Van der Poel wins second round of Superprestige in Boom

Aerts second, Vermeersch third

Mathieu van der Poel (Corenden-Circus) continued his stranglehold in the Telenet Superprestige series, taking his second straight win in this year's competition with an assured victory in Boom. Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea Lions) took second place from the chase group behind with Gianni Vermeersch making it onto the final step of the podium for Steylaerts-777.

Van der Poel had pushed clear of a select group of five riders halfway through the nine-lap race and held a slim advantage over the chaser, eventually winning by just four seconds.

"I went a bit earlier than expected, I did not want to ride around with a big group, because something can always happen in the sand," Van der Poel told Sporza. "It's a very difficult circuit here in Boom and it's hard to make the difference, I had to ride fast to keep up the gap because the rest were fighting for the podium, so I did not have a lot of moments to rest."

The second round of the Superprestige began under sunny skies in Boom, just south of Antwerp. Van der Poel was the pre-race favourite after his win the week before in Gieten, particularly given the absence of last year’s Boom winner Wout van Aert. The world champion decided to give the Boom race a miss as he focuses his attention on Sunday’s World Cup round in Bern. Mechanical issues meant that Kevin Pauwels was also absent from the start line.

It was a fast start to the race with the Telenet-Fidea Lions pushing a hard pace on the front. Few could keep touch and it wasn’t long before the leading group had been reduced to just five riders. Telenet-Fidea Lions had two in Aerts and Quinten Hermans while Corenden-Circus had Van der Poel. Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice) and Vermeersch rounded out the group.

It was midway around lap four that Van der Poel decided to make his move as the course pitched upwards on a steep incline. Rather than a stinging attack from the Dutchman it was a gradual increase in pace that the others couldn’t keep up with.

Not long after Van der Poel's attack, Sweeck saw his opportunity at success slip away when his seatpost came clean off over a series of jumps. Thankfully, he was not too far away from the pits as he would have to make his way back with no saddle. Sweeck would manage to keep a top 10 position, but he would never see the front again.

Meanwhile, Aerts and Hermans worked together to try and keep Van der Poel in check with Vermeersch holding onto the back of the group of three. His teammate played it cautious after crashing in last year’s race, but edged out his lead little by little as the laps went on.

With two laps to go, the lead was just 15 seconds as Hermans and Aerts continued to pull the chase along. The former appeared to be tiring as his teammate gave him some vocal encouragement to urge him along. It became very apparent that the younger of the two was fading as he was distanced on the penultimate lap of nine.

That was not before Vermeersch took a tumble in the sand after catching his foot in the sandpit and tumbling off his bike. As the Corenden-Circus rider dug deep to make up lost ground, Aerts took the opportunity to try and pull out a gap. Vermeersch would make it back but the drive in pace would spell the end of Hermans’ podium chances.

Up front, Van der Poel continued to plough a lonely furrow. The two remaining chasers would take a big chunk out of his small lead but he still had enough to celebrate as he crossed the line and puts him in a confident mood ahead of the third round of the World Cup.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus0:56:50 
2Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:00:04 
3Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Steylaerts - 7770:00:08 
4Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:00:19 
5Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice0:00:29 
6Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions0:00:33 
7Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal Cycling Team0:00:43 
8David Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus0:00:51 
9Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice0:00:56 
10Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon - Circus0:01:02 
11Daan Soete (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice0:01:27 
12Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan - Charles0:01:39 
13Michael Boroš (Cze) Creafin - Tuv Sud0:01:46 
14Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Development Team Sunweb0:01:56 
15Gioele Bertolini (Ita) Guerciotti  
16Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Mike Thielemans0:01:57 
17Adam Toupalik (Cze) Steylaerts - 7770:02:00 
18Timo Kielich (Bel) Steylaerts - 7770:02:06 
19Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal Cycling Team0:02:13 
20Sieben Wouters (Ned) Creafin - Tuv Sud0:02:29 
21Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Steylaerts - 7770:02:50 
22Ben Turner (GBr)0:02:54 
23Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal Cycling Team0:03:03 
24Andreas Goeman (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:03:10 
25Thomas Mein (GBr) Hope Factory Racing0:03:18 
26Stan Godrie (Ned) Crelan - Charles0:03:24 
27Arno Debeir (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal Cycling Team0:03:32 
28Tomas Kopecky (Cze) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservi0:04:08 
29Niels Derveaux (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex0:04:19 
30Victor Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice0:04:37 
31Yannick Peeters (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice0:04:47 
32Daniel Tulett (GBr) Specialized Racing0:05:05 
33Kelvin Bakx (Ned) Mijnbadlivgiant Offroad Team  
34Cameron Mason (GBr) Endura - Pedal Power0:05:18 
35Xander Geysels (Bel) Wielerclub Steeds Vooraan V.0:05:28 
36Bart Artz (Ned) Zzpr.Nl-Hanclean-Orange Babies0:06:12 
37Dolf Pemen (Bel) Milwaukee - Alphamotorhomes  
38Sander Elen (Bel) Vanomobil Mtb Cycling Team  
39Matthias Van Roy (Bel) Milwaukee - Alphamotorhomes  
40Edwin De Wit (Bel) Reno Systems Cycling Team  
41Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Toyoframe  
42Grzegorz Grabarek (Pol) Ks 64-Sto Leszno  
43Jakob Dorigoni (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciom  
44Joe Williams (GBr) Asfra Racing Team  
DNFDiether Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice  
DNFThomas Joseph (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal Cycling Team  
DNFFinlay Robertson (GBr) Derwentside Cc  
DNFThymen Arensman (Ned) Craft Ten Tusscher / Jvr De Ba  

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