Cyclocross

Wout Van Aert wins third straight DVV Trophy-Essen

Reining world champion Wout van Aert won the DVV Trophy for the third straight year Saturday.

Reigning world champion Wout Van Aert won the DVV Trophy in Essen for the third straight year Saturday, beating Kevin Pauwels by 18 seconds.

Van Aert, 22, finished in 1 hour, 56 seconds. Tom Meeusen came back from the pack to finish third in 1 hour, 36 seconds.

Halfway through the DVV-Trofee series, Van Aert maintains the overall lead at 4 hours, 3 minutes and 16 seconds. Pauwels is in second 2 minutes and 34 seconds back.

The series continues next Saturday at the Schelecross in Antwerp, Belgium.