Third times a charm for Vermeulen at Belgian Waffle Ride California

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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Alexey Vermeulen after winning the Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022 (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Alexey Vermeulen faces the media (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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Matthew Beers (Toyota-NightyOne-Specialized) after the Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Matthew Beers was second (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Peter Stetina (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Alex Howes (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Alexey Vermeulen takes the win (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Matthew Beers outsprints Griffin Easter for second (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Alex Howes relaxing at the start (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022 (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Alexey Vermeulen during the Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022 (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Punctures were commonplace (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022 (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Pete Stetina during the Belgian Waffle Ride (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

Alex Howes on a descent (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022 (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022 (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022 (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022 (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The men's podium at the Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

A podium (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)
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The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022

The Belgian Waffle Ride California 2022 (Image credit: Jake Orness/Belgian Waffle Ride – Monuments Of Cycling)

Alexey Vermeulen (Jukebox-Enve) won the Belgian Waffle Ride California, part of the ‘Quadrupel’ Crown of Gravel, in San Marcos on Saturday after launching a decisive move in the final 60km that shook off former US road champ Alex Howes (EF Education -EasyPost).

Cape Epic winner Matthew Beers (Toyota-Specialized) sprinted for second against Griffin Easter (OpiCure Foundation-Orange Seal), who finished third, six minutes behind Vermeulen. Howes crossed the line in fourth, seconds behind the duo. Racing on a broken wrist, two-time defending BWR champion Peter Stetina – listed on the results with his team name as Case of the nightly Waffle Sweats – was an impressive fifth.

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