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Van Der Poel conquers the Zonhoven sandpit

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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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David van der Poel at the Zonhoven finish

David van der Poel at the Zonhoven finish
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David van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) finished a strong fourth

David van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) finished a strong fourth
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Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea)

Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea)
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Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles)

Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) won the Zonhoven SuperPrestige race

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) won the Zonhoven SuperPrestige race
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Mathieu van der Poel again takes centre stage

Mathieu van der Poel again takes centre stage
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon)
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David van der Poel finishing fourth at Zonhoven

David van der Poel finishing fourth at Zonhoven
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Lars van der Haar on the Zonhoven podium

Lars van der Haar on the Zonhoven podium
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Wout Van Aert on the Zonhoven podium

Wout Van Aert on the Zonhoven podium
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Winner Mathieu van der Poel flanked by runner-up Wout Van Aert and third-placed Lars van der Haar at Superprestige Zonhoven

Winner Mathieu van der Poel flanked by runner-up Wout Van Aert and third-placed Lars van der Haar at Superprestige Zonhoven
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The men's podium at Zonhoven

The men's podium at Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel on the Zonhoven podium

Mathieu van der Poel on the Zonhoven podium
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Mathieu van der Poel celebrates a Superprestige win at Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel celebrates a Superprestige win at Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel wins the Zonhoven Superprestige.

Mathieu van der Poel wins the Zonhoven Superprestige.
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Mathieu van der Poel rolls down the Zonhoven finishing straight to take the win.

Mathieu van der Poel rolls down the Zonhoven finishing straight to take the win.
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Wout Van Aert finishing second at Superprestige Zonhoven

Wout Van Aert finishing second at Superprestige Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel at Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel at Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel racing at Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel racing at Zonhoven
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Wout Van Aert at Zonhoven

Wout Van Aert at Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel en route to a Superprestige win at Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel en route to a Superprestige win at Zonhoven
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Wout Van Aert at the Superprestige Zonhoven

Wout Van Aert at the Superprestige Zonhoven
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Laurens Sweeck trudging through the Zonhoven sand

Laurens Sweeck trudging through the Zonhoven sand
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Mathieu van der Poel carrying the bike at Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel carrying the bike at Zonhoven
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Toon Aerts at Zonhoven

Toon Aerts at Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel on foot in the Zonhoven sand

Mathieu van der Poel on foot in the Zonhoven sand
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Quinten Hermans at Zonhoven

Quinten Hermans at Zonhoven
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Lars Van der Haar racing at Zonhoven

Lars Van der Haar racing at Zonhoven
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Fans packed the house at Zonhoven

Fans packed the house at Zonhoven
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Lars van der Haar at Zonhoven

Lars van der Haar at Zonhoven
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Michael Vanthourenhout at Zonhoven

Michael Vanthourenhout at Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel on his way to a Zonhoven victory

Mathieu van der Poel on his way to a Zonhoven victory
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Wout Van Aert in the Zonhoven sand

Wout Van Aert in the Zonhoven sand
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Wout Van Aert at Zonhoven

Wout Van Aert at Zonhoven
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Riders navigating the sand at Zonhoven

Riders navigating the sand at Zonhoven
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Quinten Hermans riding to sixth at Zonhoven

Quinten Hermans riding to sixth at Zonhoven
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Kevin Pauwels at Zonhoven

Kevin Pauwels at Zonhoven
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The Telenet Fidea lion enjoying some time on the podium

The Telenet Fidea lion enjoying some time on the podium
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Mathieu van der Poel celebrates his win in Zonhoven

Mathieu van der Poel celebrates his win in Zonhoven
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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) won the second round of the Superprestige, conquering the famous sandpit at Zonhoven and leaving his rivals struggling. Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) finished 21 second back, with third place going to Lars van der Haar (Telenet-Fidea) at 35 seconds.

It is van der Poel’s second victory at the race in two years, and his second win in two days after Saturday’s Poldercross. The Dutchman currently seems unbeatable, leaving his many Belgian rivals frustrated and searching for answers.

An uncharacteristically slow start for van der Poel saw him back in sixth place on the opening lap as Laurens Sweeck (Era-Circus) pushed the pace from the off and lead down the first, hectic drop-off into the sandpit. Van Aert sensed the early opportunity and soon took Sweeck and Quinten Hermans (Telenet-Fidea) with him to open up a ten second gap on van der Poel at the end of the first lap.

The lead wouldn’t last though, and any thought that van der Poel might struggle was swiftly dismissed as the Dutchman made the catch on lap three. Nevertheless, it looked as though the huge crowds that had turned out in the warm weather would be treated to a big battle for supremacy.

Van der Poel had other ideas, attacking the uphill-downhill sandpit section on lap four. The gap was immediate and decisive; by the end of the lap he was 20 seconds up on Van Aert and on his way to victory.

It wasn’t a flawless race for the Dutch champion as a crash on a tight corner midway through the hour slowed his progress for a handful of seconds. He almost crashed on a descent into the sandpit too, using his bike skills to stay upright and avoid any embarrassment infront of the huge crowd.

Behind Van Aert also had problems. He was kept busy dealing with pressure from van der Haar and, surprisingly, David van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon).

The final quarter of an hour saw that fight become a two-man battle as David van der Poel fell back. Van der Haar stuck around - clearly on good form having somehow beaten Mathieu last weekend. On the pe-nultimate lap he made his move, passing Van Aert in the thick sand but the World Champion struck back in the closing stages to claim second place.

Out front, van der Poel was untouchable, enjoying the applause of the crowd and even pulling a trick jump on the final lap.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon1:07:07
2Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan - Charles0:00:22
3Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions0:00:36
4David van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon0:01:16
5Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era-Circus0:01:44
6Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:01:55
7Michael Boroš (Cze) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:02:17
8Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:02:41
9Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice
10Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era-Circus0:02:43
11Tom Meeusen (Bel) Beobank-Corendon0:03:20
12Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games0:03:52
13Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan - Charles0:04:14
14Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) Steylaerts - Betfirst0:04:41
15Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games0:04:46
16Rob Peeters (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:05:11
17Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Steylaerts - Betfirst
18Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions
19Stan Godrie (Ned) Crelan - Charles
20Vincent Baestaens (Bel)
21Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games
22Gioele Bertolini (Ita)
23Sander Elen (Bel)
24Martin Eriksson (Swe)
25Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned)
26Jens Vandekinderen (Bel)
27David Eriksson (Swe)
28Dries Pauwels (Bel)
29Niels Koyen (Bel)
30Yelle Leaerts (Bel)
31Grzegorz Grabarek (Pol)
32Andrew Juiliano (USA)
DNFMichael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games
DNFJoris Nieuwenhuis (Ned)
DNFKlaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games
DNFYu Takenouchi (Jpn)
DNFJoeri Adams (Bel)
DNFSergio Ivan Fernandez Rodriguez (Spa)
DNFHenrik Jansson (Swe)
DSQTwan Van Den Brand (Ned)

 

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