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Young Van der Poel wins Superprestige opener

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Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins in Gieten

Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins in Gieten
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Sven Nys leads Mathieu van der Poel in Gieten

Sven Nys leads Mathieu van der Poel in Gieten
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Kevin Pauwels leads Tom Meeusen and Lars van der Haar in the sand

Kevin Pauwels leads Tom Meeusen and Lars van der Haar in the sand
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Lars van der Haar (Giant)

Lars van der Haar (Giant)
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Lars van der Haar (Giant)

Lars van der Haar (Giant)
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Lars van der Haar (Giant) led in Gieten

Lars van der Haar (Giant) led in Gieten
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Martin Bina (Kwadro)

Martin Bina (Kwadro)
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Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus)

Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus)
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Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus)

Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus)
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Philip Walsleben (BKCP Powerplus)

Philip Walsleben (BKCP Powerplus)
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Sven Nys (Crelan) had a bad start and chased all day in Gieten

Sven Nys (Crelan) had a bad start and chased all day in Gieten
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb)

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb)
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David van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus)

David van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus)
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Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea)

Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea)
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Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano)

Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano)
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Sven Nys

Sven Nys
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Single file over the muddy hills

Single file over the muddy hills
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The Superprestige Gieten podium

The Superprestige Gieten podium
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Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) tops the podium in Gieten

Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) tops the podium in Gieten
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games)

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games)
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Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus)

Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus)
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Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) takes a solo win in Gieten

Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) takes a solo win in Gieten
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Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins Superprestige opener

Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) wins Superprestige opener
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Nineteen-year-old Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) bounced back from a beaten position to grab the victory in the Superprestige opener in Gieten, Netherlands on Sunday evening.

In the final lap, he powered over Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) who joined his compatriot on the podium. Belgian champion Sven Nys (Crelan), twice as old as winner Van der Poel, was third in Gieten.

Van der Poel is the first leader of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series, screaming out his joy and patting himself on the chest as he crossed the line.

The start of the race in Gieten was given shortly after a minute of silence in memory of late press officer Marc Van Landeghem.

After the start, front-row starter Nys was caught by surprise and missed his start completely. Meanwhile Mathieu van der Poel, Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) and Van der Haar were setting the pace in front. Halfway into the second lap Van der Poel suddenly disappeared from the front.

“My chain got stuck and I had to come back from a distant position. Luckily I was able to move up with Sven Nys,” Van der Poel told Vier.

A crash from Meeusen on the third lap moved Van der Haar and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) into the lead. One lap later, Pauwels had to let go of Van der Haar.

Halfway through the race Van der Poel bridged up to Pauwels, with Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) marking his wheel. Nys was a little further back. “I knew Sven would continue at his own pace but I went flat out for the victory,” Van der Poel told Sporza. Vantornout quickly got dropped and Van der Poel stormed towards Van der Haar.

In the closing laps, Nys bridged up to the main chase group, which included Vantornout and Pauwels but also Mathieu’s older brother David van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus).

In the final lap, Van der Haar was caught back. Halfway through the lap, Van der Poel surged forward just ahead of the sand section. “I tried to make it as hard as possible for him to get back on me but once he got there I didn’t have anything left to counter his attack,” Van der Haar told Vier.

Van der Poel bluntly outpowered Van der Haar in the sand and headed towards his first major victory amongst the pro riders.

Mathieu’s brother David managed to beat Vantornout to grab an unexpected fourth place in Gieten.

After his crash, Meeusen faded and finished 10th. German champion Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) missed his start too but never got back in contention and finished a distant 14th, grabbing only two Superprestige points. Last year, the now retired Niels Albert won the race in Gieten.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus0:56:10
2Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant0:00:02
3Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA-drink0:00:37
4David Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus0:00:44
5Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb Napoleon Games0:00:45
6Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb Napoleon Games0:00:58
7Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea0:01:16
8Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb Napoleon Games0:01:20
9Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb Napoleon Games0:01:24
10Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea0:01:31
11Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace0:01:37
12Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea0:01:43
13Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA-drink Cycling Team0:01:45
14Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus0:01:50
15Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet-Fidea0:02:02
16Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace0:02:11
17Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace
18Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-AA-drink
19Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet-Fidea0:02:25
20Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace0:02:39
21Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb Napoleon Games0:03:40
22Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA-drink Cycling Team0:03:52
23Julien Taramarcaz (Sui) Corendon-Kwadro0:04:25
24Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb Napoleon Games0:04:34
25Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels0:04:41
26Kevin Cant (Bel) Corendon-Kwadro0:04:46
27Tijmen Eising (Ned) Metec0:04:57
28Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon-Kwadro0:05:08
29Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Cycling Team Jo Piels-2Lap
30Niels Koyen (Bel) Metalac Cycling team-2Lap
31Hendrik Sweeck (Bel) Corendon-Kwadro-2Lap
32Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Contr. Mlada Boleslav-2Lap
33Bart Barkhuis (Ned) AWC Assen-Meteoor-Roden-3Lap
34Filip Eberl (Cze) Remex-Meridateam Kolin-3Lap
35Michal Malík (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec-5Lap

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