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European champion Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) put in a dominant performance in the frozen circuit of Val di Sole to take his fifth win of the season.
The Belgian was among the leaders from the very start of the hour-long race and pushed on solo at the midpoint of eight laps in the snow and ice of northern Italy.
He took the victory, his second World Cup triumph of the season, by 39 seconds over Niels Vandeputte (Alpecin-Deceuninck), who had been the last man to stay with Vanthourenhout until the fourth lap.
The battle for second was a fiercer one, however, with Swiss champion Kevin Kühn (Tormans) and Laurens Sweeck (Crelan-Fristads) battling it out lap after lap a handful of seconds behind Vandeputte.
In the end, it was Kühn who prevailed to solo to third and secure his career-best World Cup result. He finished 42 down, two seconds up on Sweeck.
More to come.
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