Despite a poor start, Iserbyt’s determination saw him fight his way from the back to the forefront, eventually finding his rhythm on the tricky course. “My start was very bad. I had to go through the whole field to get to the front. Then after 30 minutes I found good lines on the track, so I’m pretty happy that I could grow into the race and do a final good set of laps,” Iserbyt reflected.
The race also featured a compelling performance from the Baloise Trek Lions duo, Lars van der Haar and Pim Ronhaar. Van der Haar put on a late surge, surpassing his teammate and others to take second place, 13 seconds behind Iserbyt. This effort elevated him to second in the World Cup standings, pushing Ronhaar to third. “I was struggling a little bit in the first lap, to find my rhythm. Once I had it, I tried to go as fast as I could to the front, but Eli was a little bit faster. In the end he was just the best today. He had it under control,” admitted Van der Haar.
Ronhaar, initially leading solo for over four laps, displayed remarkable resilience but ultimately secured the third spot, 34 seconds behind Van der Haar. He commented on his performance and the intense finish: “I was totally done. I was riding strong lap times, every lap 8:35. I was not feeling that great, but my basic tempo was high. I saw that Eli had a bad start, […]