Superprestige #2 – Zonhoven Race Report & Gallery

Superprestige #2 – Zonhoven Race Report & Gallery


Enjoy the Superprestige Zonhoven gallery and race report below. (Word edits by Nicholas Lemke)

Zonhoven and its epic sand pit welcomed thousands of spectators with beautiful sunshine. After Eli Iserbyt attained yet another win among the juniors, the women’s race commenced.

It quickly became obvious that Sophie de Boer wouldn’t be among the main contenders on this day, with her win on the Koppenberg the prior day taking too much out of her. She eventually abandoned.

Another notable name missing from the front was Helen Wyman, who had an early crash and lost too much time to be in contention.

Meanwhile, on the front, Nikki Harris and Sanne Cant fought a tough battle. Both riders were eager to win the race, as the last few weeks saw them both with poor results. Harris started hard and fast, but Cant was right on her wheel. After leading for over two laps of the five lap race, Harris conceded the lead to Cant, who pulled away and created a small but persistent gap. She managed to fend off Harris for the remainder of the race and she won her first race since Gieten, almost a month ago. Though Harris crossed the finish line in second place, the result will give her a confidence boost for the coming European Championships.

By the time the elite men assembled, the famous sand pit of Zonhoven was filled with thousands upon thousands of fans. Each rider’s call-up to the start line was visible on the big screens and deafening roars erupted when favoured riders rolled to their start position. There was one exception, though: poor, poor Jan Denuwelaere. Whether he blocked Sven Nys’ path yesterday on purpose, we will never know, but the aggressive boo-ing that followed him around the course must have been very hard to bear. There were pockets of scattered support for him, but, especially in the sand arena, the antipathy was palpable.

Once the race was underway, the riders, led by Tom Meeusen, cleared the sandy descents safely in the first lap. But the following laps would have their casualties; Tim Merlier and Klaas Vantornout, among others, took a tumble, and the latter was out of contention from then on. Nys decided to take matters into his own hands early in the race. “For three-four laps, I tried to do a higher speed, so all the other riders have to ride at the max to stay with me. But then I had to slow down a bit to recuperate and then, immediately, a few guys were on me”.

Meeusen, Lars van der Haar, and Kevin Pauwels were chasing Nys and as soon as Nys slowed slightly, they closed the gap. In the finale, Nys led Pauwels into the last corner, hitting it at high speed and it seemed that it was going to be another ‘spurtje’ where Nys proved to be the fastest. Pauwels thought otherwise; sitting cleverly on Nys’ wheel for as long as possible, he made a perfectly timed attack to take the win. After the race, Nys reflected: “I did an acceleration in the perfect moment but then I made a few small, tactical mistakes and that cost me the victory today. But that is ok […] I lost to a guy who was a little bit faster than me and that is not a problem”, alluding to the previous day’s events at Koppenberg bothering him because of the manner in which he lost, rather than the loss itself.

I don’t say I could have won but [Denuwelaere’s manoeuvre] cost me the chance to win

Sven Nys

Lars van der Haar finished third but he said it was planned. “I’ve had a few week’s of training and this was the last block of it, so I knew that this weekend was going to be hard for me. But it was all calculated, so I was happy that today I was still able to do a good job”.

And poor Denuwelaere? A DNF for the unfortunate pariah.

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Results by cxstats.com

Place
Rider
Country
Age
Race time
Gap
1
PAUWELS Kevin
BEL
30
58:04
2
NYS Sven
BEL
38
58:04
3
VAN DER HAAR Lars
NED
23
58:17
00:13
4
MEEUSEN Tom
BEL
26
58:37
00:33
5
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
NED
19
59:02
00:58
6
VANTORNOUT Klaas
BEL
32
59:16
01:12
7
AERNOUTS Bart
BEL
32
59:19
01:15
8
WUBBEN Niels
NED
26
59:26
01:22
9
VAN KESSEL Corne
NED
23
59:42
01:38
10
WALSLEBEN Philipp
GER
27
59:48
01:44
11
ADAMS Jens
BEL
22
01:00:11
02:07
12
VERMEERSCH Gianni
BEL
22
01:00:18
02:14
13
VANTHOURENHOUT Sven
BEL
33
01:00:18
02:14
14
TARAMARCAZ Julien
SUI
27
01:00:18
02:14
15
ADAMS Joeri
BEL
25
01:00:23
02:19
16
PEETERS Rob
BEL
29
01:00:32
02:28
17
FIELD Ian
GBR
28
01:00:38
02:34
18
AERNOUTS Jim
BEL
25
01:00:52
02:48
19
VAN AMERONGEN Thijs
NED
28
01:00:58
02:54
20
VAN DEN BRAND Twan
NED
25
01:01:49
03:45
21
MEISEN Marcel
GER
25
01:01:59
03:55
22
BOSMAN Gert-Jan
NED
22
01:02:05
04:01
23
VAN LEEUWEN Patrick
NED
29
01:02:08
04:04
24
DE CLEYN Dave
BEL
26
01:02:25
04:21
25
GAUDY Patrick
BEL
37
01:02:59
04:55
26
SWEECK Hendrik
BEL
22
01:03:56
05:52
Place
Rider
Country
Age
Race time
Gap
1
CANT Sanne
BEL
24
43:28
2
HARRIS Nikki
GBR
28
43:40
00:12
3
VAN LOY Ellen
BEL
34
44:55
01:27
4
HAVLIKOVA Pavla
CZE
31
45:20
01:52
5
STULTIENS Sabrina
NED
21
45:55
02:27
6
WYMAN Helen
GBR
33
47:02
03:34
7
VERSCHUEREN Jolien
BEL
24
47:05
03:37
8
NOSKOVA Nikola
CZE
17
47:35
04:07
9
VERDONSCHOT Laura
BEL
18
48:07
04:39
10
VERHESTRAETEN Karen
BEL
23
48:07
04:39
11
KAPTHEIJNS Maud
NED
20
48:36
05:08
12
THIJS Katrien
BEL
29
49:07
05:39
13
VAN DE REE Monique
NED
26
49:08
05:40
14
VAN ANROOIJ Lindy
NED
18
49:34
06:06
15
VAN DEN DRIESSCHE Femke
BEL
18
50:34
07:06
16
VARDAROS Christine
USA
45
50:44
07:16
17
ERLANDSSON Asa
SWE
40
51:05
07:37
18
SWINKELS Karlijn
NED
16
51:26
07:58
Place
Coureur
Country
Age
Race Time
Gap
1
VAN AERT Wout
BEL
20
46:50
2
VANTHOURENHOUT Michael
BEL
21
47:36
00:46
3
SWEECK Laurens
BEL
21
47:38
00:48
4
SWEECK Diether
BEL
21
48:01
01:11
5
AERTS Toon
BEL
21
48:12
01:22
6
HERMANS Quinten
BEL
19
48:28
01:38
7
SOETE Daan
BEL
20
48:42
01:52
8
VAN TICHELT Yorben
BEL
20
48:46
01:56
9
VANDEKINDEREN Jens
BEL
21
48:46
01:56
10
HOEYBERGHS Daan
BEL
20
49:15
02:25
11
BUDDING Martijn
NED
19
49:25
02:35
12
CLEPPE Nicolas
BEL
19
49:47
02:57
13
NIEUWENHUIS Joris
NED
18
49:51
03:01
14
TOUPALIK Adam
CZE
18
49:51
03:01
15
AERTS Thijs
BEL
18
51:04
04:14
16
MERLIER Braam
FRA
20
51:06
04:16
17
JOSEPH Thomas
BEL
18
51:10
04:20
18
SCHUERMANS Jelle
BEL
18
51:28
04:38
19
WOUTERS Sieben
NED
18
51:32
04:42
20
DEGROOTE Jonas
BEL
19
51:45
04:55
21
CALUWE Stijn
BEL
18
52:12
05:22

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