Two Belgian medals! Verstrynge and Michels take silver and bronze in the promises, gold goes to Dutchman Del Grosso

Two Belgian medals! Verstrynge and Michels take silver and bronze in the promises, gold goes to Dutchman Del Grosso
Two Belgian medals! Verstrynge and Michels take silver and bronze in the promises, gold goes to Dutchman Del Grosso
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The match started dramatically for the Belgians. Just after the first corner, an American crashed and stopped the entire peloton. Aaron Dockx and Ward Huybs, among others, were among the victims and their race was almost over before it had really started. Verstrynge, Michels, Del Grosso and his teammate Van Lierop had escaped the crash and already had a small advantage over the rest of the peloton.

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Del Grosso made good use of his technical abilities to put the Belgians behind. The Dutchman decided in the first round to wait a bit with his solo, but in round two things came to a head for Verstrynge and Michels. The first Belgian did what he could to join his bandwagon and did something back on the physical parts.

Del Grosso is gone

Verstrynge showed that he was tough and halved his deficit to his Dutch competitor to six seconds. However, he would not come any closer. Del Grosso really impressed on the technical part and put the World Cup in a definitive fold halfway through the race. In the meantime, Michels had set a good pace and actually spotted Verstrynge.

At a respectable distance from the Dutchman, Michels and Verstrynge decided among themselves who would take silver and bronze. Verstrynge had all the effort in the world to get his teeth into the wheel of the European U23 champion.

The Belgians entered the final lap 25 seconds behind Del Grosso, in which Michels made a mistake in a corner and crashed. Fortunately without any problems. The two Belgians were evenly matched and kept pace despite Michels’ fall.

Del Grosso: “World title is everything I dreamed of”

Half a lap from the end, Del Grosso was allowed to start partying due to his reassuring lead. Jente Michels started the sprint for silver in the lead again, but Verstrynge still passed him from the saddle. Silver and bronze for the Belgians, who still occupy half of the top ten with Victor Van de Putte, Yordi Corsus and Arne Baers. Dockx’s catch-up race ends in 22nd place, Huybs’s five places higher. In this way, the Belgian counter in terms of world titles among the men’s promises remains at thirteen, the Dutch add an eighth to their list of honors.

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“It was definitely not easy, especially due to the circumstances,” Del Grosso said afterwards. “I really gave up, but the rainbow jersey is just everything I dreamed of. Plus it was fun to do it in a cool country.”

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