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Pauwels takes first victory of the season

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Kevin Pauwels won the blisteringly fast race in his hometown Kalmthout. Van der Haar and Vantornout completed the podium.

In the beginning, it was a very closed race. 15 riders were riding on each others wheel in the first few laps, but in the end, the high speed took its toll. Bosmans was the first rider to leave a gap, allowing Pauwels and Van der Haar to break away. The other favorites Nys and Albert were unable to close the gap, also due to bad luck. Vantornout wasn't going to put in much energy, as his teammate was riding in the front. In the final lap he was able to lose Albert, and ride to a nice 3rd place.

In the front, it seemed that it was going to be a sprint. In the final lap, Van der Haar suddenly couldn't hold on to Pauwels' rear wheel. This was the sign for Pauwels to open the throttle and ride to victory. This was his first victory of the season, but with his rising form, we will see more from him and his Ridley X-Night in the following races!

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