Gianni Vermeersch wins men's Gravel World Championships

The Belgian earns his first ever rainbow stripes

Gianni Vermeersch
(Image credit: Getty)

Gianni Vermeersch became the first men’s gravel world champion in Veneto in Italy on Sunday, the Belgian attacking his breakaway companion Daniel Oss inside the final 10 kilometres and soloing to victory.

The former cyclocross rider, who rides for Alpecin-Fenix, was active from the start but would not have expected that he and Oss would have been given so much time by the chasing group once they attacked with 130km still to race.

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