Boulo outsprints Van der Haar

Baestaens holds World Cup lead

France's Matthieu Boulo has won the seventh round of the men’s Under 23 World Cup on home soil in Pontchâteau. The 21-year-old French champion outsprinted European champion Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) for the victory. Matteo Trentin (Italy) was best of the rest at half a minute from the leading duo. Belgian pro rider Vincent Baestaens finished sixth in France and remains World Cup leader.

After a fast reconnaissance lap with a compact peloton, Trentin was one of the few riders who could keep the pace high. The Italian created a gap over the rest of the pack for two laps. Behind him Boulo had another acceleration in his legs and going into the third lap he chased Trentin down. Van der Haar was the only rider capable to stay near Boulo, while Trentin faded and was later caught by a group with Baestaens, Joeri Adams (Belgium), Jim Aernouts (Belgium), Mike Teunissen (The Netherlands), Ole Quast (Germany) and Irwin Gras (France).

Van der Haar needed a couple of laps to catch up with Boulo but during the sixth lap the two got together. About 45 seconds behind the leading duo Trentin launched a solo counter-attack.

Whilst the duo in front was looking for their second breath they knew that nobody would come back at them from behind. Trentin battled for third place with a gap of 10 seconds over Teunissen while the rest of the chasers followed further behind.

The duo in front headed for a sprint which was surprisingly won by Boulo. Trentin held on to his gap over the other chasers and claimed his first podium result of the season in the World Cup. Adams won the sprint of a large group for fourth place holding off Teunissen, Baestaens, Gras, Silvestri, Aernouts, Vinnie Braet (Belgium) and Jimmy Turgis (France).

In the World Cup standings Baestaens lost 20 points on Van der Haar and now has only a five point lead. Formerly second place Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) had an off-day in Pontchâteau and his 18th position puts him back into fourth place. Boulo is now third at 21 points from Baestaens.

Van der Haar heads into next week's last World Cup round in Hoogerheide which is ridden on home soil knowing that he currently has much better form than Baestaens.

Full Results
1Matthieu Boulo (Fra) France0:51:55 
2Lars van der Haar (Ned) Netherlands  
3Matteo Trentin (Ita) Italy0:00:33 
4Joeri Adams (Bel) Belgium0:00:54 
5Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands0:00:55 
6Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Belgium  
7Irwin Gras (Fra) France  
8Elia Silvestri (Ita) Italy  
9Jim Aernouts (Bel) Belgium  
10Ole Quast (Ger) Germany0:00:57 
11Vinnie Braet (Bel) Belgium  
12Jimmy Turgis (Fra) France0:00:59 
13Micki Van Empel (Ned) Netherlands0:01:20 
14Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Netherlands  
15Thibault Taboury (Fra) France-B0:01:22 
16David Menut (Fra) France0:01:24 
17Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech Republic  
18Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium0:01:26 
19Théo Vimpere (Fra) France0:01:27 
20Lubomir Petrus (Cze) Czech Republic0:01:28 
21David Van Der Poel (Ned) Netherlands  
22Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Netherlands  
23Camille Thominet (Fra) France0:01:31 
24Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium0:02:03 
25Jérémy Grimal (Fra) France-B0:02:04 
26Freddie Guilloux (Fra) France-B  
27Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Belgium0:02:50 
28Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic0:02:56 
29Michael Schweizer (Ger) Germany0:03:16 
30Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy0:03:35 
31Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic0:03:51 
32Miguel Fillaut (Fra) France-B0:04:02 
33Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic0:04:13 
34Marcel Meisen (Ger) Germany  
35Max Walsleben (Ger) Germany0:05:07 
36Rudy Kowalski (Fra) France-B0:05:15 
37Fabian Danner (Ger) Germany -3laps 
World Cup standings after round 4
1Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Belgium180pts
2Lars van der Haar (Ned) Netherlands175 
3Matthieu Boulo (Fra) France159 
4Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium158 
5Joeri Adams (Bel) Belgium116 
6Elia Silvestri (Ita) Italy106 
7Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands100 
8Jim Aernouts (Bel) Belgium99 
9Micki Van Empel (Ned) Netherlands81 
10Matteo Trentin (Ita) Italy77 
11Vinnie Braet (Bel) Belgium75 
12Marcel Meisen (Ger) Germany63 
13Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands61 
14Ole Quast (Ger) Germany53 
15Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands52 
16Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Netherlands48 
17Sean De Bie (Bel) Belgium45 
18Arnaud Grand (Swi) Switzerland44 
19Irwin Gras (Fra) France37 
20Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium35 
21Marek Konwa (Pol) Poland32 
22Karel Hnik (Cze) Czech Republic28 
23Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Belgium28 
24Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic28 
25Daniel Summerhill (USA) United States28 
26Sven Beelen (Bel) Belgium25 
27Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Netherlands24 
28Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark23 
29Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic22 
30Michael Schweizer (Ger) Germany22 
31Zach Mcdonald (USA) United States22 
32Jimmy Turgis (Fra) France19 
33Tim Merlier (Bel) Belgium18 
34Angelo De Clercq (Bel) Belgium18 
35Thibault Taboury (Fra) France16 
36David Menut (Fra) France15 
37Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) Italy15 
38Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech Republic14 
39Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic14 
40Jens Adams (Bel) Belgium13 
41Théo Vimpere (Fra) France12 
42Lubomir Petrus (Cze) Czech Republic11 
43Melvin Rulliere (Fra) France11 
44David Van Der Poel (Ned) Netherlands10 
45Camille Thominet (Fra) France8 
46Théo Dumanchin (Fra) France8 
47Jérémy Grimal (Fra) France6 
48Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands6 
49Freddie Guilloux (Fra) France5 
50Radek Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic4 
51Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Lux) Luxembourg4 
52Matthias Bossuyt (Bel) Belgium3 
53Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany2 
54Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy1 
55Michael Winterberg (Swi) Switzerland1 

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