Van der Poel solos to World Cup win

World champion Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Corendon) handed a blow to his rivals two weeks ahead of his rainbow jersey defence. With one fierce acceleration in the fifth of eight laps he decided the sixth round of the World Cup. With a wheelie at the finish the 20 year-old completed a flawless solo ride, capturing his third World Cup win in a row. When climbing up the podium in Lignières, France the winner – who turns 21 on January 19 – received a big hug from grandfather Raymond Poulidor.

“It was something special to celebrate. I had one really good acceleration. It was enough to get the win,” Van der Poel said.

Despite a troubled start Van der Poel patiently managed to work his way through traffic. Once he reached the front of the race he set off to the victory. “It was a hard race. I got boxed in at the start. I had to come from far. I couldn’t ride my own line because there were some guys ahead of me. It was a bit frustrating at the beginning. I just took it easy. I rode my tempo from the beginning to the end. I saw the guys in front sticking together. I knew the tempo wasn’t high enough. I rode my own tempo to the front. It was quite easy to come back.”

In the World Cup standings it was runner-up Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) who won the battle with European champion Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin). The World Cup leader managed to shake off the Dutch rider in the final lap, and increased his lead over Van der Haar in the standings with five points up to 21 points.

“The gap isn’t huge but today I did a good job,” Van Aert told Telenet Play Sports. During the first half of the race Van Aert controlled the race, always riding in the top three. The first accelerations from Van der Haar and Laurens Sweeck (Era Real Estate-Murprotec) didn’t cause too much damage. Halfway into the race there were still eight riders left in contention for the victory: Van der Poel, Van Aert, Van der Haar and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea), Laurens Sweeck, Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink), Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) and home rider Clément Venturini (Cofidis).

When Van der Poel moved to the front in the fifth lap all alarms went off. Van der Haar and Van Aert were attentive and marked his wheel. Meeusen was the rider in fourth place. At the first technical short off-camber climb Van Aert slid out sideways and the two Dutch riders blasted away.

“The sensations were good but I made too many mistakes on the technical sections," Van Aert told Telenet Play Sports. "My pedals were troubling me and I switched bikes. That’s when Mathieu attacked. Quickly it was clear that we were riding for second place. I tried to keep the pressure on but without a mistake from Mathieu he would be the deserving winner. I’m happy with the race. You can’t win everything.”

Van der Poel soon dropped Van der Haar, and the race was decided. Van Aert managed to work his way back up to Van der Haar but the other Belgian riders and Venturini were not able to make up any ground. In the closing laps Van der Poel pleased the crowd at the ‘Horse and Donkey Center’ by flicking his rear wheel sideways at the fly-over. His wheelie at the finish line was the icing on the cake. Van Aert put Van der Haar under pressure in the final lap and on a long straight-forward section the Belgian rider blasted away.

“It’s a bummer that I had to let go of both Van der Poel and Van Aert. Luckily there are two more weeks left ahead of the World championships to work on my accelerations,” Van der Haar told Telenet Play Sports.

Kevin Pauwels won the battle for fourth place ahead of Meeusen, Sweeck and a frustrated Nys. The latter stated that he struggled in the technical sections where he excelled as a young rider. Gianni Vermeersch (Marlux-Napoleon Games) beat Venturini in the sprint for eighth. U23 World champion Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Napoleon Games) had a bad start, worked his way back to Vermeersch but then got dropped in the closing laps and finished tenth.

Next week the final round of the World Cup is held in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Corendon1:00:50
2Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team0:00:13
3Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin0:00:17
4Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:00:45
5Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:56
6Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec0:01:01
7Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink0:01:03
8Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:01:10
9Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 8 - Cell 2
10Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:01:26
11Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:01:42
12Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team0:01:57
13Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14David Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Corendon0:01:58
15Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:20
16Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:31
17Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec0:02:36
18Marcel Meisen (Ger)0:02:40
19Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:45
20Simon Zahner (Swi)0:02:49
21Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:02:56
22Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:03:01
23Jeremy Powers (USA)0:03:09
24Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BKCP - Corendon0:03:13
25Rob Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team0:03:15
26Sascha Weber (Ger)0:03:16
27Lukas Fluckiger (Swi)0:03:19
28Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:03:40
29Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:03:59
30Ismael Esteban Aguando (Spa)0:04:03
31Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)0:04:05
32Miguel Martinez (Fra)0:04:12
33Severin Saegesser (Swi)0:04:36
34Lukas Winterberg (Swi)0:04:39
35Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Era - Murprotec0:04:42
36Michael Boros (Cze) BKCP - Corendon0:04:49
37Niels Wubben (Ned)0:05:06
38Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Corendon0:05:11
39Ian Field (GBr)0:05:14
40Jens Vandekinderen (Bel)0:05:16
41Cristian Cominelli (Ita)0:05:19
42Alois Falenta (Fra)0:05:28
43Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa)0:05:29
44Nicolas Samparisi (Ita)0:05:32
45Michael Van Den Ham (Can)0:05:33
46Andreas Moser (Swi)0:05:49
47Garry Millburn (Aus)0:06:24
48Julien Roussel (Fra)0:06:34
49Ludovic Renard (Fra)0:06:46
50Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Aaron Schooler (Can)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Mark Mcconnell (Can)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Asier Arregui Dominguez (Spa)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Matej Lasak (Cze)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Michal Malik (Cze)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Philipp Heigl (Aut)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Wolfram Kurschat (Ger)Row 58 - Cell 2
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World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team406pts
2Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin385Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team356Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sven Nys (Bel)351Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Corendon305Row 4 - Cell 3
6Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec271Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team266Row 6 - Cell 3
8Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team234Row 7 - Cell 3
9Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Era - Murprotec227Row 8 - Cell 3
10Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team226Row 9 - Cell 3
11Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team218Row 10 - Cell 3
12Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team213Row 11 - Cell 3
13Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team210Row 12 - Cell 3
14Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team197Row 13 - Cell 3
15Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team190Row 14 - Cell 3
16Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits188Row 15 - Cell 3
17Michael Boros (Cze) BKCP - Corendon178Row 16 - Cell 3
18Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec172Row 17 - Cell 3
19Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team170Row 18 - Cell 3
20Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BKCP - Corendon168Row 19 - Cell 3
21Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team166Row 20 - Cell 3
22Rob Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team158Row 21 - Cell 3
23Niels Wubben (Ned)153Row 22 - Cell 3
24Simon Zahner (Swi)151Row 23 - Cell 3
25Jeremy Powers (USA)143Row 24 - Cell 3
26Marcel Meisen (Ger)137Row 25 - Cell 3
27Ian Field (GBr)127Row 26 - Cell 3
28Steve Chainel (Fra)115Row 27 - Cell 3
29Marcel Wildhaber (Swi)115Row 28 - Cell 3
30Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team114Row 29 - Cell 3
31David Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Corendon103Row 30 - Cell 3
32Sascha Weber (Ger)103Row 31 - Cell 3
33Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)100Row 32 - Cell 3
34Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept89Row 33 - Cell 3
35Jens Vandekinderen (Bel)88Row 34 - Cell 3
36Radomir Simunek (Cze) Era - Murprotec83Row 35 - Cell 3
37Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Corendon82Row 36 - Cell 3
38Severin Saegesser (Swi)73Row 37 - Cell 3
39Ismael Esteban Aguando (Spa)70Row 38 - Cell 3
40Lukas Winterberg (Swi)62Row 39 - Cell 3
41Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels58Row 40 - Cell 3
42Stephen Hyde (USA)56Row 41 - Cell 3
43Mariusz Gil (Pol)45Row 42 - Cell 3
44Martin Haring (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica44Row 43 - Cell 3
45Lukas Fluckiger (Swi)41Row 44 - Cell 3
46Ryan Trebon (USA)39Row 45 - Cell 3
47Vojtech Nipl (Cze)39Row 46 - Cell 3
48Travis Livermon (USA)38Row 47 - Cell 3
49Adam Toupalik (Cze) BKCP - Corendon34Row 48 - Cell 3
50Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games Cycling Team32Row 49 - Cell 3
51Curtis White (USA) Rally Cycling31Row 50 - Cell 3
52Nicolas Samparisi (Ita)31Row 51 - Cell 3
53Michael Van Den Ham (Can)30Row 52 - Cell 3
54Fabien Doubey (Fra)29Row 53 - Cell 3
55Adam Craig (USA)29Row 54 - Cell 3
56Andreas Moser (Swi)29Row 55 - Cell 3
57Josep Betalu (Spa)27Row 56 - Cell 3
58Jeremy Martin (Can)27Row 57 - Cell 3
59Tomas Paprstka (Cze)23Row 58 - Cell 3
60James Driscoll (USA)23Row 59 - Cell 3
61Alois Falenta (Fra)22Row 60 - Cell 3
62Lubomir Petrus (Cze)21Row 61 - Cell 3
63Miguel Martinez (Fra)19Row 62 - Cell 3
64Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels19Row 63 - Cell 3
65Daniel Summerhill (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team19Row 64 - Cell 3
66Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)18Row 65 - Cell 3
67Kenneth Hansen (Den)18Row 66 - Cell 3
68Derek Zandstra (Can)15Row 67 - Cell 3
69Matej Lasak (Cze)14Row 68 - Cell 3
70Mark Mcconnell (Can)14Row 69 - Cell 3
71Gusty Bausch (Lux)14Row 70 - Cell 3
72Ole Quast (Ger)13Row 71 - Cell 3
73John Gadret (Fra)13Row 72 - Cell 3
74Brian Matter (USA)13Row 73 - Cell 3
75Aaron Schooler (Can)12Row 74 - Cell 3
76Michael (Jr) Schweizer (Ger)11Row 75 - Cell 3
77Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling11Row 76 - Cell 3
78Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita)11Row 77 - Cell 3
79Cristian Cominelli (Ita)10Row 78 - Cell 3
80Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Lux)10Row 79 - Cell 3
81Allen Krughoff (USA)10Row 80 - Cell 3
82Michal Malik (Cze)10Row 81 - Cell 3
83Craig Richey (Can)9Row 82 - Cell 3
84Garry Millburn (Aus)9Row 83 - Cell 3
85Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa)8Row 84 - Cell 3
86Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team8Row 85 - Cell 3
87Ondrej Bambula (Cze)8Row 86 - Cell 3
88Dan Timmerman (USA)8Row 87 - Cell 3
89Marco Bianco (Ita)7Row 88 - Cell 3
90Kerry Werner (USA)6Row 89 - Cell 3
91Jack Clarkson (GBr)5Row 90 - Cell 3
92Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)5Row 91 - Cell 3
93Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels4Row 92 - Cell 3
94Julien Roussel (Fra)3Row 93 - Cell 3
95Maximilian Holz (Ger)3Row 94 - Cell 3
96Geoff Kabush (Can)3Row 95 - Cell 3
97Ludovic Renard (Fra)2Row 96 - Cell 3
98Michael Wildhaber (Swi)2Row 97 - Cell 3
99Christopher Aitken (Aus)2Row 98 - Cell 3
100Antonin Marecaille (Fra)1Row 99 - Cell 3
101Robert Marion (USA)1Row 100 - Cell 3
102Tobin Ortenblad (USA)1Row 101 - Cell 3

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