Van Aert and Cant increase Superprestige leads

Series continues at Francorchamps on December 13

Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice Golden Palace) and Sanne Cant (Team Ciclismo Mundial) have increased their respective leads in the elite men’s and women’s standings for the Superprestige series after taking victories during round four in Gavere on Sunday.

Van Aert picked up his third victory of the eight-round series, which bumped his lead up to 59 points. The young Belgian rider won the first two rounds in Gieten and Zonhoven but lost round three in Ruddervoorde to Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games).

“The classification is looking very good now. I extended my lead again. Of course I will now aim to get the overall victory,” Van Aert said after his win in Gavere.

Pauwels and Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) battled for second place in Gavere, with Nys taking the runner-up spot on the podium behind Van Aert. Nys and Pauwels went into the race tied for points in the series’ individual standings, however, Nys pulled ahead and is now in second place with a total of 51 points, just one point ahead of third placed Pauwels.

Cant continued her winning streak at Gavere, securing her fourth straight victory in the women’s Superprestige, which is in its inaugural year as a ranked series. She won the first three rounds in Gieten, Zonhoven and Ruddervoorde, and with Gavere she has a total of 60 points.

"Four out of four, it’s hard to get a better report," Cant said to Superprestigecyclocross.be. "Gavere is also a true classic of ‘cross and that is always good in itself.”

She is leading the series ahead of Jolien Verschueren (Young Telenet Fidea), who has 53 points, while Helen Wyman (Matrix Fitness) moved up into third place with 41 points, tied with compatriot Nikki Harris (Young Telenet Fidea).

There are four more rounds to be contested at Francorchamps on December 13, Diegem on December 27, Hoogstraten on February 2 and Middelkerke on February 13.

Asked if she could possibly win eight of eight events, Cant said, “That would be really nice, but Francorchamps, for example, is not really my thing.”

Superprestige standings after Gavere

Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice Golden Palace Ct59 pts
2Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan AA Drink Team51 
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb Napoleon Games Cycling Team50 
4Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin47 
5Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb Napoleon Games Cycling Team33 
6Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Corendon-Kwadro33 
7Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice Golden Palace Ct28 
8Tim Merlier (Bel) Vastgoedservice Golden Palace Ct27 
9Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team17 
10Corné van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team15 
Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sanne Cant (Bel) Team Ciclismo Mundial60 pts
2Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team53 
3Helen Wyman (GBr) Matrix Fitness Vulpine41 
4Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team41 
5Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) AA-Drink-Kalas Team40 
6Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team38 
7Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Individueel30 
8Femke Van den Driessche (Bel) Kleur Op Maat – Nodrugs Cycling Team25 
9Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Kleur Op Maat - Nodrugs21 
10Loes Sels (Bel) Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team21 

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