January 5, 2022
X²O Badkamers Trophy 2022 – HERENTALS
The DVV Trophy (Dutch: DVV Trofee) is a Belgian cyclo-cross racing series organised by the DVV Verzekeringen (an insurance company) which previously was known as BPost Bank Trophy (2012-2016) and until 2011–2012 was known as the Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee.
January 5, 2022
X²O Badkamers Trophy 2022 – HERENTALS
The DVV Trophy (Dutch: DVV Trofee) is a Belgian cyclo-cross racing series organised by the DVV Verzekeringen (an insurance company) which previously was known as BPost Bank Trophy (2012-2016) and until 2011–2012 was known as the Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee. Many races are held in the province of Antwerp with others being held across Belgium
After suffering a mechanical issue and finishing fourth at the weekend’s UCI World Cup round in Hulst, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) got back to winning ways at the X2O Trofee to take a hometown victory in Herentals.
The Belgian ticked off his eighth win in nine races so far this season, racing to a solo victory having ridden away from his rivals on the second lap of nine. Van Aert left both Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions) and Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) behind, the trio having separated themselves from the rest of the field early on.
All Van Aert had to do for the remainder of the race was avoid crashing and make sure there would be no repeat of his mechanical troubles. Midway through the race, Pidcock set off alone to salvage second place, distancing Aerts in the process and securing the result as Aerts rounded off the podium following a late charge.
Van Aert led from the very start of the race, riding at the front of the group in the early exchanges along with Aerts, who joined him in a lead duo in the early muddy forest section. Aerts was Van Aert’s only company for much of the opening lap as Pidcock led the chase behind, with the Briton eventually battling his way across on the start-finish straight.
By the end of lap one, the lead trio had a gap of six seconds over Daan Soete (Deschacht-Hens-Maes), Corné van Kessel (Tormans-Circus), and Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal), though it already looked as though the podium battle was set.
The second lap saw Van Aert make his move, though it was more of a gradual distancing rather than one major acceleration. Neither Aerts nor Pidcock had a response when the Belgian upped the pace, and by the time the pair crossed the start-finish line again they were five seconds down.
The gaps were still small at that point, but Van Aert would only gain time in the upcoming laps, with Aerts and Pidcock unable to do anything to claw him back. Further back, a group of six led by Van Kessel crossed the line at 26 seconds down.
By the midway point of the race, the battle for the lead was all but over as Van Aert started lap five 41 seconds up on his chasers. To that point, Aerts and Pidcock had stuck together but partway through the lap, the Briton made a bid for second.
He eked out a gap over Aerts, though wasn’t making any indents into Van Aert’s lead. Aerts kept him relatively close, finishing lap five eight seconds behind but unable to drag Pidcock back despite near matching his lap times.
With two laps to go, Van Aert’s lead reached the minute mark for the first time, the victory all but in the bag as the remaining suspense of the day focused on Aerts trying to bring back Pidcock. It looked like it wouldn’t happen, though a late charge from Aerts on the final lap saw him close right in on Pidcock.
The Belgian couldn’t fully put the fight to his rival, though, losing time just after he made the catch as Pidock kicked again.
In the end, Van Aert soloed home after a drama-free ride with a huge advantage of 1:06, more than enough time to savour the celebrations as he rode down the home straight. Aerts sprinted home to finish a second behind Pidcock in a bid to defend his series lead.
With his third placed finish, Aerts retains the overall X2O Trofee series lead ahead of Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) and Vanthourenhout, with Van Aert in fourth and out of the overall picture having missed the first two rounds of the series.
1 Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 1:02:43
2 Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:06
3 Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:01:07
4 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 0:02:03
5 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:02:13
6 Jens Adams (Bel) 0:02:18
7 Tom Meeusen (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-Group Hens-Containers Maes 0:02:46
8 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin – Fenix 0:03:32
9 Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 0:03:44
10 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team 0:04:28
11 Daan Soete (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-Group Hens-Containers Maes 0:04:48
12 Curtis White (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld 0:04:58
13 Lander Loockx (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-Group Hens-Containers Maes 0:05:01
14 Samuel Gaze (NZl) Alpecin-Fenix 0:06:37
15 Mathijs Wuyts (Bel)
16 Diether Sweeck (Bel) Iko – Crelan
17 Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions
18 Kerry Werner (USA)
19 Koen Van Dijke (Ned)
20 Nick Peers (Bel)
21 Michael Van Den Ham (Can)
22 Joren Bloem (Ned)
23 Senne De Meyer (Bel)
24 Maarten Van Staeyen (Bel)
25 Nicholas Lando (USA)
26 Finnegan O’Connor (USA)
27 Yelle Leaerts (Bel)
28 Andy Ruts (Bel)
29 Yannick Mayer (Ger)
30 Frederick Junge (USA)
DNF Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal
DNF Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin – Fenix
DNF Siebe Tormans (Bel)