The Belgian was inferior to Van der Haar uphill, but with a fine example of steering skills in the descents and a number of inimitable accelerations on the technical part of the course, it was Iserbyt who made the difference. After barely an hour of racing, the Dutchman had to give in for eleven seconds to the leader of the world cup.
That it was a Belgian who triumphed could hardly be called astonishing. Since Iowa City received World Cup status for the first time in 2016, in eighty percent of the cases it was a Fleming who took the win.
The Belgian Wout van Aert was the first laureate on American soil. He was succeeded by Mathieu van der Poel, but it was Van Aert’s compatriots Toon Aerts and Iserbyt who then crossed the line cheering. The competition was not held in 2020 due to the corona pandemic, this year Iserbyt followed in his own footsteps. He was also the fastest in Waterloo before.
Like Iserbyt, Vos was simply in a class of its own, Betsema also had to admit. The veteran had all but stolen the victory on the track where Mount Krupit served as executioner.
“She accelerated exactly where I expected it to, but I was too shattered to react,” she said afterwards. “I just struggled to stay on the bike. Marianne rode top tactically.”
It must have sounded like music to the ears of the riders that Vos once again confirmed that she is taking a rest period. “I’m actually going out for a while.” To add warningly, “But I’ll be back.”
At the end of January, Vos crosses the Atlantic again, when the battle for the world championship takes place in Fayetteville. In the local Centennial Park it seems it is the turn of the Dutch women again. And if anyone knows what it’s like to win on that podium, it’s seven-time world champion Vos.