Van der Poel wins fourth consecutive World Cup round at Hoogerheide finale

One week ahead of the Heusden-Zolder 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships the reigning world champion Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Corendon) showed that he’s not planning to renounce his title. The 21-year-old Dutch rider captured his fourth consecutive World Cup victory at the season finale in Hoogerheide on Sunday afternoon, finishing nearly a minute ahead of his biggest rival Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team).

“It was a very difficult race today, very tough. I’m happy because like some other riders I did a very intensive training week. I’m satisfied with the recovery I did until now,” Van der Poel said in the post-race flash interview.

He didn’t like to be referred to as the only favourite for next week’s world championships race. “The only? I wouldn’t say that. This is something entirely different [compared to] next week. Next week is a course that suits me very well. I’m really happy because I had a hard training week. Next week I want to take some rest and then I want to go for the super-compensation to prolong my title. It’s good to go home this way. I’m a pleased man. I prefer to head home like this than after being distanced.”

The mudfest at the race organized by Mathieu’s father Adrie van der Poel in Hoogerheide seemed to favour Van Aert over Van der Poel. Also strong veterans like Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) and Klaas Vantornout (Marlux-Napoleon Games) were expected to excel on this terrain. The outcome was somewhat different. For less than half a lap Van der Poel was biding his time behind a fast started Gianni Vermeersch (Marlux-Napoleon Games) and then he surged away. Van Aert seemed to struggle to find grip in Hoogerheide early on.

By the end of the opening lap he tried to set-up the chase on the world champion with Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Murprotec) and Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games), trailing him by eight seconds. During the second of eight long laps Van der Poel kept extending his lead, even though Van Aert rode away from Pauwels and Sweeck. Briefly a big duel seemed to be coming up but Van der Poel quickly took away all hope for Van Aert.

Every lap he added about eight seconds to his advantage.

In the background, Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) bridged up with Sweeck and Pauwels. Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea) tried to do the same but he ended up riding in no man’s land until the end of the race, finishing sixth.

With the victory gone a race within the race was going on for the World Cup standings. Van Aert was leading comfortably but behind him Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin), Kevin Pauwels and Sven Nys were battling for the remaining podium spots.

Van Aert was in control of the overall victory, riding well ahead of his last rival Van der Haar. Pauwels was distancing Nys for third place and maybe even threatening Van der Haar. Nys and Van der Haar were riding in a large group that battled for seventh place. Race leader Van der Poel secured his fifth place overall.

At the end of the fifth lap Nys surged forward but he was quickly halted in the deep mud on the talus, shortly before the finish. He went over the handlebars and from there he seemed to lose all aspirations for the World Cup podium, eventually finishing a distant 13th. European champion Van der Haar profited and accelerated away from the group, taking seventh place. Even though Pauwels rode away from Sweeck and Meeusen with three very fast laps, taking third place, it wasn’t enough to take over the second place overall from Van der Haar.

Sweeck briefly kept up with Pauwels and then rode alone for three laps, finishing fourth ahead of Meeusen. An emotional Toon Aert – he wasn’t selected for the world championships - finished sixth.

In the end nearly all riders held on to their World Cup spot.

Van Aert took second place and the overall World Cup victory. “I repeat what I’ve been saying for weeks: to me there’s only one top favourite for Zolder and that is Mathieu. Today everybody fell far too short on Mathieu, including me. I’m pleased the World Cup is in the pocket because when you start to calculate and take into account bad luck then there’s some stress. I’m pleased that Tim Merlier can come along to Zolder. It’s comforting to have a teammate along,” Van Aert told Telenet Play Sports.

The Belgian selection received an additional seventh spot because Van Aert won the World Cup.

Marcel Meisen was a surprising name in the top 10. The German rider finished ninth, clearly enjoying his ride in the Hoogerheide mud. Tim Merlier closed out the top 10 at more than three minutes from winner Van der Poel.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Corendon1:07:31
2Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team0:00:48
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:00:59
4Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec0:01:30
5Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:01:49
6Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:00
7Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin0:02:16
8Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:41
9Marcel Meisen (Ger)0:02:55
10Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team0:03:02
11Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:03:08
12Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:03:11
13Sven Nys (Bel)0:03:20
14Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec0:03:52
15Rob Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team0:04:00
16Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:04:04
17Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:04:07
18Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:04:17
19Radomir Simunek (Cze) Era - Murprotec0:04:20
20Michael Boros (Cze) Bkcp - Corendon0:04:32
21Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Bkcp - Corendon0:04:40
22Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:04:46
23Niels Wubben (Ned)0:04:49
24Simon Zahner (Swi)0:04:52
25Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:05:01
26David Van Der Poel (Ned) Bkcp - Corendon0:05:27
27Ian Field (GBr)0:05:32
28Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:05:42
29Jens Vandekinderen (Bel)0:05:49
30Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)0:05:53
31Jeremy Powers (USA)0:05:54
32Lukas Fluckiger (Swi)0:06:13
33Stephen Hyde (USA)0:06:19
34Enrico Franzoi (Ita)0:06:21
35Lukas Winterberg (Swi)0:06:51
36Steve Chainel (Fra)0:06:59
37Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:02
38Alois Falenta (Fra)0:07:27
39Chris Jongewaard (Aus)-1 Lap
40Sascha Weber (Ger)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Cristian Cominelli (Ita)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Martin Haring (Svk) Dukla Banska BystricaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Andreas Moser (Swi)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Gusty Bausch (Lux)-2 Laps
46Garry Millburn (Aus)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Severin Saegesser (Swi)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Michael Van Den Ham (Can)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Matej Lasak (Cze)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Nicolas Samparisi (Ita)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa)-3 Laps
53Jeremy Martin (Can)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Travis Livermon (USA)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Joachim Parbo (Den)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Allen Krughoff (USA)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Aaron Schooler (Can)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Wolfram Kurschat (Ger)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Lubomir Petrus (Cze)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Fredrik Haraldseth (Nor)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Paulo Gonzalez Fontan (Spa)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Mark Mcconnell (Can)-4 Laps
64Ulrich Theobald (Ger)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Hikaru Kosaka (Jpn)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Jeremy Durrin (USA)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Cameron Jette (Can)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Mauro Gonzalez Fontan (Spa)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Martin Eriksson (Swe)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Lux)-5 Laps
71Philipp Heigl (Aut)Row 70 - Cell 2
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World Cup - Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team476pts
2Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin433Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team421Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sven Nys (Bel)389Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Bkcp - Corendon385Row 4 - Cell 3
6Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec331Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team321Row 6 - Cell 3
8Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team284Row 7 - Cell 3
9Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team265Row 8 - Cell 3
10Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team259Row 9 - Cell 3
11Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team252Row 10 - Cell 3
12Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team251Row 11 - Cell 3
13Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team231Row 12 - Cell 3
14Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team230Row 13 - Cell 3
15Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Era - Murprotec227Row 14 - Cell 3
16Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec209Row 15 - Cell 3
17Michael Boros (Cze) Bkcp - Corendon209Row 16 - Cell 3
18Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits202Row 17 - Cell 3
19Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Bkcp - Corendon198Row 18 - Cell 3
20Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team195Row 19 - Cell 3
21Rob Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team194Row 20 - Cell 3
22Marcel Meisen (Ger)181Row 21 - Cell 3
23Niels Wubben (Ned)181Row 22 - Cell 3
24Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team179Row 23 - Cell 3
25Simon Zahner (Swi)178Row 24 - Cell 3
26Jeremy Powers (USA)163Row 25 - Cell 3
27Ian Field (GBr)151Row 26 - Cell 3
28Steve Chainel (Fra)130Row 27 - Cell 3
29David Van Der Poel (Ned) Bkcp - Corendon128Row 28 - Cell 3
30Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)121Row 29 - Cell 3
31Radomir Simunek (Cze) Era - Murprotec115Row 30 - Cell 3
32Marcel Wildhaber (Swi)115Row 31 - Cell 3
33Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team114Row 32 - Cell 3
34Sascha Weber (Ger)114Row 33 - Cell 3
35Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept112Row 34 - Cell 3
36Jens Vandekinderen (Bel)110Row 35 - Cell 3
37Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels84Row 36 - Cell 3
38Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Bkcp - Corendon82Row 37 - Cell 3
39Lukas Winterberg (Swi)78Row 38 - Cell 3
40Severin Saegesser (Swi)76Row 39 - Cell 3
41Stephen Hyde (USA)74Row 40 - Cell 3
42Ismael Esteban Aguando (Spa)70Row 41 - Cell 3
43Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team67Row 42 - Cell 3
44Lukas Fluckiger (Swi)60Row 43 - Cell 3
45Martin Haring (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica52Row 44 - Cell 3
46Mariusz Gil (Pol)45Row 45 - Cell 3
47Ryan Trebon (USA)39Row 46 - Cell 3
48Vojtech Nipl (Cze)39Row 47 - Cell 3
49Travis Livermon (USA)38Row 48 - Cell 3
50Andreas Moser (Swi)36Row 49 - Cell 3
51Alois Falenta (Fra)35Row 50 - Cell 3
52Adam Toupalik (Cze) Bkcp - Corendon34Row 51 - Cell 3
53Michael Van Den Ham (Can)32Row 52 - Cell 3
54Curtis White (USA) Rally Cycling31Row 53 - Cell 3
55Nicolas Samparisi (Ita)31Row 54 - Cell 3
56Fabien Doubey (Fra)29Row 55 - Cell 3
57Adam Craig (USA)29Row 56 - Cell 3
58Josep Betalu (Spa)27Row 57 - Cell 3
59Jeremy Martin (Can)27Row 58 - Cell 3
60Tomas Paprstka (Cze)23Row 59 - Cell 3
61James Driscoll (USA)23Row 60 - Cell 3
62Lubomir Petrus (Cze)21Row 61 - Cell 3
63Cristian Cominelli (Ita)20Row 62 - Cell 3
64Gusty Bausch (Lux)20Row 63 - Cell 3
65Miguel Martinez (Fra)19Row 64 - Cell 3
66Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels19Row 65 - Cell 3
67Daniel Summerhill (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team19Row 66 - Cell 3
68Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)18Row 67 - Cell 3
69Kenneth Hansen (Den)18Row 68 - Cell 3
70Enrico Franzoi (Ita)17Row 69 - Cell 3
71Derek Zandstra (Can)15Row 70 - Cell 3
72Matej Lasak (Cze)15Row 71 - Cell 3
73Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita)15Row 72 - Cell 3
74Mark Mcconnell (Can)14Row 73 - Cell 3
75Garry Millburn (Aus)14Row 74 - Cell 3
76Ole Quast (Ger)13Row 75 - Cell 3
77John Gadret (Fra)13Row 76 - Cell 3
78Brian Matter (USA)13Row 77 - Cell 3
79Chris Jongewaard (Aus)12Row 78 - Cell 3
80Aaron Schooler (Can)12Row 79 - Cell 3
81Michael Schweizer (Ger)11Row 80 - Cell 3
82Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling11Row 81 - Cell 3
83Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Lux)10Row 82 - Cell 3
84Allen Krughoff (USA)10Row 83 - Cell 3
85Michal Malik (Cze)10Row 84 - Cell 3
86Craig Richey (Can)9Row 85 - Cell 3
87Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa)8Row 86 - Cell 3
88Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team8Row 87 - Cell 3
89Ondrej Bambula (Cze)8Row 88 - Cell 3
90Dan Timmerman (USA)8Row 89 - Cell 3
91Marco Bianco (Ita)7Row 90 - Cell 3
92Kerry Werner (USA)6Row 91 - Cell 3
93Jack Clarkson (GBr)5Row 92 - Cell 3
94Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)5Row 93 - Cell 3
95Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels4Row 94 - Cell 3
96Julien Roussel (Fra)3Row 95 - Cell 3
97Maximilian Holz (Ger)3Row 96 - Cell 3
98Geoff Kabush (Can)3Row 97 - Cell 3
99Ludovic Renard (Fra)2Row 98 - Cell 3
100Michael Wildhaber (Swi)2Row 99 - Cell 3
101Christopher Aitken (Aus)2Row 100 - Cell 3
102Antonin Marecaille (Fra)1Row 101 - Cell 3
103Robert Marion (USA)1Row 102 - Cell 3
104Tobin Ortenblad (USA)1Row 103 - Cell 3


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