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Pauwels claims Superprestige in Zonhoven

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Kevin Pauwels on the run up

Kevin Pauwels on the run up
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Of course beer and food was available for the fans

Of course beer and food was available for the fans
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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team)

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team)
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Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team)

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team)
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Lars Van Der Haar (Giant-Shimano Development Team)

Lars Van Der Haar (Giant-Shimano Development Team)
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Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) descends

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) descends
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Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) coming out of a sandy corner

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) coming out of a sandy corner
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Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) leads Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) up the hill

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) leads Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) up the hill
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Niels Wubben (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team)

Niels Wubben (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team)
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Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team) sneaks through the gap as Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team) decides to carry his bike over the sand

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team) sneaks through the gap as Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team) decides to carry his bike over the sand
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Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) on the sand

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) on the sand
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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team) crashes as Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) rides past

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team) crashes as Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) rides past
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Philipp Walsleben (BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team)

Philipp Walsleben (BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team)
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Japan's Yu Takenouchi

Japan's Yu Takenouchi
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 Jens Adams (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team)

Jens Adams (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team)
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There was plenty of different viewing locations for the race

There was plenty of different viewing locations for the race
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Bart Barkhuis (Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team)

Bart Barkhuis (Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team)
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The rider running up the sand hill

The rider running up the sand hill
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Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) picks his line on the sandy descent

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) picks his line on the sandy descent
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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team) leads on the descent

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team) leads on the descent
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A popular spot to watch the race from

A popular spot to watch the race from
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There was no single line chosen by the men on the descent

There was no single line chosen by the men on the descent
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Lars Van Der Haar (Giant-Shimano Development Team) crosses the line in third place

Lars Van Der Haar (Giant-Shimano Development Team) crosses the line in third place
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Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team)

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team)
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Gianni Vermeersch (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team)

Gianni Vermeersch (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team)
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The sand descent was a popular spot to watch the race from

The sand descent was a popular spot to watch the race from
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Riders trying to stay up right on the sand

Riders trying to stay up right on the sand
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A single line of riders head down the sandy descent

A single line of riders head down the sandy descent
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Julien Taramarcaz (Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team)

Julien Taramarcaz (Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team)
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Joeri Adams (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team)

Joeri Adams (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team)
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Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team)

Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team)
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Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) leads out of a corner

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) leads out of a corner
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Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) buries himself in the sprint

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) buries himself in the sprint
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) takes the win

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) takes the win
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) takes the win

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) takes the win
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Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) loses the sprint to

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) loses the sprint to
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) takes the win

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) takes the win
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The Superprestige podium

The Superprestige podium
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Zonhoven podium (l-r): Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team), Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) and Lars Van Der Haar (Giant-Shimano Development Team)

Zonhoven podium (l-r): Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team), Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) and Lars Van Der Haar (Giant-Shimano Development Team)
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Sven Nys takes second on the day

Sven Nys takes second on the day
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Nys and Pauwels shake hands on the podium

Nys and Pauwels shake hands on the podium
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Kevin Pauwels wins Superprestige in Zonhoven

Kevin Pauwels wins Superprestige in Zonhoven
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games)

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games)
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games)

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games)
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) carries his bike up the climb

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) carries his bike up the climb
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Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) on the run-up

Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) on the run-up
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games)

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games)
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Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano Development)

Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano Development)
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) takes the win

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) takes the win
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) and Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) sprint to the finish line

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) and Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team) sprint to the finish line
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) and Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team)

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) and Sven Nys (Crelan - AA Drink Team)
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team) tops the podium in Zonhoven

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team) tops the podium in Zonhoven
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) won a two-man sprint to the line against Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) to take the win at the Superprestige’s second round in Zonhoven on Sunday. Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano Development) crossed the line 13 seconds behind the two leaders and placed third.

It was a weekend of second places for the Belgian champion, who lost the two-man sprint to Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team) during the previous day’s Bpost Bank Trofee Koppenbergcross.

A few of the same key players shaped the Superprestige race with Nys, Pauwels, van der Haar and Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) taking the reins.

Nys made a late-race move that looked to have the race sewn up if it weren’t for a determined Pauwels, who dug deep to regain contact with the front rider at the end of the last lap.

Pauwels was the strongest of the pair during the sprint on the pavement to the finish line and he took a well-deserved victory. Although it was another second place for Nys this weekend, he didn’t leave the Superprestige round two event empty handed because he moved into the overall series lead.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:58:04
2Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team
3Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano Development Team0:00:13
4Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:33
5Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team0:00:58
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:01:12
7Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team0:01:15
8Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:01:22
9Corné Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:01:38
10Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team0:01:44
11Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team0:02:07
12Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:14
13Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team
14Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team
15Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team0:02:19
16Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team0:02:28
17Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles0:02:34
18Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:48
19Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:54
20Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:45
21Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team
22Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continentaal Team
23Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team
24Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW
25Patrick Gaudy (Bel) Veranclassic-Doltcini Cycling Team
26Hendrik Sweeck (Bel) Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team
27Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)
28Niels Koyen (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team
29Bart Barkhuis (Ned)

 

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