Kalmthout is traditionally the first of the season long Wereldbeker or World Cup series. Like Neerpelt a week or so before, it is a fast and technical course based around a sandy forest. Tight 180 degree turns and very fast stepped dismounts require absolute precision and finesse.
After an early showing from World Champion Lars Boom, young gun Niels Albert fought (literally at times) his way to the front and took off like a man possessed. Only Sven Nys (riding in the tricolour Belgian national champ jersey) was able to bridge up to him and the 2 rode the last few laps together, both on the rivet keeping a hard chasing group at bay.
The clip picks up at the beginning of the last lap, as both riders prepare for a showdown at the finish.