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Superprestige Diegem 2011

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December 23, 2011

December 23, U23 Men:

Van der Haar beats unlucky Bosmans

Brecht Decaluwé
December 23, 2011, 19:04,
December 24, 2011, 14:56

Dutch rider extends lead in Superprestige series

U23 world champion Lars van der Haar (Rabobank-Giant Off-road Team) won a muddy edition of the sixth Superprestige round in Diegem on Friday evening. Belgian rival Wietse Bosmans (BKCP-Powerplus) entered the short finishing straight first, but a recalcitrant pedal denied Bosmans a fair chance. With this victory, Van der Haar strengthened his overall lead in the Superprestige Series.

A crash in front of the peloton in the first corner took out some guys but none of the top guns was hindered. American rider Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) was at the back of the lead group during the first lap. Some riders including McDonald hopped the barriers.

"I gained places by jumping, so why not," McDonald said. A little later, he found out why not when he had clicked out of his pedal while bunnyhopping. "I went over the handlebars and ate shit, but I was alright. Afterward, I kind of took it easy but I wanted to finish the race," McDonald said.

Small mistakes made the difference in front, and eventually the race turned into a duel between Bosmans and Van der Haar. The latter attempted to sneak away in the last technical sections, but Bosmans stood tall and he even ran up the stairs in front positions. Bosmans was extremely quick to get back on the bike, but then he was unable to click into his left pedal. The small stones in the Diegem mud took its toll, and Van der Haar easily sped to yet another victory.

Mike Teunissen (Rabobank-Giant Off-road Team) won the sprint for third place ahead of his teammate Michiel van der Heyden at half a minute from the winner. McDonald eventually finished 30th at more than three minutes from Van der Haar.

Full Results

1 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:46:37  
2 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:04  
3 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:00:33  
4 Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned)    
5 Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:00:49  
6 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:52  
7 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor 0:01:02  
8 Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:01:05  
9 Marek Konwa (Pol) 0:01:09  
10 Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:01:15  
11 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet-Fidea 0:01:17  
12 Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:01:20  
13 Emilien Viennet (Fra) 0:01:25  
14 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - KDL 0:01:33  
15 Floris De Tier (Bel) Baboco    
16 Camille Thominet (Fra) 0:01:38  
17 Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 0:01:41  
18 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) BOXX 0:01:44  
19 Diether Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - KDL 0:01:49  
20 Jens Adams (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:59  
21 Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet-Fidea 0:02:09  
22 Sven Beelen (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:02:18  
23 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea 0:02:22  
24 Dany Lacroix (Bel) 0:02:24  
25 Matthias Bossuyt (Bel) 0:02:41  
26 Igor Smarzaro (Ita) Team Arcobaleno Carraro Trentino 0:02:52  
27 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet-Fidea 0:03:01  
28 Bart De Vocht (Bel) 0:03:07  
29 Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:03:15  
30 Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha Focus 0:03:26  
31 Robby Cobbaert (Bel) 0:03:47  
32 Douwe Verberne (Ned) WV Schijndel 0:03:53  
33 Alexis Caresmel (Fra) 0:03:57  
34 Lorenzo Pepermans (Bel) 0:04:04  
35 Toon Aerts (Bel) 0:04:17  
36 Maxim Panis (Bel) 0:04:26  
37 Rudy Kowalski (Fra) 0:04:37  
38 Bart Barkhuis (Ned) 0:04:46  
39 Luke Gray (GBr) 0:04:52  
40 Jorn Claes (Bel) 0:05:03  
41 Maxime Huygens (Fra) 0:05:06  
42 Zico Waeytens (Bel) 0:05:09  
43 Jeffrey Mellemans (Bel)    
44 Jelle Cant (Bel) 0:05:32  
45 Dimitri Corriette (Fra) 0:05:53  
46 Kenny Maes (Bel) 0:06:14  
47 Andrew Hargroves (GBr) Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Next/Spec 0:06:32  
48 Harm Van Der Sanden (Ned) 0:07:06  
49 Pascal Leroux (Fra)   -1lap  
50 Sibe Smets (Bel)    
51 Kolben Preble (USA) Clif Bar Development Cyclocross Team    
52 Tom Dernies (Bel)   -2laps  
53 Daniel Gerow (USA)    
54 Lee Westwood (GBr) Cycle Shack/Forme Coaching    
55 Jellen Schiettecatte (Bel)    
56 Ilja Peyffers (Bel)    
57 Joachim Janssens (Bel)   -3laps  
Superprestige standings after 6 rounds
1 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 86 pts
2 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 64  
3 Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 58  
4 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 54  
5 Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 48  
6 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 46  
7 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet-Fidea 42  
8 Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 34  
9 Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) 32  
10 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor 29  
11 Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 28  
12 David Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 27  
13 Jens Adams (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 23  
14 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet-Fidea 21  
15 Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 21  
16 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - KDL 18  
17 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea 17  
18 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea 17  
19 Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet-Fidea 11  
20 Marek Konwa (Pol) 11  
21 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) 6  
22 Floris De Tier (Bel) Baboco 6  
23 Douwe Verberne (Ned) WV Schijndel 5  
24 Toon Aerts (Bel) 4  
25 Diether Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - KDL 3  
26 Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 3  
27 Emilien Viennet (Fra) 3  
28 Sven Beelen (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 2  
29 Angelo De Clercq (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 1  

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