Van der Haar edges out Alaphilippe

Dutchman seals World Cup triumph

On a sloppy course in Hoogerheide, Lars van der Haar (Rabobank-Giant Off-road Team) wrapped up the overall win in the World Cup with a win on his home soil. The Dutch champion recovered from a miserable start and overtook Julian Alaphilippe (France) in a last-lap effort.

"It was my plan to sit back in the lead group but due to my bad start I couldn't move up. It took much longer than expected but I'm glad I pulled it off," Van der Haar said.

Italian champion Elia Silvestri powered first into the sharp left-hand corner for the hole shot, while top favorite Van der Haar ended up riding halfway back in the bunch. It took almost a lap before four riders separated themselves in front: Tim Merlier (Belgium), Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium), Arnaud Grand (Switerzland) and Julian Alaphilippe were the early leaders. Behind them was a chase group led by Silvestri, Gianni Vermeersch (Belgium) and a Dutch train of five with Van der Haar at the back.

A few riders caught up with the leaders but right at the end of the third lap Alaphilippe jumped away in front. Behind him the pace dropped and the French rider quickly gained a lead of eight seconds. By the end of the fourth lap Alaphilippe had eighteen seconds on a group with Vanthourenhout, Merlier, Grand, Michiel Van der Heijden (The Netherlands) and Van der Haar.

During the following lap Van der Haar started his attempt to catch the sole leader. "I was surprised by the gap he had but it happened because they didn't race behind him. I figured that because I'm one year older than him I should have more power so I could go faster than him on the road. Uphill I know I could handle him. That I knew since the race from last week where I rode on his wheel for one lap," Van der Haar said.

In the end it took Van der Haar about a lap to catch the French leader. With the first chasers at twenty seconds the winner was to be found among the leading duo and in the penultimate lap they rode together. Van der Haar led Alaphilippe and it turned out he pushed the French rider to the limit.

Halfway through the last lap Alaphilippe started making small mistakes and he lost contact with Van der Haar. "Probably I attacked too early," Alaphilippe said. "In the last lap I was at my limit. Lars was too strong and too smart." The Dutchman didn't make any mistakes and reached the finish line with a small gap over Alaphilippe.

Half a minute later Van der Heijden held off Vanthourenhout and finished third, securing his ticket for the world championships in the high-quality Dutch selection. "This is a great result. Normally this wouldn't be a course for me as it comes down to technical skills but then again due to the mud there's some power needed too. I started my cyclo-cross season later and maybe that's why I'm so fresh," Van der Heijden told Cyclingnews.

Merlier – not selected in the Belgian team for the world championships - completed the top five. The sixth place for Mike Teunissen (Netherlands) was enough to secure his second place in the overall World Cup ahead of Alaphilippe.

Half a minute after Teunissen, three under-23 champions rolled across the finish line. Italian champ Silvestri blasted past US champion Zach McDonald and Belgian champion Wietse Bosmans (BKCP-Powerplus). Being able to crack the top 15 after such a horrible start was really impressive and McDonald acknowledged that. "I'm happy with the outcome after my terrible start. From there I didn't want to wait but the traffic is there so I tried to be patient. It played in my advantage that I race with the pro's in the USA and I'm used to race for 60 minutes. In the final laps I had more left in my tank that many others. I moved up more than I did in Liévin last week," McDonald told Cyclingnews.

The riders in the Men Under 23 category battle it out for the world championship title on Saturday afternoon in Koksijde, Belgium.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Netherlands0:50:09 
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France0:00:03 
3Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands0:00:28 
4Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Belgium0:00:45 
5Tim Merlier (Bel) Belgium0:00:51 
6Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands0:00:56 
7Arnaud Grand (Swi) Switzerland0:00:59 
8Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium0:01:05 
9Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) France0:01:14 
10Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Netherlands-B0:01:21 
11Elia Silvestri (Ita) Italy0:01:23 
12Zach Mcdonald (USA) United States0:01:24 
13Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium0:01:32 
14Micki Van Empel (Ned) Netherlands0:01:34 
15Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands-B  
16Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech Republic0:01:47 
17Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy0:01:53 
18Marek Konwa (Pol) Poland0:01:57 
19Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Belgium0:02:03 
20Karel Hnik (Cze) Czech Republic0:02:08 
21Michael (Jr) Schweizer (Ger) Germany0:02:13 
22Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands-B0:02:14 
23Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic0:02:15 
24Jakub Skala (Cze) Czech Republic0:02:16 
25Radek Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic0:02:27 
26Vinnie Braet (Bel) Belgium0:02:32 
27David Menut (Fra) France0:02:47 
28Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Netherlands0:02:55 
29Clément Venturini (Fra) France0:02:56 
30Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark0:03:15 
31David Van Der Poel (Ned) Netherlands0:03:16 
32Kenta Gallagher (GBr) Great Britain0:03:19 
33Stan Godrie (Ned) Netherlands0:03:50 
34Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany0:03:53 
35Camille Thominet (Fra) France0:03:58 
36Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Switzerland0:04:15 
37Emil Arvid Olsen (Den) Denmark0:04:19 
38Jack Clarkson (GBr) Great Britain0:04:28 
39Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Switzerland0:04:42 
40Douwe Verberne (Ned) Netherlands-B0:04:47 
41Vojtech Nipl (Cze) Czech Republic0:04:51 
42Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Spain0:04:58 
43Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Lux) Luxembourg0:05:08 
44Max Walsleben (Ger) Germany0:05:18 
45Lex Reichling (Lux) Luxembourg0:05:19 
46Kévin Bouvard (Fra) France0:05:32 
47Cody Kaiser (USA) United States0:05:54 
48Jonas Pedersen (Den) Denmark0:05:56 
49Steven James (GBr) Great Britain0:06:06 
50Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Spain0:06:21 
51Ludwig Söderqvist (Swe) Sweden0:06:46 
52Luke Gray (GBr) Great Britain0:06:59 
53David Hidalgo Garcia (Spa) Spain0:07:01 
54 (-2 laps)Wojciech Malec (Pol) Poland  
55Domas Manikas (Ltu) Lithuania  
56Bartosz Pilis (Pol) Poland  
57Patryk Kostecki (Pol) Poland  
58Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Spain  
59 (-3 laps)Kiernan Orange (Can) Canada  
60 (-4 laps)Talius Kalina (Ltu) Lithuania  
U23 Men World Cup final standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Netherlands220 pts
2Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands145 
3Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France131 
4Arnaud Grand (Swi) Switzerland102 
5Elia Silvestri (Ita) Italy98 
6Stan Godrie (Ned) Netherlands95 
7Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Belgium95 
8Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium88 
9Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Netherlands87 
10Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands87 
11Micki Van Empel (Ned) Netherlands81 
12Tim Merlier (Bel) Belgium79 
13Vinnie Braet (Bel) Belgium76 
14Zach Mcdonald (USA) United States68 
15Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium67 
16Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech Republic63 
17Vojtech Nipl (Cze) Czech Republic54 
18Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) France54 
19Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic48 
20Karel Hnik (Cze) Czech Republic48 
21David Van Der Poel (Ned) Netherlands47 
22Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Belgium46 
23Clément Venturini (Fra) France42 
24Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy36 
25Marek Konwa (Pol) Poland32 
26Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands29 
27Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany25 
28Jens Adams (Bel) Belgium24 
29Radek Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic24 
30Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Netherlands22 
31Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands16 
32Diether Sweeck (Bel) Belgium16 
33Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark16 
34Jakub Skala (Cze) Czech Republic13 
35Stef Boden (Bel) Belgium12 
36Lubomir Petrus (Cze) Czech Republic12 
37Michael (Jr) Schweizer (Ger) Germany12 
38Igor Smarzaro (Ita) Italy10 
39David Menut (Fra) France10 
40Christophe Balannec (Fra) France9 
41Floris De Tier (Bel) Belgium9 
42Max Walsleben (Ger) Germany7 
43Lars Forster (Swi) Switzerland7 
44Sven Beelen (Bel) Belgium6 
45Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic5 
46Kévin Bouvard (Fra) France4 
47Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Italy3 


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