Van Der Haar dominates in Tabor

Silvestri, Teunissen step on podium

U23 world champion Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) lived up to the high expectations by dominating the first round espoir men's World Cup in Tabor.

Halfway through the race Van der Haar distanced Elia Silvestri (Italy) and then went on to build up a huge lead over the competition at the finish line. Silvestri barely managed to hold off Mike Teunissen (Netherlands) for second place. US rider Zach McDonald (Rapha Focus) finished tenth in Tabor.

Van der Haar simply crushed the opposition in Tabor. Silvestri did all he could to follow the Dutch rider who recently won Cross Vegas in the USA. Behind the leading duo a group of thirteen riders battled for third place. McDonald was among this group and in the third lap he set up a breakaway attempt together with Belgians Vinnie Braet and Wietse Bosmans.

While the leaders had a gap of half a minute, the trio was reeled back in by the other chasers during the fourth lap. In front Silvestri realized it wasn’t possible to stay with Van der Haar and the Italian took his foot from the gas. Silvestri quickly lost 15 seconds on Van der Haar but kept the same gap on the other chasers.

In that chase group, home rider Jan Nesvadba sneaked away, once again with Belgians Braet and Bosmans but also this attempt failed.

During the final laps Van der Haar simply extended his lead while Silvestri was starting to lose ground on the large chase group. Teunissen stormed forward in the penultimate lap together with Bosmans, Braet, Nipl Vojtech (Czech Republic), Gert-Jan Bosman (Netherlands) and McDonald.

Van der Haar eased off in the end and simply captured the win. Silvestri had just enough left in his tank to hold on to his second place. The battle for third place was won by Teunissen, just ahead of Bosmans and Arnaud Grand (Switzerland). McDonald was in the mix for third place all race long but lost ground in the final lap, finishing tenth.

Full results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 0:50:44  
2 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Italy 0:00:44  
3 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 0:00:47  
4 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:48  
5 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:51  
6 David Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus    
7 Vojtech Nipl (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny    
8 Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb Revor 0:00:52  
9 Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team.    
10 Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus 0:00:54  
11 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Madeta - Fitness / Specialized 0:00:56  
12 Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:07  
13 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:08  
14 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb Revor 0:01:24  
15 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France    
16 Stan Godrie (Ned) Netherlands    
17 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:33  
18 Tomáš Paprstka (Cze) Remerx Cycling Team Kolín    
19 Lubomír Petruš (Cze) Kc Hlinsko 0:01:47  
20 Yannick Mayer (Ger) 0:01:51  
21 Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy 0:01:53  
22 Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:01:56  
23 Igor Smarzaro (Ita) Italy 0:01:57  
24 Radek Polnický (Cze) Empella Czech Team 0:02:01  
25 Sven Beelen (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:02:04  
26 Michael Boroš (Cze) Cyklo Team Tábor 0:02:05  
27 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 0:02:12  
28 Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Italy 0:02:27  
29 Michael Schweizer (JR) 0:02:59  
30 Jakub Skála (Cze) Cyklo Team Tábor 0:03:15  
31 Irwin Gras (Fra) France 0:03:26  
32 Toni Bretschneider (Ger) Germany 0:03:35  
33 Marek Rauchfuss (Cze) Remerx Cycling Team Kolín 0:03:42  
34 Emil Arvid Olsen (Den) 0:04:02  
35 Max Walsleben (Ger) Germany 0:04:25  
36 Enno Quast (Ger)    
37 Constantin Liebenow (Ger) Germany 0:05:19  
38 Domenico Maria Salviani (Ita) Italy 0:05:49  
39 Bartosz Pilis (Pol) Poland 0:07:02  
40 Marek Michalec (Svk) Slovakia 0:07:15  
41 (-1 lap) Jaroslav Chalas (Svk) Dukla Trencin Merida    
42 Patryk Kostecki (Pol) Poland    
43 Wojciech Malec (Pol) Poland    
44 (-2 laps) Mateusz Chmurzewski (Pol) Poland    
45 Matis Preimanis (Lat) Latvia    
46 (-3 laps) Kamil Wolkowicz (Pol) Poland    

U23 Men - World Cup standings after 1 round

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Netherlands 60  pts
2 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Italy 50  
3 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands 45  
4 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium 40  
5 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Switzerland 35  
6 David Van Der Poel (Ned) Netherlands 30  
7 Vojtech Nipl (Cze) Czech Republic 28  
8 Vinnie Braet (Bel) Belgium 26  
9 Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Netherlands 24  
10 Zach Mcdonald (USA) United States 22  
11 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech Republic 20  
12 Karel Hnik (Cze) Czech Republic 19  
13 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium 18  
14 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands 17  
15 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France 16  
16 Stan Godrie (Ned) Netherlands 15  
17 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Netherlands 14  
18 Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic 13  
19 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) Czech Republic 12  
20 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany 11  
21 Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy 10  
22 Tim Merlier (Bel) Belgium 9  
23 Igor Smarzaro (Ita) Italy 8  
24 Radek Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic 7  
25 Sven Beelen (Bel) Belgium 6  
26 Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic 5  
27 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark 4  
28 Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Italy 3  
29 Michael Schweizer(Jr) (Ger) Germany 2  
30 Jakub Skala (Cze) Czech Republic 1  
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