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Middelkerke: Van Kessel fourth best on the day

Middelkerke: Van Kessel fourth best on the day

Only one week after the world championships in Ostend, the cyclocross teams had to come back along the Belgian coast, only a few kilometers away from the Hippodrome Wellington. In Middelkerke, however, the sand played only a minor role compared to the previous week, as the course consisted mainly of mud paths. A trio of Pauwels Sauces - Bingoal quickly managed to get away, and they were followed by second trio of the Tormans Cyclo Cross Team with Corné Van KesselQuinten Hermans and Kevin Kuhn. Youngsters Emiel Verstrynge (19) and Théo Thomas (19) followed a little further. In the fight for victory, Laurens Sweeck ultimately proved to be the strongest on the day. Van Kessel finished just outside the podium, while Hermans crossed the line in 8th and Swiss champion Kuhn closed the top 10. Verstrynge, in good shape after his 4th place at the World Championships, ended in 12th place. Thanks to their regularity, Van Kessel and Hermans finished the Superprestige in 6th and 8th place overall respectively. The five men will be at the start of tomorrow's cross in Lille, together with Thomas Mein and Shana Maes.

Corné Van Kessel:
« Despite a good start, I got a bit stuck in the first corners, which meant I lost a bit of ground. Unfortunately, that also meant I had to consume a lot of energy chasing. I chose my own pace, which turned out to be enough to keep 4th place in the second half of the race. It would be nice if I could enter the podium again in these last three weeks of the season. I will go for it again tomorrow in Lille. It is a cross that I always like to take part in, although without the fans the typical atmosphere won't be the same. Even though we are used to racing without public now, I cannot wait for the day that I can bring my fans back to the cross! »

Middelkerke:
1.Laurens Sweeck
2. Michael Vanthourenhout +0: 01
3.Eli Iserbyt +0: 52
4.Corné Van Kessel +1: 23
8.Quinten Hermans +2: 37
10.Kevin Kuhn +2: 42
12.Emiel Verstrynge +3: 01
27. Théo Thomas +6:21

Final classification Superprestige:
1.Toon Aerts 99p
2.Eli Iserbyt 97p
3.Michael Vanthourenhout 94p
6.Corné Van Kessel 83p
8.Quinten Hermans 44p
18.Kevin Kuhn 9p
24. Thomas Mein 7p
28.Emiel Verstrynge 4p