The season starter was a show of strength: Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) won the first race of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in superior fashion. The Dutch ’cross champion was almost untouchable in a start-to-finish win at the ”Jinglecross” in Iowa City with nearly one minute ahead of the competition.
By taking second place Laurens Sweeck of Team ERA-Circus perfected a double-victory for the new STEVENS Super Prestige. He prevailed in the sprint for the finish line against Quinten Hermans. In the Women’s Elite race, Sanne Cant (Enertherm-Beobank) won third place by outsprinting Sophie de Boer.
Mathieu van der Poel broke away from the field right in the first lap and kept the lead until the end. Nobody was able to follow him on the fast hard-pack grassland course with several steep climbs. After four of ten laps it was Laurens Sweeck to break away from the pack: ”I felt that I could go faster”, Laurens said, who could benefit from Quinten Hermans catching up. ”Together we extended our lead very well.”
While they could not close the gap to Mathieu van der Poel, they managed to gain a 15-seconds advantage over the field that broke apart as the race went on. Just right before the finish they sprinted for the line with Laurens Sweeck ending up as the clear winner. They were followed by Kevin Pauwels and Lars van der Haar. World Champion Wout van Aert did not have a good day, a flat tire made him fall behind to place 19.