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Watch: Mathieu van der Poel shows supreme bike handling in Zonhoven

Joe Robinson
16 Oct 2017

Mathieu van der Poel shows off his bike handling skills, preventing crashing in the sand at Zonhoven

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Mathieu van der Poel proved that when things are going well, they are usually going great, showing a spectacular piece of bike handling on his way to victory at Zonhoven in this weekend's cyclocross Superprestige meet.

Tackling the infamous sandpit descent of Zonhoven, the Dutchman almost comes unstuck towards the bottom, with his back wheel losing traction from underneath him and then lifting from the ground.

However, thanks to supreme bike handling and a touch of luck, van der Poel managed to regain control, preventing what would have been a spectacular crash.

The 22-year-old then went on to win the race, finishing solo ahead of World Champion Wout Van Aert in second and Lars Van Der Haar in third.

This latest victory continues van der Poel's dominant start to the season. Of the last 10 Superprestige races, nine have been taken by the Dutch national champion.

Van der Poel also took victory on Saturday at Kruibeke, in a race that saw Brit Tom Pidcock make his professional cyclocross debut.

Pidcock impressed finishing ninth at the Polderscross Brico race before taking fourth the next day in the under 23 race at Zonhoven.

The 18 year-old, who recently took the junior time trial World Championships, is currently riding for the Telenet-Fidea Lions squad who boast Sven Nys as team manager.

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