Quinten Hermans (Tormans) has won a World Cup cross for the first time in his career. In the tough circuit of Fayetteville, where the World Cup will also be held in a few months, he drove away before halfway. Eli Iserbyt retains the World Cup lead with a second-place finish.
The trail in Fayetteville was a playground for powerful mud devils because of the rain. A description that fits Toon Aerts and the rider of the Telenet-Baloise Lions also started very well. He was accompanied by a strong Quinten Hermans and teammates Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout.
At the start of round 3 Hermans once started to shake the tree and his three companions promptly fell out. He didn’t look back and accumulated more seconds lap after lap. After a round of fighting, the pursuers knew what time it was. Hermans rode solo to his biggest victory in the field to date, his first World Cup cross.
In the battle for the podium places, there was bad news for Vanthourenhout in the penultimate lap. A synthetic net from the ground turned in his gear. The podium seemed gone, but he didn’t give in. With a new bike and a final effort he managed to get a tired Aerts down.
A completely Belgian stage again, just like in Waterloo.
Hermans: “I had peaked at this”
- Quinten Hermans (1st): “I didn’t feel great in the past few days after my fall, but this morning on the rollers it went better. Nobody took the initiative so I continued in the third round and that was enough. This is my first World Cup victory, that feels very good. It feels great. I had peaked at this and it worked out well.”
- Eli Iserbyt (2e): “I am satisfied. It took some searching in the beginning. It was just a bit too muddy for me. I lowered the pressure in my tires. Vanthourenhout and I had a good chase, but Quinten was a step too strong today .”
- Michael Vanthourenhout (3rd): “A piece of rope got into my bike and I immediately felt that it was not right. I quickly decided to walk to the post. I felt that Toon and Quinten were better uphill. The strongest won and I am happy with my podium spot.”