the lead.

As Aerts made his way down the hill to catch up with Iserbyt, he slipped on the mud at the sharp turn, dooming his chances for victory.

Lars Van der Haar had good legs despite some spills, and climbed his way into third.

Many racers collapsed at the end, as every second mattered. The race is the opening stage of the X2O Badkamers Trofee series that counts cumulative time over each stop.

See the full results below, and watch the Elite Men’s highlights of the 2021 Koppenbergcross.

X2O Trofee Oudenaarde - Koppenbergcross 2021 Results: Elite Men

1ISERBYT Eli24Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal1:02:42
2AERTS Toon28Baloise Trek Lions0:24
3VAN DER HAAR Lars30Baloise Trek Lions1:18
4VAN KESSEL Corné30Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team2:41
5VANDEBOSCH Toon22Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal2:47
6MEEUSEN Tom33CX Team Deschacht - Group Hens - Maes Containers2:59
7LOOCKX Lander24CX Team Deschacht - Group Hens - Maes Containers3:04
8VANTHOURENHOUT Michael28Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal3:15
9ADAMS Jens293:36
10AERTS Thijs25Baloise Trek Lions3:59
11BEKAERT Yentl22Baloise Trek Lions4:06
12SWEECK Diether28IKO - Crelan6:34
13BOROS Michael297:15
14MEIN Thomas22Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team7:43
15MARASCO Lorenzo23Sebmotobikes CX Team8:06
16ROMBOUTS Seppe238:42
17ALDERWEIRELD Robin259:08
18LÜTHI Eric22
19OLDHAM Paul44
20KOCKELMANN Raphaël22
21VAN DIJKE Koen25
22O'REGAN Timothy34
23RUTS Andy23
24KRAWCZYK Benjamin28
25HEYMES Gauthier26
26CHASTAGNER Francois26
DNFSWEECK Laurens28Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal

Check out 2021 Koppenbergcross Elite Women’s results and watch the highlights here.

If you have missed it, check out the 2021 Overijse Cyclocross World Cup Elite Men’s race highlights and results from Sunday.