Vantornout puts on master klaas in Gavere mud

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) used his bike skills and power to dominate the deep mud and slippery conditions and so win the fourth Superprestige round in Asper-Gavere, Belgium on Sunday.

The tall Belgian managed to go clear alone just before the start of the last lap as teammate Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) slipped in the mud and briefly delayed Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea).

Vantornout managed to carve out a clear advantage to secure an important victory and show he is one of the strongest cyclo-cross riders of the season. Pauwels finished second to make it a great day for Sunweb - Napoleon Games.

"This is a fantastic win. I'm not winning a lot of races and I was still missing out on a big classic win. This one comes just behind the Belgian championships I won last year," Vantornout said.

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) came from a long way back to finish third, with Meeusen slipping to an angry and disappointed fourth after being in contention for much of the race. The podium finish vaulted Nys back to the top of the Superprestige series standings, after Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus), the overnight leader, faded back from a fast start to sixth.

"I didn't want to make the mistake to start too fast. It was a tactical decision. It was not the intention to lose a lot of time when my chain came off. I stood still for 15 seconds. That's what I lacked in the end," Nys said. "I'm pleased to be leading the series now. It's better to lead than to chase."

Van der Poel wasn't worried too much. "I hoped to finish in the top five, and it's a sixth place. The course took its toll. I struggled to click in my pedals because of the small rocks," Van der Poel said.

Veterans Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) and Sven Vanthourenhout (Crelan – AA Drink) showed they excel on the tougher courses, managing good eighth and ninth places, respectively.

The huge Belgian crowds packed the side of the muddy descents and got to enjoy numerous tumbles and slips in the mud. "The crowds continue to grow. It's an amazing feeling to ride through that wall of sound," Vantornout said.

Nys defends his lead next week at the famous F1 car circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, one day after the World Cup round in Koksijde. "That's probably going to be even harder than this course," Nys said. Van der Poel trails Nys by two points. Van der Haar and Vantornout share third place at three points from Nys.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games
3Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink
4Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea
5Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano
6Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) BKCP Powerplus
7Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP Powerplus
8Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea
9Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink
10Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon-KwadrO
11David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP Powerplus
12Corné van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea
13Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace
14Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games
15Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games
16Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team
17Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
18Patrick Gaudy (Bel) Veranclassic-Doltcini Cycling Team
19Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team
20Eddy Van IJzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team
21Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
22Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles
23Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team
24Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team
25Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team
26Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team
27Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continentaal Team
28Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)
29Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team
30Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team
31Asier Arregui Dominguez (Spa)
32Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel)
33Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)
34Asier Urdaibai Erauzkin (Spa)
35Josu Arregi Dominguez (Spa)
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Superprestige standings after 4 races
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink52pts
2Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) BKCP Powerplus50Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano49Row 2 - Cell 3
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games49Row 3 - Cell 3
5Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games48Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea45Row 5 - Cell 3
7Corné van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea28Row 6 - Cell 3
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon-KwadrO24Row 7 - Cell 3
9Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP Powerplus22Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace20Row 9 - Cell 3
11David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP Powerplus17Row 10 - Cell 3
12Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea16Row 11 - Cell 3
13Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink13Row 12 - Cell 3
14Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet-Fidea9Row 13 - Cell 3
15Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games8Row 14 - Cell 3
16Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team8Row 15 - Cell 3
17Dieter Vanthourenhout7Row 16 - Cell 3
18Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games6Row 17 - Cell 3
19Julien Taramarcaz (Cze) Corendon KwadrO4Row 18 - Cell 3
20Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace3Row 19 - Cell 3
21Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games2Row 20 - Cell 3


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