Vantornout victorious at Superprestige Gieten

Sunweb-Revor rider ends Nys's Superprestige win streak

What didn't seem possible in Belgium was accomplished in the Netherlands by Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor). The 30-year-old held off Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) to win the fifth round of the Superprestige series in Gieten, putting an end to Nys's unbeaten streak in the series. Due to the off-day of world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) - who finished fifth in Gieten - Nys's lead in the overall standings grows to a massive 11 points.

Before the race Vantornout stated that the winner was already known, hinting that it was impossible to beat Nys in circumstances like the ones the riders witnessed in Gieten. It was one for the big engines as the wind, mud or uphill stretches never allowed for recovery.

Vantornout smiled when referred to those statements. "I also said we would continue to try to beat him," Vantornout told Vier. "I'm doing a great season so far with a win in Ardooie and now even a Superprestige race. It's super."

Vantornout, the lieutenant of Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor), joined Nys and Pauwels when they caught Albert by surprise with an attack on the finishing straight just before hitting the fourth lap of the race. In the following four laps it became clear Albert wouldn't get back to the leading trio and the bell lap would bring the decision.

Vantornout took the initiative for most of the lap and in the final corners he gave it everything he had. Behind him Nys made a small mistake and he lost contact. "Shortly before the finish I accelerated and got a small gap. I heard Sven made a mistake. Without that mistake it would be hard to beat him in the sprint. I had to try and get a gap on him," Vantornout said.

Nevertheless, Vantornout struggled hard to bring the win home on the finishing straight as he lost his momentum in the headwind while Nys picked up speed behind him. Vantornout dug deep and with a finish line bike throw the Sunweb-Revor rider finished a few centimetres ahead of a hard-charging Nys to grab a big victory.

"I slipped just when I wanted to start my engine," Nys told Vier. "I did believe that it was still possible [to win], especially because of the headwind. I had something left in my legs and saw that he bonked. He rode his sprint just before the road. I probably fell 20cm short. It was a nice weekend, nevertheless. It can't be a party every time."

Pauwels was not in the mix for the sprint and completed the top three at a short distance behind. Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) rode a strong race and was best of the rest. He finished fourth, ahead of Albert who was disappointed with his performance.

"As a world champion you can't be happy with a fifth place. I seem to suffer with the second race in each weekend," Albert said on Vier.

Further back Jonathan Page came from behind to grab a decent 15th place, confirming his performance from Asper-Gavere. The American seems on the way back up and added another Superprestige point to his tally in the Netherlands.

Full Results
1Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:54:06 
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:00:10 
4Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:43 
5Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:48 
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:00:57 
7Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:18 
8Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:01:39 
9Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:01:40 
10Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:01:43 
11Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:52 
12Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:01:58 
13Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:02:01 
14Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL0:02:17 
15Jonathan Page (USA)0:02:26 
16Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:02:32 
17Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:02:37 
18Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:52 
19Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:01 
20Mitchell Huenders (Ned)0:03:10 
21Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team  
22Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus  
23Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus  
24Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:04:02 
25Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:04:49 
26Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) 36Cycling0:05:02 
27Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:05:38 
28Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:05:57 
29Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:06:15 
30Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea0:06:44 
31Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole0:06:59 
32Jordy Luisman (Ned)0:07:28 
33Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea0:07:39 
34Tim Rieckmann (Ger)  -2laps 
35Bart Barkhuis (Ned)  -3laps 
36Paul Timmer (Ned)  -4laps 
37Sebastian Sattler (Ger)  
38Paul Heij (Ned)  -5laps 
Superprestige standings after 5 rounds
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony74pts
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus63 
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor61 
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor58 
5Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team51 
6Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea44 
7Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team42 
8Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea38 
9Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team25 
10Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team21 
11Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus16 
12Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus15 
13Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus14 
14Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept13 
15Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea11 
16Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco10 
17Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony9 
18Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus8 
19Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube7 
20Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team5 
21Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor5 
22Jonathan Page (USA)5 
23Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL2 
24Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL2 
25Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team1 
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