Cyclocross: a briliant Van der Poel in Druivencross, but Meeusen wins

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Muddy def. Slippery too. Technical
Too many mistakes for Sven Nys and probably mechanical problems: got dropped, kept loosing time, was never in the game.
Five laps to go there was a large front group including Walsleben, Van der Poel, Van Kessel, Meeusen and Vantornout. Meisen was chasing. Four laps to go Van Kessel had lost contact. In front Van der Poel attacked and got a gap. That was only the first one of several attacks by the young Dutch talent who was racing on a briliant style. 
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Pic by Renaat Schotte
Three laps to go Van der Poel was solo with 10'' on the chasing group but Meeusen managed to join and the rest was quickly back. He attacked again and again got caught. At the pit a mistake costed Meeusen some time but he joined again. 
At the last lap Van der Poel looked tired, Walsleben too. Vantornout showed his class in some hard running sections but Meeusen beated him at the sprint. 
Embedded image permalinkNote that Van der Poel sprinted like a true champion to get a spot on podium, with an incredible aceleration on Walsleben who had given up. Bravo!

Sven Nys' DS Jan Verstraeten:
"We do not know what's going on. There is something with him in recent weeks, Nys can't get his top. And that has never been as clear as today. We'll figure out what the problem is. There will be blood tests and he must go to the osteopath. Everything must be thoroughly checked.
This is really not normal. Sven has in recent weeks clearly indicated that there is something wrong, he's missing power. Now we have to find the cause. Only then will we know how we can manage the rest of the season."

I read on the web that Sven Nys is going through a divorce...

1 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
2 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
3 Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team  
4 Philipp Walsleben (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team  
5 Corné Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
6 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team  
7 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
8 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team  
9 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team  
10 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team  
11 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
12 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
13 Patrick Gaudy (Bel) Veranclassic-Doltcini Cycling Team  
14 David Van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team  
15 Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team
16 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team  
17 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team  
18 Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
19 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike  
20 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Project Cross Racing  
21 Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW  
22 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
23 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team  
24 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team  
25 Bart Hofman (Bel) Nodrugs Heroes Flanders  
26 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team  
27 Berne Vankeirsbilck (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team  
28 Niels Koyen (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team  
29 Kevin Cant (Bel) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team  
30 Edwin De Wit (Bel) Kon. W.C. De Rupelspurters Boom  
31 Fabian Obrist (Swi)  
32 Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa)  
33 Remigiusz Gil (Pol) Project Cross Racing  
34 Skyler Mackey (USA)

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