Toon Aerts wins Superprestige De Schorre Boom elite men

Toon Aerts (Telenet Baloise Lions) put in a dominant performance to win the second round of the Telenet Superprestige in Boom. The win came a week after a late mechanical robbed the Belgian of competing for the win at the first Superprestige round

Aerts stamped his authority on the race after the opening laps and never looked back once he opened a gap. Quinten Hermans (Telenet Baloise Lions) clung on for second place after a spirited fightback from Tom Pidcock (Trinity).

Pidcock was running in sixth place after the opening lap but he picked his way through the field during the last three laps and even closed in on Hermans in the closing stages. It looked as though the British rider had the speed for a possible sprint finish but he was left trailing when Hermans increased the pace through the final corners.

The pecking order was established early on with Aerts, Hermans joined by Corne Van Kessel (Telenet Baloise Lions), Tim  Merlier (CREAFIN –FRISTADS), Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal) and Pidcock by the end of the first lap.

Pidcock was unable to deal with the furious pace and instead wisely followed his own tempo a few seconds off the lead group as the race entered the second lap. Hermans was the first rider to establish a gap on the field as the race started the third lap but Aerts and Sweeck soon made it a leading trio as Van Kessel dropped back to Pidcock.

By the fifth lap Aerts had begun to show his dominance and just as Pidcock looked to be closing in on the leading trio the Belgium lifted the pace once more and moved clear. Sweeck saw his chances of a podium place evaporate when a late mechancial and a forced change of footwear slowed him down, while Pidcock continued to mount a chase. 

Hermans held Aerts at 19 seconds at the start of the final lap but the leader was in complete control throughout the testing course that combined cobbles, mud, climbs and sand. With less than a few hundred meters to go Pidcock even managed to catch Hermans but he was unable to respond when the Belgian pushed on the pedals. 

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Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions 1:01:42
2Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions 0:00:08
3Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Trinity Racing 0:00:17
4Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions 0:00:49
5Lars Van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions 0:00:51
6Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 0:01:25
7Tim Merlier (Bel) Creafin – Fristads 0:01:38
8Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Creafin – Fristads 0:02:09
9Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 0:02:22
10Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon - Circus 0:02:34
11Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon - Circus 0:02:57
12Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions 0:03:05
13Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) 0:03:07
14Ben Turner (GBr) Creafin – Fristads 0:04:05
15Yannick Peeters (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 0:04:40
16Cameron Mason (GBr) Trinity Racing 0:04:49
17Joran Wyseure (Bel) 0:05:28
18Wout Vervoort (Bel) Iko – Crelan 0:05:48
19Thibaut De Smet (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex 0:06:58
20Nicolas De Smet (Bel)
21Arno Van den Broeck (Bel)
22Victor Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal
23Sander De Vet (Bel)
24Xander Geysels (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex
25Maxime Gagnaire (Fra)
26Pete Uptegrove (Ned)
27Finn Mansfield (GBr)
DNFDaan Soete (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal
DNFEdwin De Wit (Bel)
DNFBen Tulett (GBr) Corendon - Circus
DNFGianni Siebens (Bel)
DNFCraig Gow (GBr)
DNFPieter-Jan Vliegen (Bel)

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