Vantornout wins Superprestige finale in Middelkerke

The Superprestige series finale in Middelkerke, Belgium was won by Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). It's the fifth win of the season for the clearly on-form Belgian champion. Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) finished second at five seconds, while Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) secured the final podium spot three seconds behind Albert.

Bart Aernouts (AA Drink Cyclocross Team) finished fourth, followed by world champion Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) in fifth, more than enough to secure his twelfth overall win in the Superprestige Series.

"At the start of the season this wasn't my goal but then I won four consecutive races," Nys said on Vier. "Then you can't do anything else than go for it.

"Today I lacked freshness. I wasn't able to develop the power like I usually do. I made too many mistakes. I bridged up to the front but was never at ease. Too bad I wasn't able to do more if you see how many people showed up today."

Vantornout and Albert quickly attacked the rest of the field on the technical course in Middelkerke. A very eager Tom Meeusen joined forces with Nys in the chase on the two leaders. Halfway through the race the chasing duo made contact with Vantornout and Albert. Meeusen kept taking the initiative and impressed by showing off his technical skills on the barriers and the steep ramps.

Two and a half laps from the end Vantornout accelerated away in the sand and though lacking the technical skills of first chaser Meeusen it was clear that the Belgian champion had the bigger engine. Going into the final lap Vantornout increased his lead up to half a minute and it was clear the three chasers were battling for second place. Albert and Nys seemed to have the upper hand until Meeusen blasted away from the duo by hopping the barriers. Shortly afterwards Nys went over the handlebars and he sat up.

Vantornout had a lot of time to enjoy the applause from the crowd, winning for the second time in Middelkerke two years after his first victory here. Albert held off Meeusen for second place, with the latter clearly very pleased with his podium result. Nys eventually was passed by Bart Aernouts as he didn't push on for fourth place.

"Finally I wasn't struggling with my back," Aernouts said on Vier. "Too bad I crashed early on. I noticed Sven [Nys] wasn't pedalling in the last half and I need every point on Rob [Peeters], but I think it wasn't enough as he came back well."

Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) finished seventh on the day which was just enough to secure his fifth place in the overall Superprestige classification. "I started very bad," Peeters said. "It's all singletrack early on so I had to wait. I got going well and came close to my rivals but then I flatted. Eventually I got back to seventh place."

Much further back Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) finished 14th, citing illness, and wound up fourth overall on the Superprestige standings.

Two places further back Gerben de Knegt crossed the line in his final Superprestige race. The Dutchman was runner-up in the 2005-2006 edition of the Superprestige series and retires at the end of the season. "I only thought about it in the final lap. It's been good. My body is empty. I've been better before," De Knegt said on Vier.

Next week the final cyclo-cross race of the season will take place in Oostmalle.

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Full Results
1Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games1:03:23
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:05
3Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:08
4Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:00:37
5Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:00:38
6Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:06
7Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:14
8Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon GamesRow 7 - Cell 2
9Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor0:01:16
10Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - PowerplusRow 9 - Cell 2
11Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:06
12Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:02:21
13Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:02:29
14Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:02:43
15Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:05
16Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:28
17Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:03:47
18Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:49
19Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:03:56
20Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:04:07
21Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept0:04:13
22Jonathan Page (USA)0:04:27
23Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:04:39
24Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized0:05:12
25Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Crelan-KDL0:05:25
26Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah0:05:38
27Stef Boden (Bel)0:05:58
28Micky van Empel (Ned) Crelan-KDL0:06:03
29Davy Commeyne (Bel)0:06:39
30Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:07:00
31Kevin Cant (Bel)0:07:13
32Niels Wubben (Ned) Giant Off-Road TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Bjorn Rondelez (Bel)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - FideaRow 33 - Cell 2
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Final Superprestige standings
1Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony109pts
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus102Row 1 - Cell 3
3Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games99Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games90Row 3 - Cell 3
5Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea75Row 4 - Cell 3
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team73Row 5 - Cell 3
7Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea52Row 6 - Cell 3
8Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant Off-Road Team49Row 7 - Cell 3
9Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus35Row 8 - Cell 3
10Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea33Row 9 - Cell 3
11Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus32Row 10 - Cell 3
12Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team30Row 11 - Cell 3
13Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team28Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept23Row 13 - Cell 3
15Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah19Row 14 - Cell 3
16Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus16Row 15 - Cell 3
17Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-Euphony16Row 16 - Cell 3
18Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games16Row 17 - Cell 3
19Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step13Row 18 - Cell 3
20Jonathan Page (USA)11Row 19 - Cell 3
21Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah10Row 20 - Cell 3
22Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube7Row 21 - Cell 3
23Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor7Row 22 - Cell 3
24Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team5Row 23 - Cell 3
25Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team4Row 24 - Cell 3
26Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Crelan-KDL2Row 25 - Cell 3
27Micky van Empel (Ned) Crelan-KDL2Row 26 - Cell 3
28Niels Wubben (Ned) Giant Off-Road Team1Row 27 - Cell 3
29Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team1Row 28 - Cell 3

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