Vantornout puts on master klaas in Gavere mud

Pauwels and Nys complete the podium

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) used his bike skills and power to dominate the deep mud and slippery conditions and so win the fourth Superprestige round in Asper-Gavere, Belgium on Sunday.

The tall Belgian managed to go clear alone just before the start of the last lap as teammate Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) slipped in the mud and briefly delayed Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea).

Vantornout managed to carve out a clear advantage to secure an important victory and show he is one of the strongest cyclo-cross riders of the season. Pauwels finished second to make it a great day for Sunweb - Napoleon Games.

"This is a fantastic win. I'm not winning a lot of races and I was still missing out on a big classic win. This one comes just behind the Belgian championships I won last year," Vantornout said.

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) came from a long way back to finish third, with Meeusen slipping to an angry and disappointed fourth after being in contention for much of the race. The podium finish vaulted Nys back to the top of the Superprestige series standings, after Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus), the overnight leader, faded back from a fast start to sixth.

"I didn't want to make the mistake to start too fast. It was a tactical decision. It was not the intention to lose a lot of time when my chain came off. I stood still for 15 seconds. That's what I lacked in the end," Nys said. "I'm pleased to be leading the series now. It's better to lead than to chase."

Van der Poel wasn't worried too much. "I hoped to finish in the top five, and it's a sixth place. The course took its toll. I struggled to click in my pedals because of the small rocks," Van der Poel said.

Veterans Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) and Sven Vanthourenhout (Crelan – AA Drink) showed they excel on the tougher courses, managing good eighth and ninth places, respectively.

The huge Belgian crowds packed the side of the muddy descents and got to enjoy numerous tumbles and slips in the mud. "The crowds continue to grow. It's an amazing feeling to ride through that wall of sound," Vantornout said.

Nys defends his lead next week at the famous F1 car circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, one day after the World Cup round in Koksijde. "That's probably going to be even harder than this course," Nys said. Van der Poel trails Nys by two points. Van der Haar and Vantornout share third place at three points from Nys.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games  
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games  
3Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink  
4Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea  
5Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano  
6Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) BKCP Powerplus  
7Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP Powerplus  
8Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea  
9Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink  
10Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon-KwadrO  
11David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP Powerplus  
12Corné van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea  
13Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace  
14Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games  
15Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games  
16Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team  
17Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
18Patrick Gaudy (Bel) Veranclassic-Doltcini Cycling Team  
19Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
20Eddy Van IJzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team  
21Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
22Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles  
23Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team  
24Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team  
25Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team  
26Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team  
27Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continentaal Team  
28Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)  
29Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team  
30Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team  
31Asier Arregui Dominguez (Spa)  
32Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel)  
33Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)  
34Asier Urdaibai Erauzkin (Spa)  
35Josu Arregi Dominguez (Spa)  
Superprestige standings after 4 races
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink52 pts
2Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) BKCP Powerplus50 
3Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano49 
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games49 
5Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games48 
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea45 
7Corné van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea28 
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon-KwadrO24 
9Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP Powerplus22 
10Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace20 
11David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP Powerplus17 
12Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea16 
13Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink13 
14Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet-Fidea9 
15Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games8 
16Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team8 
17Dieter Vanthourenhout7 
18Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games6 
19Julien Taramarcaz (Cze) Corendon KwadrO4 
20Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace3 
21Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games2 


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