This is exactly why you take the humble route
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Well, Iserbyt is not great in the sand, and he lost most of his time there. This really was a course for Mathieu, so it's still possible the race could be closer next time. Let's hope.Yep. I think it really is over now. Seemed easy in the end tbh. He took his foot off the gas after the tumble, but then dropped Iserbyt again seemingly easy. Quite demotivating for the competition tbh. Also for the excitement of CX unfortunately.
At least MVDP said he felt good the whole race and had to give his all to drop Iserbyt. That's somehow reassuring, since he used to win races solo easily and afterwards declared he didn't have a great day... And like Logic says, it's a superb course for him. He's in better shape compared to his first cross last year as well, though otoh, the others should be too at this point.
Let's see what happens in Gavere tomorrow.
Van Aert has gone to Spain for a training week, i doubt he will be at 100% in Namur. Otherwise, that might have been a big chance to beat Mathieu there.I still think Van Aert is the biggest threat for VDP this season, if he improves his form a level or two.
Nevertheless, tomorrow in Gavere (it should be muddier than today but looking at the forecast it seems the riders will miss the big amount of rain that will fall after the race) and next Sunday in Namen should be harder to win for Mathieu.