Mathieu Van der Poel wins Zolder World Cup

Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Corendon) put on an impressive display of power to take out the victory in the Zolder round of the World Cup, on the same circuit where the Dutch rider will defend his rainbow jersey next month. Van der Poel topped Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) and Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin), with Klaas Vantornout out-sprinted for fourth by Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea). World Cup leader Wout Van Aert could only manage 8th on the day, but it was enough to hold onto his white jersey by 16 points from Van der Haar.

The dry and fast course in the Terlaemen township kept the race largely together for the first half of the race, but eventually Van der Haar and Van der Poel used their speed to create a gap. Pauwels fought his way to the leaders, making it three well-matched riders. The decisive moment came when Van der Haar was confronted with a flat tyre in the penultimate lap, and Van der Poel seized the moment.

“It was really hard to make a difference. It was just before the hardest part of the course with the running section and the uphill I saw that Lars had a flat tyre. I thought that it was the right moment to make the move because I had the feeling that Lars was the strongest, a bit stronger than me this day [sic]. It’s a race that really suits him,” Van der Poel said.

Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games), Tim Merlier (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) and Clément Venturini (Cofidis) surged away at the end of the opening lap, but Van der Poel closed the gap on the three leaders on the second lap, using his superior climbing abilites. Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) and Lars van der Haar were the only riders who were able to keep up. World Cup leader Van Aert seemed to have an off day, and wasn’t close enough to the front to follow the move. Van Aert was also unable to follow Pauwels as he bridged up to the lead group on the thrid lap.

Pauwels dangled behind dual attacks from Van der Poel and Van der Haar, and for most of the fourth lap he chased solo, finally bridging up at the start of lap five of nine. Van der Poel sensed Pauwels' arrival, and knew he had to keep pushing. “I knew he rode his own pace," Van der Poel said of Pauwels. "What I predicted ahead of the race came true, that Kevin and Lars would be my biggest rivals on this course."

Just before hitting the penultimate lap Van der Poel accelerated on a steep run-up and the steep climb that followed. He gained a handful of seconds, but neither Van der Haar nor Pauwels cracked and both bridged back up when Van der Poel eased up. One lap later Van der Poel repeated his acceleration, but Van der Haar was unable to follow because of his puncture. Pauwels kept the pressure on the world champion, but was unable to bring him back before the line.

“I felt good but not super. I knew it would be hard in the final lap because Kevin was pushing on," Van der Poel said. "I had to dig deep again. I’m really confident now [...] The conditions can be very different in seven weeks. There can be snow as well. [...] I’m more confident now than if I would be tenth."

Tom Meeusen won the sprint for fourth place just ahead of Vantornout. Sixth-placed Venturini confirmed his strong result from last week’s Namur World Cup round. Merlier won the sprint for seventh place ahead of Van Aert, taking away two possibly crucial points from his teammate. Van der Haar closes in to 16 points from Van Aert in the World Cup standings.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Corendon1:09:03
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:00:02
3Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin0:00:46
4Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:01:10
5Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:01:11
6Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:17
7Tim Merlier (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team0:01:20
8Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink0:01:21
11Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Michael Boros (Cze) BKCP-Corendon0:01:28
13Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era Real Estate - Murprotec0:01:29
14Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:08
15Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:02:20
16Jeremy Powers (USA) Aspire0:02:24
17Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BKCP-Corendon0:02:25
18Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Simon Zahner (Swi)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:26
21Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Era Real Estate - Murprotec0:02:30
22Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team0:02:33
23Stephen Hyde (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld0:02:35
24Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team0:03:30
25Steve Chainel (Fra)0:03:41
26Ismael Esteban Aguando (Spa)0:03:49
27Sascha Weber (Ger) CCT p/b Champion System0:04:10
28Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin0:04:20
29Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:04:29
30Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Ian Field (GBr)0:04:30
32Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:05:05
33Mariusz Gil (Pol)0:05:29
34Vojtech Nipl (Cze)0:05:38
35Severin Saegesser (Swi)0:05:40
36Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)0:05:56
37Travis Livermon (USA)0:06:01
38Ole Quast (Ger)0:06:11
39Aaron Schooler (Can)0:06:22
40Michael Van Den Ham (Can)0:06:38
41Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Lux)0:06:47
42Nicolas Samparisi (Ita)0:07:03
43Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team0:07:15
44Kenneth Hansen (Den)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Jeremy Martin (Can)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Gusty Bausch (Lux)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Michal Malik (Cze)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita) Merida Italia TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Garry Millburn (Aus)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Matej Lasak (Cze)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - EkoiRow 51 - Cell 2
53Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange - LoschRow 52 - Cell 2
54Robert Marion (USA)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Mark Mcconnell (Can)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Ulrich Theobald (Ger)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Johann Rigoulay (Fra)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Yannick Mayer (Ger) Bike AidRow 57 - Cell 2
59Christophe Cavazzana (Fra)Row 58 - Cell 2
60James Spragg (GBr) CCT p/b Champion SystemRow 59 - Cell 2
61Daniel Ania Gonzalez (Spa)Row 60 - Cell 2
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World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team336pts
2Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin320Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink303Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team296Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Corendon225Row 4 - Cell 3
6Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era Real Estate - Murprotec221Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team211Row 6 - Cell 3
8Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Era Real Estate - Murprotec211Row 7 - Cell 3
9Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team194Row 8 - Cell 3
10Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team191Row 9 - Cell 3
11Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team180Row 10 - Cell 3
12Tim Merlier (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team171Row 11 - Cell 3
13Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team167Row 12 - Cell 3
14Michael Boros (Cze) BKCP-Corendon163Row 13 - Cell 3
15Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team149Row 14 - Cell 3
16Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team148Row 15 - Cell 3
17Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits144Row 16 - Cell 3
18Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BKCP-Corendon141Row 17 - Cell 3
19Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team140Row 18 - Cell 3
20Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era Real Estate - Murprotec138Row 19 - Cell 3
21Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team130Row 20 - Cell 3
22Simon Zahner (Swi)120Row 21 - Cell 3
23Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team117Row 22 - Cell 3
24Jeremy Powers (USA)115Row 23 - Cell 3
25Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team115Row 24 - Cell 3
26Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team114Row 25 - Cell 3
27Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team105Row 26 - Cell 3
28Marcel Meisen (Ger)104Row 27 - Cell 3
29Ian Field (GBr)95Row 28 - Cell 3
30Steve Chainel (Fra)89Row 29 - Cell 3
31Radomir Simunek (Cze) Era Real Estate - Murprotec83Row 30 - Cell 3
32Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Corendon69Row 31 - Cell 3
33Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ67Row 32 - Cell 3
34David Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Corendon66Row 33 - Cell 3
35Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)65Row 34 - Cell 3
36Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team56Row 35 - Cell 3
37Stephen Hyde (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld56Row 36 - Cell 3
38Sascha Weber (Ger) CCT p/b Champion System54Row 37 - Cell 3
39Lukas Winterberg (Swi)45Row 38 - Cell 3
40Martin Haring (Svk) Ck Banska Bystrica44Row 39 - Cell 3
41Ryan Trebon (USA)39Row 40 - Cell 3
42Severin Saegesser (Swi)39Row 41 - Cell 3
43Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels35Row 42 - Cell 3
44Adam Toupalik (Cze) BKCP-Corendon34Row 43 - Cell 3
45Curtis White (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies31Row 44 - Cell 3
46Fabien Doubey (Fra) FDJ29Row 45 - Cell 3
47Adam Craig (USA)29Row 46 - Cell 3
48Mariusz Gil (Pol)27Row 47 - Cell 3
49Josep Betalu (Spa)27Row 48 - Cell 3
50Ismael Esteban Aguando (Spa)24Row 49 - Cell 3
51Travis Livermon (USA) Team Smartstop24Row 50 - Cell 3
52Andreas Moser (Swi)24Row 51 - Cell 3
53James Driscoll (USA)23Row 52 - Cell 3
54Vojtech Nipl (Cze)22Row 53 - Cell 3
55Jeremy Martin (Can)21Row 54 - Cell 3
56Lubomir Petrus (Cze)21Row 55 - Cell 3
57Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels19Row 56 - Cell 3
58Daniel Summerhill (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team19Row 57 - Cell 3
59Lukas Fluckiger (Swi)17Row 58 - Cell 3
60Nicolas Samparisi (Ita)15Row 59 - Cell 3
61Derek Zandstra (Can)15Row 60 - Cell 3
62Matej Lasak (Cze)14Row 61 - Cell 3
63Mark Mcconnell (Can)14Row 62 - Cell 3
64John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team13Row 63 - Cell 3
65Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)13Row 64 - Cell 3
66Brian Matter (USA)13Row 65 - Cell 3
67Alois Falenta (Fra)13Row 66 - Cell 3
68Michael Van Den Ham (Can)13Row 67 - Cell 3
69Michael Schweizer (Ger)11Row 68 - Cell 3
70Kenneth Hansen (Den)11Row 69 - Cell 3
71Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling11Row 70 - Cell 3
72Allen Krughoff (USA)10Row 71 - Cell 3
73Gusty Bausch (Lux)10Row 72 - Cell 3
74Craig Richey (Can)9Row 73 - Cell 3
75Ondrej Bambula (Cze)8Row 74 - Cell 3
76Dan Timmerman (USA)8Row 75 - Cell 3
77Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita) Merida Italia Team8Row 76 - Cell 3
78Michal Malik (Cze)7Row 77 - Cell 3
79Marco Bianco (Ita)7Row 78 - Cell 3
80Kerry Werner (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies6Row 79 - Cell 3
81Jack Clarkson (GBr)5Row 80 - Cell 3
82Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - Ekoi5Row 81 - Cell 3
83Garry Millburn (Aus)4Row 82 - Cell 3
84Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels4Row 83 - Cell 3
85Maximilian Holz (Ger)3Row 84 - Cell 3
86Geoff Kabush (Can)3Row 85 - Cell 3
87Michael Wildhaber (Swi)2Row 86 - Cell 3
88Christopher Aitken (Aus)2Row 87 - Cell 3
89Antonin Marecaille (Fra)1Row 88 - Cell 3
90Robert Marion (USA)1Row 89 - Cell 3
91Tobin Ortenblad (USA)1Row 90 - Cell 3


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