Toon Aerts wins the Cyclo-cross World Cup
Belgian racing cyclist Toon Aerts has won the Cyclo-cross World Cup for the second year in a row. This was a courageous victory, as the Belgian was still suffering rib pain from a fall in Namur at the end of December 2019.
The Cyclo-cross World Cup ended in Hoogerheide in the Netherlands. Toon Aerts managed to reach second place in the race, which meant that he won the World Cup ahead of his two compatriots, Eli Iserbyt and Michael Vanthourenhout. Laurens Sweeck, the new Belgian Champion, finished fourth in the general rankings.
These exceptional World Cup results for Belgians are also a very good omen for the next stage, as the Cyclo-cross World Championships will be held in Dübendorf, Switzerland on 1 and 2 February. However, it is essential to keep a cool head, as the winner of this last stage of the World Cup is also the man currently on form, Dutch cyclist Mathieu van der Poel.
According to Toon Aerts, "He was really strong in the first race. And he also managed to accelerate hard at the end. He was too good for us. I have to be honest and say that I personally was at my limit. But these are the World Championships, a new race, and I can't give up without a fight."
So the race is on and suspense is at a peak.