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Van der Poel wins men's Hansgrohe Superprestige Zonhoven

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Superprestige Zonhoven podium (l-r): Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice), Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Laurens Sweeck (ERA Real Estate - Circus)

Superprestige Zonhoven podium (l-r): Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice), Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Laurens Sweeck (ERA Real Estate - Circus)
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The Zonhoven sand pit was once again packed with fans

The Zonhoven sand pit was once again packed with fans
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The two leaders running up the sandhill with the fans cheering them on

The two leaders running up the sandhill with the fans cheering them on
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The fans packed out the sandpit for the best of the action

The fans packed out the sandpit for the best of the action
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Philipp Walsleben (Beobank-Corendon)

Philipp Walsleben (Beobank-Corendon)
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Kevin Pauwels (Marlux - Napoleon Games Cycling) rode to tenth place

Kevin Pauwels (Marlux - Napoleon Games Cycling) rode to tenth place
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Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) leading Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) leading Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) takes the lead ahead of Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) for the descent

Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) takes the lead ahead of Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) for the descent
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The two leaders, Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) and Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

The two leaders, Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) and Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) is cheered on by the fans

Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) is cheered on by the fans
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World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) running ahead of Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) running ahead of Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) ahead of Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) ahead of Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) takes the lead ahead of Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) takes the lead ahead of Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice)

World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice)
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German champion Philipp Walsleben (Beobank-Corendon)

German champion Philipp Walsleben (Beobank-Corendon)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) takes the lead

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) takes the lead
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The sand pit in Zonhoven is one of the most iconic places in 'cross

The sand pit in Zonhoven is one of the most iconic places in 'cross
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) wins Superprestige Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) wins Superprestige Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) wins Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) wins Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice Contine)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice Contine)
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Van der Poel

Van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice Contine)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice Contine)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice Contine)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice Contine)
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Superprestige Zonhoven podium

Superprestige Zonhoven podium
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) on the ground in Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) on the ground in Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) wins Superprestige Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) wins Superprestige Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) wins sprint in Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) wins sprint in Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) fell to the ground after winning in Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) fell to the ground after winning in Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) fell to the ground after winning in Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) fell to the ground after winning in Zonhoven
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Crash in Zonhoven elite men's race

Crash in Zonhoven elite men's race
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Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon and Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice

Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon and Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice
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Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon and Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice

Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon and Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice
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Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon wins sprint in Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon wins sprint in Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon wins in Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon wins in Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) won his second Superprestige of the season at Zonhoven Sunday. The Dutchman out-sprinted world champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice), while Laurens Sweeck (Era Real Estate - Circus) finished in third.

Van der Poel launched his own early move but Van Aert quickly latched on and the pair gained an advantage on their other rivals. Sweeck later joined them on the final lap but couldn't hold onto their pace.

Van der Poel proved strongest against Van Aert in the final sprint for the line to take the victory, and exhaustedly fell to the ground after crossing the finish line. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon1:01:15
2Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice
3Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era Real Estate - Circus0:00:28
4Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin0:00:46
5Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games Cycling0:01:10
6Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace0:01:21
7Rob Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice0:01:36
8Michael Boros (Cze) Beobank-Corendon0:01:48
9David van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon0:02:00
10Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games Cycling0:02:06
11Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Beobank-Corendon0:02:25
12Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:51
13Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:13
14Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles - Ridley RT0:03:15
15Joeri Adams (Bel) Kalas-NNOF0:03:17
16Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Beobank-Corendon0:03:30
17Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR-Spiuk CX Team0:03:35
18Kevin Suarez Fernandez (Spa) Bioracer-MMMR-Nesta0:03:56
19Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) Beobank-Corendon0:04:20
20Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Kalas-NNOF-1 Lap
21Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team-2 Laps
22Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - Ekoi-3 Laps
23Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Santa Cruz Factory Racing
24Yelle Leaerts (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW-5 Laps
25Sander Elen (Bel) Profel - United C.T.
DNFToon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
DNFTim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice
DNFJulien Taramarcaz (Swi) Corendon-Kwadro
DNFGianni Vermeersch (Bel) Steylaerts-Verona
DNFThijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team
DNFStan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
DNFDiether Sweeck (Bel) Era Real Estate - Circus
DNFWietse Bosmans (Bel) Beobank-Corendon
DNFJim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
DNFDario Tielen (Bel) Individueel

 

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