Van der Poel overcomes crash with course marshall to win in Diegem

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won yet again in Diegem, maintaining his 100 per cent record in the Superprestige series after a long solo ride and a mid-race crash.

Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Bingoal) took second place 14 seconds back, while 39 seconds down Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) rounded off the podium, coming in ahead of teammate Lars van der Haar.

The victory, which saw Van der Poel recover from a crash with a marshal at the midpoint of the race, marks the end of a dominant 2018 festive season for the Dutchman. It’s his fourth in eight days, having taken victories in the World Cup at Namur and Zolder, and in the DVV Trofee at Azencross.

It took a while for the action to really get going on the rainy, floodlit course in Diegem, with Van der Poel and Van Aert getting caught further back in the peloton at the start. Instead, the pack was fairly compact in the opening stages, with a large group up front, including three Telenet Fidea Lions men.

Vanthourenhout was the first to make a move, going on the offensive towards the end of lap one and fracturing the group for good. Van der Poel threw his glasses away as he accelerated to the wheel in the sandpit, making it a leading duo.

Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) emerged in a solo third place, while Wout Van Aert (Cibel-Cebon) remained some way out of the reckoning, albeit making his way steadily through the pack.

The race’s major incident came just as Van der Poel was starting to gap Vanthourenhout. A marshal who was stood on the course just before a right-hand bend failed to move out of the way in time, with van der Poel unable to avoid a collision.

The Dutchman came up clutching his neck, but quickly remounted and set off in pursuit of the new leader Vanthourenhout. It wasn’t long before he was back up front, and soon after he was off – accelerating away en route to another victory, his 20th of the season.

Further back, Van Aert had made his way up to the Telenet duo of Aerts and Van der Haar, with Vanthourenhout surely his next victim. That move didn’t come though, with Van Aert unable to separate himself from his companions.

Aerts eventually made the podium-clinching move, getting away on a grass section late on. He would ride solo to third place, while Van der Haar got the better of Van Aert, who settled for a distant fifth place to end the year.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus1:03:56
2Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:00:14
3Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:00:39
4Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions0:00:43
5Wout Van Aert (Bel)0:00:56
6Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:01:05
7Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:01:12
8Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned)0:01:22
9Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:01:29
10Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:01:34
11David Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus0:01:49
12Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Steylaerts - 7770:01:53
13Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon - Circus0:02:39
14Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:02:51
15Daan Soete (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:02:55
16Michael Boroš (Cze) Creafin Tüv Sud0:02:57
17Stan Godrie (Ned) Crelan - Charles0:03:01
18Sieben Wouters (Ned) Creafin Tüv Sud0:03:05
19Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Tp Racing0:03:11
20Gioele Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia - Guerciotti - Elite0:03:20
21Zdeněk Štybar (Cze)0:03:25
22Ben Turner (GBr) Corendon - Circus0:03:37
23Vincent Baestaens (Bel)0:03:48
24Stephen Hyde (USA)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Ryan Kamp (Ned)0:03:49
26Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:04:21
27Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Bingoal0:04:24
28Diether Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:04:41
29Loris Rouiller (Swi)0:05:13
30Tomas Kopecký (Cze) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:05:19
31Gage Hecht (USA)0:05:40
32Thymen Arensman (Ned)0:05:47
33Jakob Dorigoni (Ita) Selle Italia - Guerciotti - Elite0:06:53
34Bart Artz (Ned)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Curtis White (USA)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Garneau-Easton P/B Transitions LifecareRow 35 - Cell 2
37Severin Sägesser (Swi)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Daniel Tulett (GBr) Tp RacingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Gunnar Holmgren (Can)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Mario Junquera San Millan (Spa)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Erno Jacob Mccrae (Bel)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Garry Millburn (Aus)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Matthias Van Roy (Bel)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Nicholas Smith (Aus)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Max Judelson (USA)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Cameron Mason (GBr)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Balázs Vas (Hun)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Senne De Meyer (Bel)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Tomas Misser Vilaseca (Spa)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Edwin De Wit (Bel)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Tyler Orschel (Can)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Nicholas Diniz (Can)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Cameron Jette (Can)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Jonatan Östlund (Swe)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Tyler Cloutier (USA)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Philipp Heigl (Aut)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Yelle Leaerts (Bel)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Finlay Robertson (GBr)Row 58 - Cell 2
60James Edmond (GBr)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Filip Stark (Swe)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Peter Olejniczak (USA)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Josh Bauer (USA)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Declan Prosser (Aus)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Matthew Lister (GBr)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Ryan Middlemiss (GBr)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Marvin Runhaar (Ned)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFTim Merlier (Bel) Crelan - CharlesRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFYorben Van Tichelt (Bel)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFTyla Loftus (GBr)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNSTom Martin (GBr)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNSToby Perry (GBr)Row 71 - Cell 2


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