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Three riders in the top 10 GC of the World Cup

Three riders in the top 10 GC of the World Cup

This Sunday in the Druivencross Overijse, the recently crowned Swiss champion Kevin Kuhn could finally unveil his national champion's jersey and his custom CUBE cross bike. Driven by the Swiss cross on his chest, he sprinted up the steep slope in the start, which his Tormans Cross Team companion Quinten Hermans was yet again the first to top. Corné Van Kessel had a slightly slower start, but moved up during the race. Thomas Mein, the only U23 World Cup winner this season, also raced towards the front, until a crash forced him to concede ground and loose rhythm. 

The slippery slopes had no mercy on the peloton, and no one was spared of crashes and technical difficulties. Not even Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), who once again imposed their authority on the race and shared the first two places on the finish line. Hermans was in 6th position for the entire race, but was eventually overtaken by Van Kessel, who finished strongly. The Dutchman ended 8th in this closing event of the World Cup, just ahead of Hermans. Their regularity in the World Cup was rewarded with a 5th (Hermans) and 6th (Van Kessel) place in the final classification. Kevin Kuhn, who clinched the 13th place on the day, also shines in the top 10 overall. Mein finished 21st in this final race before the World Championship in Ostend next weekend.

Corné Van Kessel:
“Yesterday in Hamme I had very good legs and today I felt ready for the fight again. In Hamme I managed to get a 6th place and a good start, here in Overijse I felt I did not have that good of a start. I still came back strongly in the final laps, so without the problems in the beginning I could probably have aimed for a better result. Bart Wellens and our other staff members have looked after us well during our training camp in recent weeks. We will be ready for the World Championships in Ostend! »

Kevin Kuhn:
“It is fantastic to be able to ride in the colors of the Swiss champion. Force and Santic provided me with the necessary helmets and clothing, and CUBE Bikes suprised me with brilliant painting skills. Today the parcours gathered all the ingredients to make it a tough and challenging cross with a lot of climbing and running. I started well, but did not get much free space in the group. Perhaps the plan to change bikes on the first lap was not ideal in that regard. After that I kept cycling below my limit and I caught several riders towards the end of the race. So I am satisfied with my performance today, and I'm especially proud of the top 10 in the World Cup final classification! »

World Cup Overijse:
1.Wout Van Aert
2.Mathieu van der Poel +1:03
3.Thomas Pidcock +2:07
8.Corné Van Kessel +3:41
9.Quinten Hermans +3:57
13.Kevin Kuhn +4:44
21.Thomas Mein 6:20

Final classification World Cup:
1.Wout Van Aert
2.Mathieu van der Poel
3.Michael Vanthourenhout
5.Quinten Hermans
6.Corné Van Kessel
10.Kevin Kuhn