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November 28, U23 Men:

Van der Haar prevails in Gieten

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Cycling News
Published:
November 28, 2010, 15:13 GMT,
Updated:
November 28, 2010, 23:19 GMT

Dutchman moves into Superprestige Series lead

Lars van der Haar (Rabobank - Giant Off Road Team) sets the pace.

Lars van der Haar (Rabobank - Giant Off Road Team) sets the pace.

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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
1 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:47:50  
2 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team    
3 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor    
4 Micki van Empel (Ned) ZZPR.nl    
5 Marcel Meisen (Ger)    
6 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team    
7 Corné van Kessel (Ned)    
8 Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team    
9 Jim Aernouts (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus    
10 Tim Merlier (Bel)    
11 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus    
12 Michael Boroš (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor    
13 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team    
14 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus    
15 Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb-Revor    
16 Twan van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl    
17 Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) ZZPR.nl    
18 Kenneth Hansen (Den)    
19 Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned)    
20 Jens Adams (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus    
21 Michiel van der Heijden (Ned)    
22 Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor    
23 Max Walsleben (Ger)    
24 David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus    
25 Tomáš Paprstka (Cze) Scott Cycling Team Kolín    
26 Jelle Brackman (Bel) MTB dreamteam 0:00:35  
27 Sven Beelen (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:00:45  
28 Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:50  
29 Angelo De Clercq (Bel) 0:00:55  
30 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:01:05  
31 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) 0:01:10  
32 Radek Polnicky (Cze) 0:01:20  
33 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 0:01:30  
34 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:35  
35 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) KC Kooperativa Sg Jablonec N.N 0:01:40  
36 Jonas Guddal (Den) 0:02:35  
37 Geert van deer Horst (Ned) 0:03:10  
38 Bart Barkhuis (Ned) WV Meteoor Assen-Roden 0:03:50  
39 Allan Veenstra (Ned) 0:04:00  
40 Peio Goikoetxea (Spa)  -2laps  
41 Lars Maris (Ned)  -3laps  
42 Erwin Ketellapper (Ned)  -5laps  
Superprestige Series standings after 5 rounds
1 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 65 pts
2 Jim Aernouts (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 64  
3 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 50  
4 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 45  
5 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 42  
6 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor 37  
7 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 30  
8 Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 26  
9 Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 25  
10 Sven Beelen (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 23  
11 Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 21  
12 Micki van Empel (Ned) ZZPR.nl 18  
13 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) BKCP-Powerplus 13  
14 Sean De Bie (Bel) 13  
15 Mike Teunisse (Ned) 13  
16 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 12  
17 Corné van Kessel (Ned) 12  
18 Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) 11  
19 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 10  
20 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 10  
21 Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 9  
22 Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) 9  
23 Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 8  
24 Matthias Bossuyt (Bel) 7  
25 Tim Merlier (Bel) 6  
26 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 5  
27 Twan van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl 5  
28 Michael Boroš (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 4  
29 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 3  
30 Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) ZZPR.nl 2  
31 Ritchie Denolf (Bel) 1  
32 Jelle Brackman (Bel) MTB dreamteam 1