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Iserbyt holds off Toon Aerts to win Superprestige Jaarmarktcross

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NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal R celebrates at finish line as race winner ahead of Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Baloise Trek Lions L during the 30th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2021 Mens Elite SPNiel Superprestige2022 on November 11 2021 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal celebrates at finish line with victory ahead of Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Baloise Trek Lions during the 2021 Superprestige Jaarmarktcross (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 LR Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Baloise Trek Lions and Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal sprint at finish line during the 30th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2021 Mens Elite SPNiel Superprestige2022 on November 11 2021 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Eli Iserbyt of Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal (right) takes the sprint ahead of Toon Aerts of Team Baloise Trek Lions (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 Quinten Hermans of Belgium and TormansCircus Cyclo Cross Team crosses the finishing line on third place during the 30th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2021 Mens Elite SPNiel Superprestige2022 on November 11 2021 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Quinten Hermans of Belgium and Tormans-Circus Cyclo Cross Team crosses the finish line in Niel on third place (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 Lars Van Der Haar of The Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions competes in a muddy sector during the 30th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2021 Mens Elite SPNiel Superprestige2022 on November 11 2021 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lars Van Der Haar of The Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions would finish fourth, shown here in a muddy sector during Superprestige Jaarmarktcross (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal competes during the 30th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2021 Mens Elite SPNiel Superprestige2022 on November 11 2021 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) won his second consecutive Superprestige Series race on Thursday (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 LR Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Baloise Trek Lions Lars Van Der Haar of The Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions and The Peloton climb a circuit ramp during the 30th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2021 Mens Elite SPNiel Superprestige2022 on November 11 2021 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The four leaders on the course mid-way through the race in Niel (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 Kevin Kuhn of Switzerland and Tormans Cyclo Cross Team competes during the 30th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2021 Mens Elite SPNiel Superprestige2022 on November 11 2021 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Kevin Kuhn of Switzerland and Tormans Cyclo Cross Team would finish ninth (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 Lars Van Der Haar of The Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions competes in a muddy sector during the 30th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2021 Mens Elite SPNiel Superprestige2022 on November 11 2021 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lars Van Der Haar of Team Baloise Trek Lions in the lead with three laps to go (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal competes during the 30th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2021 Mens Elite SPNiel Superprestige2022 on November 11 2021 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Eli Iserbyt of Team Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal on a slippery descent during Superprestige race in Niel (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 LR Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Baloise Trek Lions on second place race winner Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal and Quinten Hermans of Belgium and TormansCircus Cyclo Cross Team on third place pose on the podium ceremony after the 30th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2021 Mens Elite SPNiel Superprestige2022 on November 11 2021 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Men's elite podium (L to R): second place Toon Aerts (Team Baloise Trek Lions), winner Eli Iserbyt (Team Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) and third place Quinten Hermans (Tormans-Circus Cyclo Cross Team) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

In a see-saw battle of the top men in the Superprestige Series, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) outsprinted Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions) to the line in Niel to win Jaarmarktcross.  

Quinten Hermans (Tormans-Circus Cyclo Cross Team) held on to the final podium spot, 22 seconds behind Iserbyt, after creating separation from Lars van der Haar (Balois Trek Lions) with one lap to go. Van der Haar crossed the line two second behind Hermans for fourth.

It was the ninth victory of the season and second consecutive Superprestige win for Iserbyt, who extended his series lead over Aerts.

Half-way through the mid-week contest it was clearly a battle of four riders, with Van der Haar and Aerts countering attacks at the front with Iserbyt and Hermans close behind, each man looking for another to make a mistake. On the next pass of the muddy runup, Van der Haar and Aerts would tumble to the ground and this allowed Iserbyt to charge ahead until Aerts closed down the gap in an off-camber section.

It was in the sand pit that Iserbyt clearly held a cleaner line, nailing his pass with two laps to go while Aerts had to unclip. Passing under the finish line with another lap to go Iserbyt held a six-second lead, but then suffered a puncture and had to make a bike change. This allowed Aerts to make the pass, but Aerts was able to grab his wheel. 

On a final pass of the big moguls of the course, Aerts powered ahead to gain valuable seconds and appeared to drop Iserbyt, until the sand section where Iserbyt would close the gap to Aerts and power to the front for the final sprint.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 1:01:02
2Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions
3Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team 0:00:22
4Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:00:24
5Jens Adams (Bel) 0:01:39
6Toon Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:01:53
7Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:02:01
8Daan Soete (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-group Hens-Containers Maes 0:02:02
9Kevin Kuhn (Swi) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team
10Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin - Fenix 0:02:13
11Tom Meeusen (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-group Hens-Containers Maes 0:02:30
12Ryan Kamp (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:02:50
13Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) 0:03:21
14Joran Wyseure (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team 0:03:38
15Thijs Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:03:56
16Felipe Orts Lloret (Spa) 0:04:11
17Gerben Kuypers (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini CT 0:04:23
18Sander de Vet (Bel) 0:04:32
19Loris Rouiller (Swi) Alpecin - Fenix 0:05:15
20Lennert Belmans (Bel) Iko - Crelan 0:05:41
21Thibau Nys (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:05:46
22Mathijs Wuyts (Bel) 0:05:57
23Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:06:29
24Julian Siemons (Bel) 0:06:49
25Rory McGuire (GBr)
26Arne Baers (Bel)
27Ferre Geeraerts (Bel)
28Nick Peers (Bel)
29Grégory Careme (Bel)
30Siebe Tormans (Bel)
31Twan van der Drift (Ned)
32Yelle Leaerts (Bel)
33Stef Janse (Bel)
34Mathis Avondts (Bel) Iko - Crelan
35Gianni Quintelier (Bel)
36Lukas van der Vleuten (Ned)
37Simon Wyllie (GBr)
38Gauthier Heymes (Fra)
39Andy Ruts (Bel)
DNFCorne van Kessel (Ned) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team
DNFDavid van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin - Fenix
DNFMees Hendrikx (Ned) Iko - Crelan
DNFLen Dejonghe (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-group Hens-Containers Maes
DNFDiether Sweeck (Bel) Iko - Crelan
DNFErben van Meer (Ned)
DNSThomas Mein (GBr) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team
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