World Cup leader Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) won round three of the series in Milton Keynes on Saturday afternoon.
In a replication of the women’s race earlier in the day, the victory was hotly contested between two leading riders – in this case, Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games).
The pair were neck and neck around the final lap as the day’s sunshine started to fade and the muddy course became ever more sticky. Vantornout tried to accelerate away from Pauwels to the line, but Pauwels out-kicked him to take the win and extend his lead at the top of the World Cup leaderboard.
Frenchman Francis Mourey (
Ian Field (Hargroves) placed 12th, his highest ever result in a World Cup and a fitting result for Britain’s first hosting of a World Cup race.
Men’s Cyclo-Cross World Cup round three, Milton Keynes
1. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games
2. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1 sec
3. Francis Mourey (Fra)
Nikki Harris places third as Sanne Cant and Katherine Compton duel it out for the win in Milton Keynes