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Nys beats Vantornout in Superprestige Gavere

Elite Men: Gavere -

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Sven Nys triumphs over his rivals

Sven Nys triumphs over his rivals (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Kevin Pauwels, Bart Wellens and Lars Van Der Haar lead the pack

Kevin Pauwels, Bart Wellens and Lars Van Der Haar lead the pack (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Nys runs with his bike

Sven Nys runs with his bike (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Kevin Pauwels

Kevin Pauwels (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Aurelien Duval

Aurelien Duval (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Jim Aernouts

Jim Aernouts (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Nys

Sven Nys (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Kevin Pauwels

Kevin Pauwels (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Bart Wellens

Bart Wellens (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Niels Albert

Niels Albert (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Rob Peeters

Rob Peeters (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Julien Taramarcaz

Julien Taramarcaz (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Thijs Van Amerongen

Thijs Van Amerongen (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Lars Van Der Haar

Lars Van Der Haar (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Niels Albert

Niels Albert (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Philip Walsleben

Philip Walsleben (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Bart Wellens and Lars Van Der Haar

Bart Wellens and Lars Van Der Haar (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Bart Wellens and Lars Van Der Haar fight for the same space

Bart Wellens and Lars Van Der Haar fight for the same space (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Bart Wellens

Bart Wellens (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Bart Wellens runs with his bike.

Bart Wellens runs with his bike. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Julien Taramarcaz

Julien Taramarcaz (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Jose Antonio Diez Arriola

Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Radomir Simunek

Radomir Simunek (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Julien Taramarcaz

Julien Taramarcaz (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Lars Van Der Haar

Lars Van Der Haar (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Vanthourenhout

Sven Vanthourenhout (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Christoph Pfingsten

Christoph Pfingsten (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Jim Aernouts

Jim Aernouts (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Aurelien Duval

Aurelien Duval (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Vanthourenhout

Sven Vanthourenhout (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Jan Denuwelaere

Jan Denuwelaere (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Nys wins this Superprestige round

Sven Nys wins this Superprestige round (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Niels Albert after the finish

Niels Albert after the finish (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Etienne Gevaert, President Of The Hansgrohe Superprestige

Etienne Gevaert, President Of The Hansgrohe Superprestige (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Etienne Gevaert, President Of The Hansgrohe Superprestige, and his wife

Etienne Gevaert, President Of The Hansgrohe Superprestige, and his wife (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Elite men's podium: Klaas Vantornout, Sven Nys, Bart Wellens

Elite men's podium: Klaas Vantornout, Sven Nys, Bart Wellens (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Elite men's podium: Klaas Vantornout, Sven Nys, Bart Wellens

Elite men's podium: Klaas Vantornout, Sven Nys, Bart Wellens (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Elite men's podium: Klaas Vantornout, Sven Nys, Bart Wellens

Elite men's podium: Klaas Vantornout, Sven Nys, Bart Wellens (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Elite men's podium: Klaas Vantornout, Sven Nys, Bart Wellens

Elite men's podium: Klaas Vantornout, Sven Nys, Bart Wellens (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Lots of fans were out, including those cheering Zdnek Stybar

Lots of fans were out, including those cheering Zdnek Stybar (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Race winner Sven Nys

Race winner Sven Nys (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Race winner Sven Nys

Race winner Sven Nys (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Etienne Gevaert and Sven Nys chat after the race

Etienne Gevaert and Sven Nys chat after the race (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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A victorious Sven Nys

A victorious Sven Nys (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Jim Aernouts

Jim Aernouts (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Lubomir Petrus

Lubomir Petrus (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Jose Antonio Diez Arriola

Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Nys

Sven Nys (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Klaas Vantornout

Klaas Vantornout (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Kevin Pauwels

Kevin Pauwels (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Niels Albert

Niels Albert (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Christoph Pfingsten hops back on his bike

Christoph Pfingsten hops back on his bike (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Huge crowds surround the pits

Huge crowds surround the pits (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Nys lifts his arms in victory

Sven Nys lifts his arms in victory (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Nys wins the race.

Sven Nys wins the race. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Nys celebrates victory

Sven Nys celebrates victory (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Etienne Gevaert and Sven Nys pose for a photo.

Etienne Gevaert and Sven Nys pose for a photo. (Image credit: Photopress.be)

With two impressive wins in two days Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) underlined his dominance in the cyclo-cross scene. His Saturday win on a fast course in Hasselt was a demonstration of both tactical and technical skills. On Sunday, Nys concluded his great weekend with a classy finish in muddy Asper-Gavere, his eighth win in the cyclo-cross classic. In a two-man sprint, Nys easily bested Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor).

“I don’t think I’ve ever been this good. I’ve certainly got more punch in my legs than other years. Klaas was very good today but there’s only a few riders I have to fear in the sprint,” Nys said.

Nys is still unbeaten in the Hansgrohe Superprestige series this season and duly strengthened his lead over world champion Niels Albert (BKCP- Powerplus). Albert had an off-day and finished in a season-worst sixth place.

In Gavere, the 36-year-old Nys dealt well with a top-notch performance from Klaas Vantornout. The latter found a muddy, demanding course that suited his abilities to perfection. Vantornout anticipated Nys’ first acceleration by going on a solo attack during the third of eight tough laps. One lap later, Nys moved forward and bridged up with Vantornout when starting the fifth lap. What followed was a thriller in which both riders tried to get rid of each other, especially during the final ascent towards Grenier castle.

“Sven sneaked past me when I didn’t expect it. I had to do something,” Vantornout said. Off the bike he sprinted his way over Nys, blocking his path. Their positions changed a couple more times but eventually they were still together on top of the climb. “I gained a few metres on him after the pit but it wasn’t enough,” Vantornout added.

A sprint would conclude the thriller. Vantornout led it out but Nys blew past him.

“My sprint was really fast but what can you say about that from Sven. What is it he can’t do,” Vantornout wondered. “He’s superior to everybody these days.”

Fifty seconds later, Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) concluded a strong race with a surprising third place, his first podium of the season in a series race.

“Finishing on the podium is a surprise to me. It’s beyond all expectations, especially in a classic like this one,” Wellens told Cyclingnews. During the first half of the race Wellens rode near the front, before riding in a group with Nys and Kevin Pauwels behind leader Vantornout and chaser Bart Aernouts (AA Drink-Leontien.nl).

“My mechanics and father told me to hold back and pace myself but I was comfortable. I was waiting for Nys to attack. When he did [halfway the race] I was caught behind Bart Aernouts and lost a lot of metres. From there I rode my own race. I bridged up with Pauwels and got rid of him in the running sections,” Wellens added.

First non-Belgian rider in Gavere was Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink-Leontien .nl) in eighth place at more than two minutes from Nys. The Dutchman led the race for a while until he – like many other riders – was confronted with a broken derailleur. Also notable was the performance from American rider Jonathan Page. After a lacklustre start to the season Page – still without a main sponsor – bounced back from a bad start to finish twelfth, grabbing his first Superprestige points of the season. “This is very good for my head. I finally showed I can ride a bike,” Page said.

The next round in the Hansgrohe Superprestige series is held next Saturday in Gieten, Netherlands.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony1:03:02
2Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:00:02
3Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:50
4Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:05
5Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:30
6Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:52
7Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:02:07
8Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink0:02:15
9Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:05
10Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:03:24
11Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube0:04:09
12Jonathan Page (USA)0:04:19
13Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:04:36
14Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:04:45
15Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:05:22
16Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned)0:05:45
17Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL0:05:53
18Isaac Suarez (Spa)0:06:05
19Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:06:15
20Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks0:09:18
21 (-1 lap)Bart Hofman (Bel) Afdeling Oost-Vlaanderen WBV-VZW
22 (-2 laps)Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus
23 (-2 laps)Jose Antonio Diez (Spa)
24 (-3 laps)Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution Bicycle
DNFRadomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus
DNFDieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
DNFVincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
DNFJoeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea
DNFMatthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole
DNFGerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team
DNFIan Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized
DNFMariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco
DNFMarcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus
DNFMicki van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
DNFNiels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team

Superprestige standings after 4 rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony60pts
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus52
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor48
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor43
5Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team41
6Lars van der Haar (Ned)39
7Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea33
8Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea32
9Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team25
10Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink25
11Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus16
12Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus14
13Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea11
14Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus8
15Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube7
16Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus6
17Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team5
18Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor5
19Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept5
20Jonathan Page (USA)4
21Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco3
22Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony3
23Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL2
24Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team1

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