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In pictures: The men’s race at the Waterloo UCI cyclocross World Cup

Mathie van der Poel gets the hole shot and never looks back in the second World Cup of the season

Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) took a dominating victory at the Waterloo UCI cyclocross World Cup, completing a perfect trip through the United States with two wins and a strong hold on the series leader jersey.

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Van der Poel went hard from the gun and never looked back just like he did last week in Iowa City. Attacking the course with a mixture of precision bike handling and aggression bordering on recklessness, van der Poel seemingly took seconds with every corner, a combination that the rest of the field had no answer for.

World champion Wout Van Aert (Belgium) got caught up in a crash in the early goings and spent the rest of the race working his way back through the field, eventually landing in seventh. A valiant effort to be sure, but the deficit was too much to overcome for Van Aert to be a factor at the front of the race.

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Opposition to van der Poel fell to the quartet of Belgians with Tim Merlier, Daan Soete, Corne van Kessel and Michael Vanthourenhout forming the chase group.  By half way through the race, it was clear there was no catching van der Poel and the four started jockeying for the podium. With Van Kessel and Soete both on the Telenet-Fidea Lions, had the numbers and filled out the podium in a two up sprint. Michael Van Den Ham (Garneau-Easton) was top Canadian in 29th place.