Meeusen wins Superprestige in Ruddervoorde

Van der Poel tops Vantornout for second

Telenet-Fidea rider Tom Meeusen won a hard-fought third Superprestige round in Ruddervoorde, Belgium, on Sunday, out-sprinting Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) finished fourth in the sprint after a fast race on a dry course.

"I was having a great time. The level was high so I had even more fun, rode even closer on the wheels, riding narrow lines," an excited Meeusen said in the post-race interview tent. "Ruddervoorde is quite a big race and I've never won here. I wanted to score here and I managed to do so."

Van der Poel becomes the sole leader in the overall standings, overtaking former leaders Nys and Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimeano). Van der Haar had to overcome a mid-race tangle with Telenet's Corné van Kessel to salvage his position in the rankings, and after finishing fifth he is now third overall.

Van der Poel was pleased with his performance although he missed a chance to do better. "More was possible. I wanted to lead the group when entering the sand section but I made a mistake and ended up riding in third place. That was too far to have a chance in the sprint. Nevertheless I'm pleased that I'm the new leader. It's a nice bonus," Van der Poel told Cyclingnews.

The win from Meeusen came after a fast and tactical race on the meadow with artificial hills and the cobbled road of the Pyfferoen family in Ruddervoorde. Meeusen was already present in the early lead group which also included Van der Haar and Vantornout.

During the fourth of ten laps Nys closed the gap on the leaders. The Belgian champion was followed by Jens Adams (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace), Corné van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). The large lead group of eight riders battled each other for several laps without creating major damage. The eight men were to battle for the win in the final lap.

"The group was too big for me," Nys said. "If you want to win here you need to be aggressive enough to hold your ground. I lacked that today." In the final laps Nys sat at the back of the group, saving his energy for a last lap surge to the front but he only managed to move up to fourth place.

By the time Nys made his move, Meeusen was already riding his lap-long sprint. At first he was helped by a bobble from Vantornout but then a small mistake through the sand section put the Sunweb rider back into contention. "I was praying that I would not make a mistake. I made a mistake. Luckily I had enough left in my tank to ride the sprint," Meeusen said.

Vantornout didn't have an acceleration left in his legs to repeat his victory from last year. "It's the course that ruined it for me. I'm not a super technical rider. I felt really strong though. I'm pleased that I'm consequently battling for the win," Vantornout told Cyclingnews.

The next round of the Superprestige series is held next week in Asper-Gavere.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team1:03:06 
2Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team  
3Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
4Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team  
5Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano Development Team0:00:12 
6Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team0:00:15 
7Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:00:30 
8Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:57 
9Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team0:01:06 
10Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team0:01:09 
11Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team0:01:23 
12Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:01:42 
13Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team0:01:46 
14Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team0:01:54 
15Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:10 
16Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team  
17Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team  
18Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:26 
19Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continentaal Team0:02:35 
20Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:37 
21Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:48 
22Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:03:07 
23Michael Boros (CZE) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor0:03:22 
24Patrick Gaudy (Bel) Veranclassic-Doltcini Cycling Team0:03:25 
25Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team0:04:12 
26Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:04:27 
27Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)0:04:31 
28Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:04:43 
29Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team0:05:00 
30Hendrik Sweeck (Bel) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team0:05:18 
31Stijn Huys (Bel) Orange Babies Cycling Team  
32Niels Koyen (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team  
33Kevin Van Hoovels  
DNFRob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team  
DNFRadomir Simunek (Cze) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team  
DNFLubomir Petrus (Cze)  
DNFDavid van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team  
DNFJan Denuwelaere (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team  
DNFVinnie Braet (Bel)  
DNFDenis Flahaut (Fra)  
Superprestige standings after 3 rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team40 pts
2Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team39 
3Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano Development Team38 
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team34 
5Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team34 
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team33 
7Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team24 
8Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team20 
9Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team18 
10Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team13 
11David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team12 
12Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team9 
13Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team8 
14Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team8 
15Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team8 
16Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team7 
17Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team6 
18Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team5 
19Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team4 
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