CX Worlds Race Report: Junior Men 17-18
FEB 2, 2013, LOUISVILLE, KY. By Phil Beckman/PB Creative — Momma used to tell us, “nobody’s perfect.” But she’d never met the Mathieu Van Der Poel. This young Dutchman came across the pond for these 2013 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Louisville with an unfathomable 25 victories in 25 events this past season. Here he pinned on the #1 as defending champion from a year ago.
And to no one’s surprise, he once again flummoxed the Junior Men on a freshly snow-covered, skatey, mostly frozen Eva Bandman Park course to win by nearly a minute.
Van Der Poel led from wire to wire, with only his Dutch teammate Martijn Budding offering a challenge early on. Within two of six laps Van Der Poel had pried open a 14-second gap, and was the only front-runner to bunnyhop the barriers. They would spend the rest of the race with only an impressive throng of spectators to keep them company.
American Logan Owen came from behind to make a compelling charge for the final podium spot, but came up just two seconds short of the Adam Toupalik of the Czech Republic.
Junior Men 17-18
- Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands)
- Martijn Budding (Netherlands)
- Adam Toupalik (Czech Republic).