Van der Haar prevails in Gieten

Dutchman moves into Superprestige Series lead

Lars van der Haar (Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team) won the fifth round of the Superprestige Series in Gieten, The Netherlands. The European U23 'cross champion outsprinted a large front group which stayed together throughout the event. Belgium's Vincent Baestaens (Telenet-Fidea) finished second while Tijmen Eising (Sunweb-Revor) rounded out the top three in third.

Eising and Mike Teunissen (Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team) were the most aggressive during the race, but neither was able to force a selection heading into the finale.

"When it comes to sprints, I do stand my ground," said Van der Haar. "I ended up in second position on the road and then I knew it was as good as won. It was a nice end to a nervous match in which too many riders were in the leading group."

The victory was doubly good for Van der Haar as the Dutchman moved into the Superprestige Series lead by one point over previous leader Jim Aernouts (BKCP-Powerplus). Aernouts, the Belgian U23 'cross champion, could only manage a ninth place finish in Gieten and surrendered the lead by the slimmest of margins.

Full Results
1Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team0:47:50 
2Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team  
3Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor  
4Micki van Empel (Ned) ZZPR.nl  
5Marcel Meisen (Ger)  
6Mike Teunissen (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team  
7Corné van Kessel (Ned)  
8Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team  
9Jim Aernouts (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
10Tim Merlier (Bel)  
11Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
12Michael Boroš (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor  
13Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team  
14Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
15Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb-Revor  
16Twan van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl  
17Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) ZZPR.nl  
18Kenneth Hansen (Den)  
19Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned)  
20Jens Adams (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
21Michiel van der Heijden (Ned)  
22Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor  
23Max Walsleben (Ger)  
24David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus  
25Tomáš Paprstka (Cze) Scott Cycling Team Kolín  
26Jelle Brackman (Bel) MTB dreamteam0:00:35 
27Sven Beelen (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:00:45 
28Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:50 
29Angelo De Clercq (Bel)0:00:55 
30Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team0:01:05 
31Maurits Lammertink (Ned)0:01:10 
32Radek Polnicky (Cze)0:01:20 
33Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor0:01:30 
34Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:35 
35Jan Nesvadba (Cze) KC Kooperativa Sg Jablonec N.N0:01:40 
36Jonas Guddal (Den)0:02:35 
37Geert van deer Horst (Ned)0:03:10 
38Bart Barkhuis (Ned) WV Meteoor Assen-Roden0:03:50 
39Allan Veenstra (Ned)0:04:00 
40Peio Goikoetxea (Spa) -2laps 
41Lars Maris (Ned) -3laps 
42Erwin Ketellapper (Ned) -5laps 
Superprestige Series standings after 5 rounds
1Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team65pts
2Jim Aernouts (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus64 
3Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team50 
4Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team45 
5Marcel Meisen (Ger)42 
6Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor37 
7Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus30 
8Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb-Revor26 
9Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Revor25 
10Sven Beelen (Bel) Sunweb-Revor23 
11Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor21 
12Micki van Empel (Ned) ZZPR.nl18 
13Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) BKCP-Powerplus13 
14Sean De Bie (Bel)13 
15Mike Teunisse (Ned)13 
16Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole12 
17Corné van Kessel (Ned)12 
18Michiel van der Heijden (Ned)11 
19Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team10 
20Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus10 
21Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team9 
22Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned)9 
23Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team8 
24Matthias Bossuyt (Bel)7 
25Tim Merlier (Bel)6 
26Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor5 
27Twan van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl5 
28Michael Boroš (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor4 
29Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team3 
30Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) ZZPR.nl2 
31Ritchie Denolf (Bel)1 
32Jelle Brackman (Bel) MTB dreamteam1 
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