Cyclocross: Pauwels' Masterpiece in Middelkerke

Embedded image permalinkAmazing last race, open battle till the end. Skill but also luck, good and bad playing a big role.
Kevin Pauwels was looking weak but in the last laps gave it all. Van der Poel attacked early, van der Haar on his wheel  and rocking the sand stretch like anybody else today. Here, in the sand, van der Haar passed van der Poel with a perfect move. He looked very strong and kept attacking but Van Aert and Meeusen were strong too and the situation remained fluid. The four top riders had the lead at times, with van der Poel loosing it for a bad crash but never dropped. 
Lars van der Haar got dropped instead because of Kevin Pauwels stopping him in the sand stretch. He couldn't come back. Pauwels went away solo and solo he won. 

Lars van der Haar:
"4th again... SP Middelkerke. Bit dissapointed. By now quick diner and then the live show of VIER with the Rap battle."

1 Kevin Pauwels
2 Mathieu van der Poel
3 Wout Poels
4 Lars van der Haar
5 Tom Meeusen

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