In difficult icy condition the big favorite had no problem defending his title, leading from the first turn until the finish. Martijn Budding rode comfortably to silver as the fierce battle for bronce was won by czech Adam Toupalik
The victory was never really in doubt as van der Poel soloed off from the start, showing dominating skills in the first lap. By the first lap he had a 35 second lead and that expanded all the way. A brief scare as he had a flat but it was just by the pits so he managed not to lose any significant time. His teammate Budding was equally certain in his second place, also riding off on his own and never being threatened from behind.
The big race was for third place with Belgians Cleppe and Peeters initially leading over a chasing duo of Toupalik and American Logan Owen, who suffered an early fall which forced him to chase back. As Owen connected with the belgians a tactical game ensued, the belgians tried to block but Owen took chances and managed to pass them both. His gamble did not pay off for long as he took too many risks causing a mechanical that saw him lose three placings. Instead it was Peeters who led Toupalik at the last lap bell. Toupalik took an aggressive line into the big run-up forcing Peeters to the barriers where he struggled and fell allowing Toupalik to ride off to bronze.
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|1||VAN DER POEL Mathieu||NED19950119||NETHERLANDS||0:40:47|
|3||TOUPALIK Adam||CZE19960509||CZECH REPUBLIC||+01:19|
|4||OWEN Logan||USA19950325||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||+01:23|