Belgian rider Eli Iserbyt won Sunday’s Under-23 Men’s World Cyclocross Championship in a two-up sprint with Czech rider Adam Toupalik.
Iserbyt, who was runner-up at last year’s junior world championship, also won the U23 World Cup overall this year.
The day’s drama, however, came on the penultimate lap, when then-leader Toupalik raised his hands in victory after crossing the finish line, thinking he’d won the race. Toupalik soon realized he had another lap to go, but the hesitation allowed Iserbyt and Belgian rider Quinten Hermans to catch up.
After the race, Iserbyt said he felt Toupalik lost focus and momentum after the blunder.
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