Van der Poel solos to victory in Middelkerke

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) soloed to victory in the final round of the Superprestige Trophy in Middelkerke. Tim Merlier (Crelan-Charles) finished second, 18 seconds down, after a race-long battle with Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Bingoal) who ceded the sprint and took third at 18 seconds.

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus1:00:17
2Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan - Charles0:00:15
3Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:00:19
4Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon - Circus0:00:34
5Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions0:00:39
6Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era-Circus0:00:48
7Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:01:00
8David van der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus0:01:13
9Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:01:23
10Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:01:40
11Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:01:59
12Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Era-Circus0:02:13
13Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:02:36
14Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:02:40
15Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Steylaerts - Betfirst0:02:43
16Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions0:02:49
17Felipe Orts Lloret (Spa) Ginestar - Delikia0:03:05
18Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:03:35
19Marcel Meisen (Ger) Steylaerts - Betfirst0:03:52
20Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:04:01
21Rob Peeters (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - VastgoedserviceRow 20 - Cell 2
22Joeri Adams (Bel)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Stan Godrie (Ned) Crelan - Charles0:04:20
24Michael Boroš (Cze) Pauwels Sauzen - VastgoedserviceRow 23 - Cell 2
25Gioele Bertolini (Ita)0:04:57
26Braam Merlier (Bel) Steylaerts - Betfirst0:05:13
27Ismael Esteban Aguero (Spa) Ginestar - Delikia0:05:30
28Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned)0:05:50
29Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned)0:05:58
30Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) Steylaerts - Betfirst0:06:01
31Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex0:06:07
32Jonas Degroote (Bel)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Hendrik Sweeck (Bel)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Dario Tielen (Bel)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel) Tarteletto - IsorexRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tobin Ortenblad (USA)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Gosse Van Der Meer (Ned)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Niels Koyen (Bel)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Edwin De Wit (Bel)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Eric Thompson (USA)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Jelle De Bock (Bel)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Tyler Cloutier (USA)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Vincent Oger (Bel)Row 43 - Cell 2
DNFVincent Baestaens (Bel)Row 44 - Cell 2

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix