Vantornout wins Superprestige finale in Middelkerke

Nys wraps up 12th Superprestige title of career

The Superprestige series finale in Middelkerke, Belgium was won by Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). It's the fifth win of the season for the clearly on-form Belgian champion. Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) finished second at five seconds, while Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) secured the final podium spot three seconds behind Albert.

Bart Aernouts (AA Drink Cyclocross Team) finished fourth, followed by world champion Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) in fifth, more than enough to secure his twelfth overall win in the Superprestige Series.

"At the start of the season this wasn't my goal but then I won four consecutive races," Nys said on Vier. "Then you can't do anything else than go for it.

"Today I lacked freshness. I wasn't able to develop the power like I usually do. I made too many mistakes. I bridged up to the front but was never at ease. Too bad I wasn't able to do more if you see how many people showed up today."

Vantornout and Albert quickly attacked the rest of the field on the technical course in Middelkerke. A very eager Tom Meeusen joined forces with Nys in the chase on the two leaders. Halfway through the race the chasing duo made contact with Vantornout and Albert. Meeusen kept taking the initiative and impressed by showing off his technical skills on the barriers and the steep ramps.

Two and a half laps from the end Vantornout accelerated away in the sand and though lacking the technical skills of first chaser Meeusen it was clear that the Belgian champion had the bigger engine. Going into the final lap Vantornout increased his lead up to half a minute and it was clear the three chasers were battling for second place. Albert and Nys seemed to have the upper hand until Meeusen blasted away from the duo by hopping the barriers. Shortly afterwards Nys went over the handlebars and he sat up.

Vantornout had a lot of time to enjoy the applause from the crowd, winning for the second time in Middelkerke two years after his first victory here. Albert held off Meeusen for second place, with the latter clearly very pleased with his podium result. Nys eventually was passed by Bart Aernouts as he didn't push on for fourth place.

"Finally I wasn't struggling with my back," Aernouts said on Vier. "Too bad I crashed early on. I noticed Sven [Nys] wasn't pedalling in the last half and I need every point on Rob [Peeters], but I think it wasn't enough as he came back well."

Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) finished seventh on the day which was just enough to secure his fifth place in the overall Superprestige classification. "I started very bad," Peeters said. "It's all singletrack early on so I had to wait. I got going well and came close to my rivals but then I flatted. Eventually I got back to seventh place."

Much further back Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) finished 14th, citing illness, and wound up fourth overall on the Superprestige standings.

Two places further back Gerben de Knegt crossed the line in his final Superprestige race. The Dutchman was runner-up in the 2005-2006 edition of the Superprestige series and retires at the end of the season. "I only thought about it in the final lap. It's been good. My body is empty. I've been better before," De Knegt said on Vier.

Next week the final cyclo-cross race of the season will take place in Oostmalle.

Full Results
1Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games1:03:23 
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:05 
3Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:08 
4Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:00:37 
5Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:00:38 
6Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:06 
7Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:14 
8Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games  
9Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor0:01:16 
10Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus  
11Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:06 
12Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:02:21 
13Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:02:29 
14Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:02:43 
15Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:05 
16Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:28 
17Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:03:47 
18Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:49 
19Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:03:56 
20Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:04:07 
21Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept0:04:13 
22Jonathan Page (USA)0:04:27 
23Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:04:39 
24Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized0:05:12 
25Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Crelan-KDL0:05:25 
26Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah0:05:38 
27Stef Boden (Bel)0:05:58 
28Micky van Empel (Ned) Crelan-KDL0:06:03 
29Davy Commeyne (Bel)0:06:39 
30Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:07:00 
31Kevin Cant (Bel)0:07:13 
32Niels Wubben (Ned) Giant Off-Road Team  
33Bjorn Rondelez (Bel)  
34Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea  
Final Superprestige standings
1Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony109pts
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus102 
3Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games99 
4Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games90 
5Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea75 
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team73 
7Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea52 
8Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant Off-Road Team49 
9Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus35 
10Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea33 
11Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus32 
12Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team30 
13Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team28 
14Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept23 
15Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah19 
16Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus16 
17Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-Euphony16 
18Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games16 
19Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step13 
20Jonathan Page (USA)11 
21Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah10 
22Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube7 
23Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor7 
24Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team5 
25Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team4 
26Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Crelan-KDL2 
27Micky van Empel (Ned) Crelan-KDL2 
28Niels Wubben (Ned) Giant Off-Road Team1 
29Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team1 
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