The Iserbyt, world champion 2021-2022, wins the penultimate round in Flamanville

Eli Iserbyt underlined his maiden World Cup title by winning Sunday’s penultimate round in Flamanville, France in dominant fashion. It was his sixth win of the 2021-22 series and 13th overall victory this season.

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Iserbyt, despite not having won a round since November, had a 95-point lead over Michael Vanthourenhout heading into the Flamanville race, securing his first World Cup title. There was no Mathieu van der Poel, Wout Van Aert or Tom Pidcock in Flamanville. Two weeks before the Worlds, the peloton was small at 31 athletes.

Toon Aerts, winner in Zonhoven and leader of the X2O Badkamers Trofee series, took the holeshot on Round 1. Another Toon, Vandebosch, grabbed position 1, with teammate Laurens Sweeck right behind him. Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout put four Pauwels Sauzen drivers in the lead. Sweeck led Iserbyt to the line.

Pauwels Sauzen invaded the front on the first lap.

Iserbyt set the tone at the start of Round 2 before drawing. Corne van Kessel broke the Belgian/Pauwels Sauzen monopoly up front. Sweeck, Iserbyt, Aerts, van Kessel and Vanthourenhout crossed the line together.

Vandebosch and French driver Joshua Dubau have become closer Round 3. Iserbyt started next to the lake and led Aerts and Vanthourenhout by 11 seconds before the fourth circuit.

Iserbyt lets go on turn 3.

On the fourth of eight rounds, Iserbyt continued to shoot more time. Aerts and Vanthourenhout continued their scrap for second place, with Vanthourenhout dropping Aerts. Sweeck and Van Kessel were still part of the podium scrap.

Aerts found the Vanthourenhout wheel on Round 5.

Toon Aerts has been chasing Iserbyt all day.

Van Kessel had passed out, but Sweeck was still pressing Aerts and Vanthourenhout in the battle for the podium on Round 6. Iserbyt was almost a minute ahead before the 7th lap. Sweeck persisted.

On the penultimate round Aerts put real estate between him and Vanthourenhout; Sweeck had disappeared. When he heard the bell, Aerts was ahead of Vanthourenhout by 8 seconds.

Vanthourenhout kept a visual on Aerts in the bell tower, but he couldn’t catch the Baloise Trek Lion. Aerts is eight points behind second-placed Vanthourenhout in the overall standings after Sunday.

The final will take place in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands on January 23.

2021-2022 UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Fifteenth round, Flamanville

1) Eli Iserbyt (Belgium/Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) 1:01:51
2) Toon Aerts (Belgium/Baloise Trek Lions) +0:59
3) Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium/Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) +1:12

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