Van der Poel wins Superprestige Middelkerke

Van Aert makes the grand slam - takes overall after mid-race mechanical

Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Corendon) claimed the final Superprestige victory of the season in Middelkerke, soloing away on the slick, muddy course to beat Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea) and world champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan Vastgoedservice). Van Aert took out the overall classification for the series over Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink), who completed his final Superprestige race in fourth place.

The mishap-strewn race began with a dramatic mechanical to Laurens Sweeck, who snapped his chain in the start, and turned tense when Van Aert wrecked his derailleur on the second lap and was forced to run quite some distance to the pits for a fresh bike, dropping to 30th position.

The deficit put Nys in a strong position to unseat Van Aert in the overall standings - the veteran with 64 Superprestige wins and 13 final classification victories was riding well to maintain third, but could not withstand the comeback of the world champion.

Nys succumbed in the final lap, missing out on the race podium, but held onto second overall ahead of Lars van der Haar in the series.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Corendon1:05:01 
2Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:22 
3Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental0:00:43 
4Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan AA Drink Team0:00:49 
5Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:01:00 
6Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin0:01:20 
7Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:01:39 
8Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:03 
9Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:05 
10Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era Real Estate-Murprotec0:02:08 
11Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:11 
12Joeri Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental0:02:20 
13Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BKCP-Corendon0:02:31 
14Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:03:12 
15Stephen Hyde (USA) Cannondale Cyclocrossworld0:03:22 
16Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cyclingteam0:03:41 
17Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Corendon  
18Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) Mmr Cx Team / Cc Zuiano0:04:02 
19Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Superano Ham - Isorex - Tarteletto0:04:09 
20Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:04:20 
21Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan Aa Drink Team0:05:15 
22David Van Der Poel (Ned) Bkcp-Corendon  
23Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:05:32 
24Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Kalas-H.Essers-Noff Cycling Team0:05:52 
25Michael Boros (Cze) Bkcp-Corendon0:06:16 
26Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Rs-Bikes Racing Team Pulderbos0:06:36 
27Bart Hofman (Bel) Nodrugs Heroes Flanders0:07:26 
28Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:07:39 
29Antonin Marecaille (Fra) Avc Aix En Provence  
30Hendrik Sweeck (Bel) Era Real Estate-Murprotec  
31Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Canada  
32Niels Koyen (Bel) Bike Experience Cycling Team  
33Quincy Vens (Bel) Superano Ham - Isorex - Tarteletto  
34Yoann Corbihan (Fra) Hennebont Cyclisme  
35Nicolas Le Besq (Fra) Ac Centuloise  
36Edwin De Wit (Bel) Reno Systems Cycling Team  
37Tony Le Bail (Fra) Vc Scaerois  
38Camille Dubois (Fra) Uc Ifs Heronville  
39Arnaud Martin (Fra) Uc Ifs Heronville  
DNFLaurens Sweeck (Bel) Era Real Estate-Murprotec  
DNFTim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental  
DNFRadomir Simunek (Cze) Era Real Estate-Murprotec  
DNFMichael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
DNFDieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
DNFJan Denuwelaere (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental  
DNFKevin Botrel (Fra) Vs Ploumagoar  
Final Superprestige standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wout van Aert107 pts
2Sven Nys99 
3Lars van der Haar87 
4Kevin Pauwels84 
5Klaas Vantornout70 
6Tom Meeusen63 
7Laurens Sweeck60 
8Mathieu van der Poel49 
9Corné van Kessel42 
10Tim Merlier40 
11Toon Aerts36 
12Rob Peeters28 
13Gianni Vermeersch23 
14David van der Poel20 
15Julien Taramarcaz19 
16Diether Sweeck19 
17Thijs van Amerongen14 
18Jim Aernouts14 
19Joeri Adams13 
20Philipp Walsleben11 
21Vincent Baestaens11 
22Michael Vanthourenhout9 
23Michael Boros9 
24Jens Adams7 
25Clément Venturini7 
26Jens Vandekinderen4 
27Marcel Meisen4 
28Radomir Simunek4 
29Niels Wubben3 
30Sven Vanthourenhout2 
31Stan Godrie1 
32Stephen Hyde1 

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