Eli Iserbyt has brought his high form to the United States. The European champion was at the top of a Belgian podium in Waterloo, he referred Michael Vanthourenhout and Quinten Hermans to place 2 and 3.
Report of the WB in Waterloo for the men
A gift sometimes falls from heaven, but so does a poisoned gift.
At the start in Waterloo the American umbrellas opened and the dripping caused a thorough adjustment of the first sketch on the second lap.
Quinten Hermans was unable to cash in on his blitz start after a fall on the brown soap, Toon Aerts and Thibau Nys also moved away. Especially Nys Jr. has to fear an injury (a fracture of the collarbone?).
Due to the turbulence, Eli Iserbyt had corrected his missed start after a mechanical glitch in no time: he had left for a pairing time trial with teammate Michael Vanthourenhout.
On every slope, an aggressive and confident Iserbyt imagined himself in his playground, Vanthourenhout used his technique to compensate in the descents.
He was gasping more and more and in the 6th of 9 rounds the spring broke. An unleashed Iserbyt was with his solo-smart lord and master in Waterloo.
Vanthourenhout seemed to lose his 2nd place to a planed Hermans, but his remonte faltered and ended with a 3rd place.
The moment of the cross: Iserbyt shakes off Vanthourenhout in the 6th round
Iserbyt is no longer in trouble in the lock and wins the WB in Waterloo
Thibau Nys falls firmly on a slippery piece of asphalt, along with a lot of other riders
Iserbyt: “I was not allowed to panic after chain problems”
- Eli Iserbyt (first): “I had chain problems on the first lap, but I knew not to panic. I saw the crashes and knew it was going to be slippery. The rain had just turned into ice. Michael Vanthourenhout was also riding strong, but Quinten Hermans was approaching and I wanted to increase the pace and hold on to the finish.
- Michael Vanthourenhout (second): “I soon felt that it was very difficult to ride alone. Eli (Iserbyt) came to me, but he was driving way too fast. He waited a few laps, but Quinten (Hermans) came closer and I I had no choice but to let him drive. Then I found my rhythm and I was able to hold on to 2nd place.”
- Quinten Hermans (third): “Whether I’m happy with my third place after that fall? Yes, or not? I went into that corner really fast, but it was the first time I felt it slide. I dropped my head after that. and I also had some problems with my bike. Eli (Iserbyt) had gone flying, but Michael (Vanthourenhout) might still be within range.”
Reactions after the WB in Waterloo among the men