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Vantornout victorious at Superprestige Gieten

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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) gapped Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) before the finishing straight and held off the Belgian champion for the win.

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) gapped Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) before the finishing straight and held off the Belgian champion for the win.
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World champion Niels Albert leads the group

World champion Niels Albert leads the group
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Bart Aernouts (AA Drink)

Bart Aernouts (AA Drink)
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British champion Ian Field

British champion Ian Field
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Klaas Vantornout leads Nys

Klaas Vantornout leads Nys
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Vantornout displayed his superior running strength in Gieten

Vantornout displayed his superior running strength in Gieten
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Klaas Vantornout finally got a big win in Gieten

Klaas Vantornout finally got a big win in Gieten
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Jonathan Page

Jonathan Page
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Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea)

Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea)
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Niels Albert on the run in Gieten

Niels Albert on the run in Gieten
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Lars van der Haar runs the bike in Gieten

Lars van der Haar runs the bike in Gieten
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Lars van der Haar in Gieten

Lars van der Haar in Gieten
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Mariusz Gil (Baboco-Revor)

Mariusz Gil (Baboco-Revor)
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Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink)

Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink)
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Thijs Al (Telenet Fidea)

Thijs Al (Telenet Fidea)
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Sven Nys in Gieten

Sven Nys in Gieten
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Nys leads Vantornout in the Superprestige Gieten

Nys leads Vantornout in the Superprestige Gieten
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Sven Nys racing in Gieten

Sven Nys racing in Gieten
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Radomir Simunek (BKCP Powerplus)

Radomir Simunek (BKCP Powerplus)
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Radomir Simunek on the run in Gieten

Radomir Simunek on the run in Gieten
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Philip Walsleben (BKCP Powerplus)

Philip Walsleben (BKCP Powerplus)
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Sven Nys leads the Sunweb-Revor duo Vantornout and Pauwels

Sven Nys leads the Sunweb-Revor duo Vantornout and Pauwels
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Superprestige Gieten winner Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor)

Superprestige Gieten winner Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor)
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Superprestige Gieten podium (L-R): Sven Nys, 2nd; Klaas Vantornout, 1st; Kevin Pauwels, 3rd

Superprestige Gieten podium (L-R): Sven Nys, 2nd; Klaas Vantornout, 1st; Kevin Pauwels, 3rd
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) checks on Sven Nys in the closing laps of Superprestige Gieten.

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) checks on Sven Nys in the closing laps of Superprestige Gieten.
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) lost contact with Klaas Vantornout and Sven Nys late in the last lap and crossed the finish alone for third place.

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) lost contact with Klaas Vantornout and Sven Nys late in the last lap and crossed the finish alone for third place.
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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) at the head of the race.

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) at the head of the race.
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The Superprestige Gieten finale was a three-man race between Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) and Sunweb-Revor teammates Kevin Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout.

The Superprestige Gieten finale was a three-man race between Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) and Sunweb-Revor teammates Kevin Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout.
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World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
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Superprestige Gieten winner Klaas Vantornout recovers after his victory.

Superprestige Gieten winner Klaas Vantornout recovers after his victory.
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Superprestige Gieten elite men's podium (L-R): Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor)

Superprestige Gieten elite men's podium (L-R): Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor)
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Sven Nys finished second at Superprestige Gieten after winning the first four rounds of the series.

Sven Nys finished second at Superprestige Gieten after winning the first four rounds of the series.
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Belgian champion and Superprestige leader Sven Nys runs a sand section in Superprestige Gieten.

Belgian champion and Superprestige leader Sven Nys runs a sand section in Superprestige Gieten.
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Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) had been unbeaten in Superprestige races heading into the fifth round in Gieten.

Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) had been unbeaten in Superprestige races heading into the fifth round in Gieten.
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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) pushes the pace.

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) pushes the pace.
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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor), right, holds off a charging Sven Nys to win Superprestige Gieten.

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor), right, holds off a charging Sven Nys to win Superprestige Gieten.
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Third place finisher Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor)

Third place finisher Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor)
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Lars van der Haar (Rabobank-Giant Off-road Team)

Lars van der Haar (Rabobank-Giant Off-road Team)
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World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) runs a sand section

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) runs a sand section
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World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) finished a disappointing fifth place in Gieten.

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) finished a disappointing fifth place in Gieten.
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Sven Nys eyes his Sunweb-Revor rivals late in the race at Gieten.

Sven Nys eyes his Sunweb-Revor rivals late in the race at Gieten.
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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) leads Sven Nys and teammate Kevin Pauwels.

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) leads Sven Nys and teammate Kevin Pauwels.
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Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)

Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony)
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Sven Nys found himself in a Sunweb-Revor sandwich in the Superprestige Gieten finale.

Sven Nys found himself in a Sunweb-Revor sandwich in the Superprestige Gieten finale.
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Superprestige Gieten runner-up Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) awaits the podium ceremony.

Superprestige Gieten runner-up Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) awaits the podium ceremony.
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What didn't seem possible in Belgium was accomplished in the Netherlands by Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor). The 30-year-old held off Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) to win the fifth round of the Superprestige series in Gieten, putting an end to Nys's unbeaten streak in the series. Due to the off-day of world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) - who finished fifth in Gieten - Nys's lead in the overall standings grows to a massive 11 points.

Before the race Vantornout stated that the winner was already known, hinting that it was impossible to beat Nys in circumstances like the ones the riders witnessed in Gieten. It was one for the big engines as the wind, mud or uphill stretches never allowed for recovery.

Vantornout smiled when referred to those statements. "I also said we would continue to try to beat him," Vantornout told Vier. "I'm doing a great season so far with a win in Ardooie and now even a Superprestige race. It's super."

Vantornout, the lieutenant of Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor), joined Nys and Pauwels when they caught Albert by surprise with an attack on the finishing straight just before hitting the fourth lap of the race. In the following four laps it became clear Albert wouldn't get back to the leading trio and the bell lap would bring the decision.

Vantornout took the initiative for most of the lap and in the final corners he gave it everything he had. Behind him Nys made a small mistake and he lost contact. "Shortly before the finish I accelerated and got a small gap. I heard Sven made a mistake. Without that mistake it would be hard to beat him in the sprint. I had to try and get a gap on him," Vantornout said.

Nevertheless, Vantornout struggled hard to bring the win home on the finishing straight as he lost his momentum in the headwind while Nys picked up speed behind him. Vantornout dug deep and with a finish line bike throw the Sunweb-Revor rider finished a few centimetres ahead of a hard-charging Nys to grab a big victory.

"I slipped just when I wanted to start my engine," Nys told Vier. "I did believe that it was still possible [to win], especially because of the headwind. I had something left in my legs and saw that he bonked. He rode his sprint just before the road. I probably fell 20cm short. It was a nice weekend, nevertheless. It can't be a party every time."

Pauwels was not in the mix for the sprint and completed the top three at a short distance behind. Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) rode a strong race and was best of the rest. He finished fourth, ahead of Albert who was disappointed with his performance.

"As a world champion you can't be happy with a fifth place. I seem to suffer with the second race in each weekend," Albert said on Vier.

Further back Jonathan Page came from behind to grab a decent 15th place, confirming his performance from Asper-Gavere. The American seems on the way back up and added another Superprestige point to his tally in the Netherlands.

Full Results
1Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:54:06
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:00:10
4Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:43
5Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:48
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:00:57
7Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:18
8Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:01:39
9Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:01:40
10Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:01:43
11Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:52
12Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:01:58
13Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:02:01
14Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL0:02:17
15Jonathan Page (USA)0:02:26
16Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:02:32
17Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:02:37
18Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:52
19Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:01
20Mitchell Huenders (Ned)0:03:10
21Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team
22Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus
23Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus
24Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:04:02
25Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:04:49
26Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) 36Cycling0:05:02
27Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:05:38
28Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:05:57
29Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:06:15
30Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea0:06:44
31Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole0:06:59
32Jordy Luisman (Ned)0:07:28
33Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea0:07:39
34Tim Rieckmann (Ger)-2laps
35Bart Barkhuis (Ned)-3laps
36Paul Timmer (Ned)-4laps
37Sebastian Sattler (Ger)
38Paul Heij (Ned)-5laps

Superprestige standings after 5 rounds
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony74pts
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus63
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor61
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor58
5Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team51
6Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea44
7Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team42
8Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea38
9Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team25
10Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team21
11Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus16
12Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus15
13Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus14
14Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept13
15Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea11
16Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco10
17Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony9
18Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus8
19Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube7
20Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team5
21Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor5
22Jonathan Page (USA)5
23Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL2
24Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL2
25Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team1

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