Mathieu van der Poel’s victory at the 2019 GP Sven Nys was anything but easy.

Anyone joking that Van der Poel should give his competitors a handicap after seeing his continued dominance this season essentially got their wish with Van der Poel’s first-lap mishaps.

After a stunning recovery, Van der Poel’s comeback nearly went sideways at the jumps.

Watch the highlights from the New Year’s day race below.

Full results from the 2019 GP Sven Nys are here.