Boulo wins but falls one point short

Matthieu Boulo (France) grabbed his second consecutive win in the World Cup in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands. The French champion held off Belgian champion Joeri Adams in a long sprint on the muddy course. The two wins from Boulo were not enough to take the overall World Cup win, however, as European champion Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) showed more consistency this season. Although he didn’t win a single World Cup round, the Dutchman tops the overall ranking with one point more than Boulo.

“I was only thinking about the victory today, not the overall standings. During the last lap there were a lot of fights going on to get the best position in our large group. I started my sprint from far out and was able keep it until the line,” Boulo told Cyclingnews.

During the first half of the race Boulo featured in a large lead group that also included World Cup leader Vincent Baestaens (Belgium). The latter seemingly blew his engine during the fourth lap and he quickly lost ground. Van der Haar and Boulo were the only riders left in contention for the overall win and both featured at the front.

Adams made up for a bad start and bridged up to the six leaders during the fifth lap and he went on to surprise his opponents by leading for the first half of the final lap. “I tried to lower the speed in the group so I could recover but suddenly Boulo ran past me in the mud. Right after that I couldn't click quickly into my pedal and lost his wheel. It was too much to make up before the finish,” Adams said.

Boulo steamed towards the win ahead of Adams. Van der Haar did just enough to win the World Cup by grabbing third place on home soil. Belgians Jim Aernouts and Vinnie Braet fell just short of the podium.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthieu Boulo (Fra) France0:51:48
2Joeri Adams (Bel) Belgium0:00:01
3Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Netherlands0:00:03
4Jim Aernouts (Bel) Belgium0:00:06
5Vinnie Braet (Bel) Belgium0:00:07
6Marek Konwa (Pol) Poland0:00:10
7Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium0:00:20
8Irwin Gras (Fra) France0:00:40
9Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) NetherlandsRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ole Quast (Ger) Germany0:00:42
11Arnaud Grand (Swi) Switzerland0:00:45
12Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Netherlands-BRow 11 - Cell 2
13Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands0:00:46
14Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Netherlands0:00:58
15David Van Der Poel (Ned) Netherlands-B0:01:07
16Elia Silvestri (Ita) ItalyRow 15 - Cell 2
17Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BelgiumRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jens Adams (Bel) Belgium0:01:13
19Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands0:01:20
20Marcel Meisen (Ger) Germany0:01:22
21Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) Netherlands-BRow 20 - Cell 2
22Daniel Summerhill (USA) United States0:01:27
23Jimmy Turgis (Fra) France0:01:28
24Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) Italy0:01:38
25Karel Hnik (Cze) Czech Republic0:01:44
26Valentin Scherz (Swi) Switzerland0:01:49
27Michael Schweizer (Ger) Germany0:02:15
28Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Belgium0:02:21
29Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech Republic0:02:27
30Matteo Trentin (Ita) Italy0:02:45
31Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic0:02:50
32Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic0:02:54
33Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark0:02:58
34Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy0:03:03
35Lubomir Petrus (Cze) Czech Republic0:03:04
36Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands-B0:03:25
37Lukas Müller (Swi) Switzerland0:03:35
38Michael Winterberg (Swi) Switzerland0:03:43
39Fabian Danner (Ger) Germany0:03:44
40Alex Kirsch (Lux) Luxembourg0:03:46
41Geert Van Der Horst (Ned) Netherlands-B0:04:02
42Cody Kaiser (USA) United States0:04:16
43Nils Van Kooy (Ned) Netherlands-B0:04:17
44Zach McDonald (USA) United States0:04:36
45Jerome Townsend (USA) United States0:05:31
46Max Walsleben (Ger) Germany0:05:51
47Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Lux) Luxembourg0:06:10
48 (-1 lap)Wojciech Herba (Pol) PolandRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jonas Guddal (Den) DenmarkRow 48 - Cell 2
50 (-3 laps)Piotr Antkowiak (Pol) PolandRow 49 - Cell 2
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Final World Cup standings
1Lars van der Haar (Netherlands)220pts
2Matthieu Boulo (France)219Row 1 - Cell 3
3Wietse Bosmans (Belgium)186Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vincent Baestaens (Belgium)183Row 3 - Cell 3
5Joeri Adams (Belgium)166Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jim Aernouts (Belgium)139Row 5 - Cell 3
7Elia Silvestri (Italy)121Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tijmen Eising (Netherlands)112Row 7 - Cell 3
9Vinnie Braet (Belgium)110Row 8 - Cell 3
10Micki Van Empel (Netherlands)81Row 9 - Cell 3
11Mike Teunissen (Netherlands)79Row 10 - Cell 3
12Matteo Trentin (Italy)78Row 11 - Cell 3
13Ole Quast (Germany)75Row 12 - Cell 3
14Marcel Meisen (Germany)74Row 13 - Cell 3
15Gert-Jan Bosman (Netherlands)65Row 14 - Cell 3
16Arnaud Grand (Switzerland)64Row 15 - Cell 3
17Irwin Gras (France)63Row 16 - Cell 3
18Marek Konwa (Poland)62Row 17 - Cell 3
19Michiel Van Der Heijden (Netherlands)52Row 18 - Cell 3
20Gianni Vermeersch (Belgium)49Row 19 - Cell 3
21Twan Van Den Brand (Netherlands)48Row 20 - Cell 3
22Sean De Bie (Belgium)45Row 21 - Cell 3
23Daniel Summerhill (United States)37Row 22 - Cell 3
24Karel Hnik (Czech Republic)34Row 23 - Cell 3
25Kevin Eeckhout (Belgium)28Row 24 - Cell 3
26Tomas Paprstka (Czech Republic)28Row 25 - Cell 3
27Jimmy Turgis (France)27Row 26 - Cell 3
28David Van Der Poel (Netherlands)26Row 27 - Cell 3
29Michael Schweizer (Germany)26Row 28 - Cell 3
30Jens Adams (Belgium)26Row 29 - Cell 3
31Sven Beelen (Belgium)25Row 30 - Cell 3
32Kenneth Hansen (Denmark)23Row 31 - Cell 3
33Jiri Polnicky (Czech Republic)22Row 32 - Cell 3
34Zach McDonald (United States)22Row 33 - Cell 3
35Mirko Tabacchi (Italy)22Row 34 - Cell 3
36Emiel Dolfsma (Netherlands)19Row 35 - Cell 3
37Tim Merlier (Belgium)18Row 36 - Cell 3
38Angelo De Clercq (Belgium)18Row 37 - Cell 3
39Thibault Taboury (France)16Row 38 - Cell 3
40Jan Nesvadba (Czech Republic)16Row 39 - Cell 3
41David Menut (France)15Row 40 - Cell 3
42Michael Boros (Czech Republic)14Row 41 - Cell 3
43Théo Vimpere (France)12Row 42 - Cell 3
44Lubomir Petrus (Czech Republic)11Row 43 - Cell 3
45Melvin Rulliere (France)11Row 44 - Cell 3
46Kobus Hereijgers (Netherlands)10Row 45 - Cell 3
47Camille Thominet (France)8Row 46 - Cell 3
48Théo Dumanchin (France)8Row 47 - Cell 3
49Jérémy Grimal (France)6Row 48 - Cell 3
50Corne Van Kessel (Netherlands)6Row 49 - Cell 3
51Valentin Scherz (Switzerland)5Row 50 - Cell 3
52Freddie Guilloux (France)5Row 51 - Cell 3
53Radek Polnicky (Czech Republic)4Row 52 - Cell 3
54Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Luxembourg)4Row 53 - Cell 3
55Matthias Bossuyt (Belgium)3Row 54 - Cell 3
56Yannick Mayer (Germany)2Row 55 - Cell 3
57Luca Braidot (Italy)1Row 56 - Cell 3
58Michael Winterberg (Switzerland)1Row 57 - Cell 3

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