BOGENSE, Denmark—Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) has had only a few blips in pursuit of a nearly perfect cyclocross season thus far, but he has been flawless in the World Cups leading up to Sunday’s race in Bogense, Denmark. Van der Poel took the wins at both U.S. World Cups and won again at Koksijde last month. He came into Bogense looking to make it four for four on a windy day along the Denmark coast.
Fans have grown accustomed to seeing Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) battle the Dutch phenom into at least the mid part of races, but on Sunday, it was Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) who stuck with Van der Poel. After riding a steep, technical descent early in the race, Van der Poel adjusted midrace and ran the section to get a gap on Aerts. Once Van der Poel got a gap on Aerts, it was smooth sailing en route to his fourth World Cup win of the 2017/18 season.
A Windy Day at the Seashore
The windy day at started ominously for several riders in the World Cup field. Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) suffered a mechanical at the opening whistle and started his race with a run to the pit. Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea Lions) took the holeshot, but then crashed trying to hop the barriers during the first lap.
After one lap, Van der Haar recovered and joined a lead selection that also included Van der Poel, Van Aert and Aerts.
Toon Aerts has been showing increasing confidence and a willingness to mix things up as the season has progressed. Early in the second lap he attacked to stir things up a bit. His aggression was rewarded and him and Van der Poel got off the front, with the other two lead selection riders dangling five seconds back.
With the tough conditions and several steep sections, early in the race it was clear the racing was less a question of power and bike handling and more an issue of who could get on and off their bikes the quickest at the right spots. And also, who could avoid face planting at the barriers.
This was evident by Van der Poel’s early-race choices on a steep descent that led into a right-hand turn. Perhaps somewhat stubbornly, Van der Poel opted to ride the descent that other riders were running more quickly.
Van der Poel stuck with the ride into the middle of the race before abandoning it in the fifth lap. His reward was a gap on his challenger Aerts. Once Van der Poel gained a gap on Aerts, he returned to riding the descent, but any time lost was a moot point. The Dutch wunderkind had the gap he needed and he coasted along the coast to take the win and stay perfect through four of the nine World Cup races this season.
Aerts’ fast start took its toll down the stretch. Van Aert slowly closed the gap up to the second-place rider and finally made contact during the last lap. Van Aert outkicked his Belgian compatriot down the stretch to take second.
After getting a new bike in the first lap, Hyde made the most of his Danish trip and rode from DFL back to 31st.
2017 Bogense World Cup Results - Elite Men
|Rank||BIB||Last Name||First Name||Country||UCI Team||Age||Result|
|1||19||VAN DER POEL||Mathieu||NED||BEOBANK-CORENDON||22||1:02:58|
|2||1||VAN AERT||Wout||BEL||CRELAN - CHARLES||23||1:03:06|
|3||6||AERTS||Toon||BEL||TELENET FIDEA LIONS||24||1:03:07|
|4||20||VAN DER HAAR||Lars||NED||TELENET FIDEA LIONS||26||1:03:45|
|5||8||MERLIER||Tim||BEL||CRELAN - CHARLES||25||1:04:19|
|6||21||VAN KESSEL||Corne||NED||TELENET FIDEA LIONS||26||1:04:26|
|8||7||HERMANS||Quinten||BEL||TELENET FIDEA LIONS||22||1:04:50|
|9||4||VANTHOURENHOUT||Michael||BEL||MARLUX - NAPOLEON GAMES||24||1:05:03|
|10||2||PAUWELS||Kevin||BEL||MARLUX - NAPOLEON GAMES||33||1:05:04|
|14||9||VERMEERSCH||Gianni||BEL||STEYLAERTS - BETFIRST||25||1:05:34|
|15||31||BOROŠ||Michael||CZE||PAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE||25||1:05:43|
|16||56||MEISEN||Marcel||GER||STEYLAERTS - BETFIRST||28||1:05:55|
|17||12||ADAMS||Jens||BEL||PAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE||25||1:05:59|
|18||13||AERNOUTS||Jim||BEL||TELENET FIDEA LIONS||28||1:06:03|
|19||18||VANTHOURENHOUT||Dieter||BEL||MARLUX - NAPOLEON GAMES||32||1:06:14|
|20||10||SOETE||Daan||BEL||TELENET FIDEA LIONS||23||1:06:17|
|22||15||CLEPPE||Nicolas||BEL||TELENET FIDEA LIONS||22||1:06:24|
|23||42||ORTS LLORET||Felipe||ESP||GINESTAR - DELIKIA||22||1:06:26|
|28||26||VAN DEN BRAND||Twan||NED||28||1:07:05|
|32||34||CHAINEL||Steve||FRA||TEAM CHAZAL CANYON||34||1:07:47|
|36||43||RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBAÑEZ||Javier||ESP||38||1:08:13|
|37||23||GODRIE||Stan||NED||CRELAN - CHARLES||24||1:08:25|
|39||25||VAN DER MEER||Gosse||NED||TARTELETTO - ISOREX||22||1:08:46|
|42||41||ESTEBAN AGUERO||Ismael||ESP||GINESTAR - DELIKIA||34||LAP|
|22||VAN DER POEL||David||NED||BEOBANK-CORENDON||25||DNF|