Boulo outsprints Van der Haar

France's Matthieu Boulo has won the seventh round of the men’s Under 23 World Cup on home soil in Pontchâteau. The 21-year-old French champion outsprinted European champion Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) for the victory. Matteo Trentin (Italy) was best of the rest at half a minute from the leading duo. Belgian pro rider Vincent Baestaens finished sixth in France and remains World Cup leader.

After a fast reconnaissance lap with a compact peloton, Trentin was one of the few riders who could keep the pace high. The Italian created a gap over the rest of the pack for two laps. Behind him Boulo had another acceleration in his legs and going into the third lap he chased Trentin down. Van der Haar was the only rider capable to stay near Boulo, while Trentin faded and was later caught by a group with Baestaens, Joeri Adams (Belgium), Jim Aernouts (Belgium), Mike Teunissen (The Netherlands), Ole Quast (Germany) and Irwin Gras (France).

Van der Haar needed a couple of laps to catch up with Boulo but during the sixth lap the two got together. About 45 seconds behind the leading duo Trentin launched a solo counter-attack.

Whilst the duo in front was looking for their second breath they knew that nobody would come back at them from behind. Trentin battled for third place with a gap of 10 seconds over Teunissen while the rest of the chasers followed further behind.

The duo in front headed for a sprint which was surprisingly won by Boulo. Trentin held on to his gap over the other chasers and claimed his first podium result of the season in the World Cup. Adams won the sprint of a large group for fourth place holding off Teunissen, Baestaens, Gras, Silvestri, Aernouts, Vinnie Braet (Belgium) and Jimmy Turgis (France).

In the World Cup standings Baestaens lost 20 points on Van der Haar and now has only a five point lead. Formerly second place Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) had an off-day in Pontchâteau and his 18th position puts him back into fourth place. Boulo is now third at 21 points from Baestaens.

Van der Haar heads into next week's last World Cup round in Hoogerheide which is ridden on home soil knowing that he currently has much better form than Baestaens.

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Full Results
1Matthieu Boulo (Fra) France0:51:55
2Lars van der Haar (Ned) NetherlandsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Matteo Trentin (Ita) Italy0:00:33
4Joeri Adams (Bel) Belgium0:00:54
5Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands0:00:55
6Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BelgiumRow 5 - Cell 2
7Irwin Gras (Fra) FranceRow 6 - Cell 2
8Elia Silvestri (Ita) ItalyRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jim Aernouts (Bel) BelgiumRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ole Quast (Ger) Germany0:00:57
11Vinnie Braet (Bel) BelgiumRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jimmy Turgis (Fra) France0:00:59
13Micki Van Empel (Ned) Netherlands0:01:20
14Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) NetherlandsRow 13 - Cell 2
15Thibault Taboury (Fra) France-B0:01:22
16David Menut (Fra) France0:01:24
17Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech RepublicRow 16 - Cell 2
18Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium0:01:26
19Théo Vimpere (Fra) France0:01:27
20Lubomir Petrus (Cze) Czech Republic0:01:28
21David Van Der Poel (Ned) NetherlandsRow 20 - Cell 2
22Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) NetherlandsRow 21 - Cell 2
23Camille Thominet (Fra) France0:01:31
24Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium0:02:03
25Jérémy Grimal (Fra) France-B0:02:04
26Freddie Guilloux (Fra) France-BRow 25 - Cell 2
27Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Belgium0:02:50
28Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic0:02:56
29Michael Schweizer (Ger) Germany0:03:16
30Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy0:03:35
31Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic0:03:51
32Miguel Fillaut (Fra) France-B0:04:02
33Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic0:04:13
34Marcel Meisen (Ger) GermanyRow 33 - Cell 2
35Max Walsleben (Ger) Germany0:05:07
36Rudy Kowalski (Fra) France-B0:05:15
37Fabian Danner (Ger) Germany-3laps
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World Cup standings after round 4
1Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Belgium180pts
2Lars van der Haar (Ned) Netherlands175Row 1 - Cell 3
3Matthieu Boulo (Fra) France159Row 2 - Cell 3
4Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium158Row 3 - Cell 3
5Joeri Adams (Bel) Belgium116Row 4 - Cell 3
6Elia Silvestri (Ita) Italy106Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands100Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jim Aernouts (Bel) Belgium99Row 7 - Cell 3
9Micki Van Empel (Ned) Netherlands81Row 8 - Cell 3
10Matteo Trentin (Ita) Italy77Row 9 - Cell 3
11Vinnie Braet (Bel) Belgium75Row 10 - Cell 3
12Marcel Meisen (Ger) Germany63Row 11 - Cell 3
13Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands61Row 12 - Cell 3
14Ole Quast (Ger) Germany53Row 13 - Cell 3
15Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands52Row 14 - Cell 3
16Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Netherlands48Row 15 - Cell 3
17Sean De Bie (Bel) Belgium45Row 16 - Cell 3
18Arnaud Grand (Swi) Switzerland44Row 17 - Cell 3
19Irwin Gras (Fra) France37Row 18 - Cell 3
20Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium35Row 19 - Cell 3
21Marek Konwa (Pol) Poland32Row 20 - Cell 3
22Karel Hnik (Cze) Czech Republic28Row 21 - Cell 3
23Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Belgium28Row 22 - Cell 3
24Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic28Row 23 - Cell 3
25Daniel Summerhill (USA) United States28Row 24 - Cell 3
26Sven Beelen (Bel) Belgium25Row 25 - Cell 3
27Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Netherlands24Row 26 - Cell 3
28Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark23Row 27 - Cell 3
29Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic22Row 28 - Cell 3
30Michael Schweizer (Ger) Germany22Row 29 - Cell 3
31Zach Mcdonald (USA) United States22Row 30 - Cell 3
32Jimmy Turgis (Fra) France19Row 31 - Cell 3
33Tim Merlier (Bel) Belgium18Row 32 - Cell 3
34Angelo De Clercq (Bel) Belgium18Row 33 - Cell 3
35Thibault Taboury (Fra) France16Row 34 - Cell 3
36David Menut (Fra) France15Row 35 - Cell 3
37Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) Italy15Row 36 - Cell 3
38Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech Republic14Row 37 - Cell 3
39Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic14Row 38 - Cell 3
40Jens Adams (Bel) Belgium13Row 39 - Cell 3
41Théo Vimpere (Fra) France12Row 40 - Cell 3
42Lubomir Petrus (Cze) Czech Republic11Row 41 - Cell 3
43Melvin Rulliere (Fra) France11Row 42 - Cell 3
44David Van Der Poel (Ned) Netherlands10Row 43 - Cell 3
45Camille Thominet (Fra) France8Row 44 - Cell 3
46Théo Dumanchin (Fra) France8Row 45 - Cell 3
47Jérémy Grimal (Fra) France6Row 46 - Cell 3
48Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands6Row 47 - Cell 3
49Freddie Guilloux (Fra) France5Row 48 - Cell 3
50Radek Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic4Row 49 - Cell 3
51Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Lux) Luxembourg4Row 50 - Cell 3
52Matthias Bossuyt (Bel) Belgium3Row 51 - Cell 3
53Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany2Row 52 - Cell 3
54Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy1Row 53 - Cell 3
55Michael Winterberg (Swi) Switzerland1Row 54 - Cell 3

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