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Van Kessel and Hermans in the top 10 in the mud of Dübendorf

Van Kessel and Hermans in the top 10 in the mud of Dübendorf

The Cyclocross World Championships were held this Sunday in Dübendorf (Switzerland). The rainbow battle was toughened overnight by heavy rainfall transforming the Swiss military base in a mud bath. The youth category races made the circumstances of the course even harder. Mathieu van der Poel started very fast and soloed to a new rainbow jersey. Behind him, Corné Van Kessel and Quinten Hermans positioned themselves in the top 10, without pretending a medal. Van Kessel finally finished 7th, with Hermans taking 9th place.

Corné Van Kessel :

« I'm satisfied with this 7th place, because I was never really lucky at the world championships. I often had troubles, like last year when I finished 17th. This time I was able to race regularly and I finish where I belong. Mathieu started really fast and behind there was no real surprise. I followed my rhythm and battled for the top 10. I achieved some good results at the beginning of January, so maybe I could pretend better at this world championship. But the top 10 was my goal and I achieved it. »


Quinten Hermans :

« Unfortunately I'm not feeling 100% yet, because the nerve between my shoulder blades is blocked. This problem is dragging on for a couple of weeks already and it's revolving in the right direction, but still not completely solved. On this hard and muddy course I can't be unhappy about finishing within the nine best riders in the world. We know that Mathieu was above and beyond the rest. I battled for 8th place, but I made some mistakes. I hope to come back at a good level in order to finish the season well. »

World Championship Dübendorf:

1. Mathieu van der Poel
2. Thomas Pidcock +1:20
3. Toon Aerts +1:45
7. Corné Van Kessel +3:52
9. Quinten Hermans +4:48