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Corné Van Kessel takes the first podium for Tormans Cyclo Cross Team

Corné Van Kessel takes the first podium for Tormans Cyclo Cross Team

This Saturday, Corné Van Kessel took the first podium for Tormans Cyclo Cross Team in Gullegem. The Dutch rider finished 3rd in his second race with his new shirt. A group of four with Van Kessel, Wout Van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel and Michael Vanthourenhout stayed together for a long time, until world champion van der Poel got rid of his companions with three laps to go. Van Kessel unclipped in a duel for the remaining podium spots, and lost the sprint against Michael Vanthourenhout. Xandro Meurisse finished 20th.

Corné Van Kessel:

« I enjoyed the attention from the public and my good feeling. I tried to leave the work to van der Poel and Van Aert in order to save energy for the final. It's a pity that I unclipped and lost the battle for the 2nd place, but it's good to continue my series of decent results with a new podium.»

« I've chosen to add this race in Gullegem to my racing schedule to continue the adaptation to my new bike. We'll form a better unity after each race. I'll conclude the busy Christmas period with the cyclocross in Brussels. »

Gullegem:
1. Mathieu van der Poel
2. Michael Vanthourenhout +0:17
3. Corné Van Kessel +0:19
20. Xandro Meurisse +6:13