Baestaens Outfoxes Van der Haar for U23 Win in Asper-Gavere

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by Bart Hazen
Gavere, Belgium –Vincent Baestaens (Telenet-Fidea) took his biggest win of the season in the U23 Superprestige race in Asper-Gavere today. In another thrilling race he outsprinted European champion Lars van der Haar and Belgian champion Jim Aernouts for the win. German Marcel Meisen (fourth), Dutch Michiel van der Heijden (fifth), Joeri Adams, Wietse Bosmans, Gert-Jan Bosman, Sean de Bie and Kevin Eeckhout rounded off the top ten.

As usual it was Tijmen Eising (Sunweb-Revor) who took the lead from the start, followed by Lars van der Haar, Jim Aernouts, Vincent Baestaens, Marcel Meisen, Joeri Adams and Wietse Bosmans. The American riders Jerome Townsend and Danny Summerhill didn’t have a luck day. Townsend crashed on the first lap but was able to finish the race. Summerhill also suffered a crash and had to abandon the race after the second lap. Early reports indicate that Summerhill did not re-injure his recently separated shoulder.

From the third lap, van der Haar put the pressure on his competitors and reduced the leading group to just three riders. With five laps to go the trio of van der Haar, Aernouts and Baestaens had a 10 seconds lap on a chasing group with Marcel Meisen, Tijmen Eising, Arnaud Grand and Wietse Bosmans. Later in the same lap, Meisen, Eising and Bosmans bridged up to the front forming a new break of six riders.

Lars van der Haar didn’t approve of the swelling ranks, and the little Dutchman accelerated once again. That effort immediately dropped Eising and Meisen, later followed by Bosmans. With three laps to go Meisen refound his best legs and was able to rejoin the break again as the three in front settled down for the final push to the finish. Van der Haar and Aernouts did most of the work as Baestaens gave the impressions he couldn’t contribute.

In the final lap van der Haar kept the pressure on his rivals, again dropping Meisen off the break. Van der Haar wasn’t able to get rid of Aernouts and Baestaens, and a sprint had to decide the winner of the 2010 edition of the Superprestige race in Asper-Gavere. Baestaens took the lead before the final corner and made it a long sprint. Van der Haar tried to come along, but ended up second, with Aernouts finishing in third. Jerome Townsend and Jeremy Ferguson completed the race anonymously in 34th and 35th.

Baestaens, who hasn’t performed very consistently this season, was very pleased with his win. “This is my first big win of the season. I certainly wasn’t the strongest of the three, but the smartest. The course was passable and that suited me. On the long climb on the course it was difficult, luckily the climb wasn’t long enough to drop me.” On the final sprint he said, “I took the front position on purpose before the final lap. I wanted to surprise them with a long sprint, and I succeeded in that.”

Van der Haar was disappointed after the race. “Again second. I didn’t take the last corner very well, and Baestaens created a gap. It’s a pity, but my own mistake. Aernouts and I were the strongest today with Vincent giving impressions that he couldn’t go any better.”

In the overall ranking for the Superprestige Jim Aernouts retains in the lead. Van der Haar and Adams are second and third, respectively.

The youth races were won by Jens Vandekinderen (Juniors) and Mathieu van der Poel (Beginners).

U23 Results:

1 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:48:35
2 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team
3 Jim Aernouts (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:05
4 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 0:00:15
5 Michiel van der Heyden 0:00:20
6 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:00:30
7 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:33
8 Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) 0:00:40
9 Sean De Bie (Bel) 0:00:45
10 Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:00:50
11 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus
12 Micki van Empel (Ned) ZZPR.nl 0:00:57
13 Corné van Kessel (Ned) 0:01:05
14 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor 0:01:16
15 Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:20
16 Twan van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl 0:01:39
17 Jens Adams (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:50
18 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team
19 Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:02:00
20 Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
21 Matteo Trentin (Ita)
22 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:02:10
23 Matthias Bossuyt (Bel)
24 Jelle Brackman (Bel) MTB dreamteam 0:02:29
25 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb – Revor
26 Kristof Cop (Bel) 0:02:40
27 Angelo De Clercq (Bel)
28 Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) ZZPR.nl 0:02:55
29 Floris De Tier (Bel) Baboco – Revor Cycling Team 0:03:10
30 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Cycling Champs
31 Ritchie Denolf (Bel)
32 Niels Koyen (Bel) 0:04:36
33 Robby Cobbaert (Bel) SDC – Rogelli Cycling Team 0:04:40
34 Jerome Townsend (USA) BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / Scott
35 Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant-Specialized
36 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) 0:05:00
37 Matthias Boetens (Bel) 0:05:50
38 Bart Barkhuis (Ned) WV Meteoor Assen-Roden
39 Raf Risbourg (Bel) 0:06:00
40 David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus
41 Dimitri Corriette (Fra)
42 Dario Stauble (Swi)
43 Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel)
44 Tim Merlier (Bel)
45 Bjorn Peers (Bel)
46 Stijn Heyse (Bel) Team CATA bikes bianchi
47 Michaël Derille (Bel)
48 Frederick Catrysse (Bel)
49 Goran Deregnaucourt (Fra)
50 Jürgen Vrancken (Bel)
DNF Joeri Hofman (Bel)
DNF Sven Beelen (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
DNF Dany Lacroix (Bel)
DNF Hendrik Sweeck (Bel)
DNF Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin/Team Holowesko Partners

Juniors Results

1 Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) 0:41:53
2 Danny van Poppel (Ned) 0:00:16
3 Laurens Sweeck (Bel)
4 Daniel Peeters (Bel) 0:00:29
5 Jaap de Man (Ned) 0:00:49
6 Diether Sweeck (Bel) 0:01:00
7 Daan Soete (Bel) 0:01:02
8 Stan Goderie (Ned) 0:01:19
9 Matthias Van de Velde (Bel) 0:01:31
10 Yorben Van Tichelt (Bel) 0:01:36
11 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Hot Tubes 0:02:09
12 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel)
13 Wout van Aert (Ned) 0:02:24
14 Toon Aerts (Bel) 0:02:27
15 Douwe Verberne (Ned) 0:02:36
16 Jorn Claes (Bel) 0:02:55
17 Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) 0:03:04
18 Koen Weijers (Ned) 0:03:08
19 Pjotr van Beek (Ned) 0:03:20
20 Hugo Robinson (GBr) 0:03:30
21 Twan Brusselman (Ned) 0:03:51
22 Tim Ariesen (Ned)
23 Jens Couckuyt (Bel) 0:04:36
24 Karel Delfosse (Bel) 0:04:57
25 Erik Kramer (Ned) 0:05:19
26 Lorenzo Pepermans (Bel) 0:05:28
27 Thibaut Vandekerckhove (Bel) 0:05:32
28 Glenn Maes (Bel) 0:05:48
29 Niels Ooms (Bel) 0:06:00
30 Mike De Bie (Bel) 0:08:35
31 Michael Dhondt (Bel)
32 Mike Boer (Ned)
33 Mathias Ballet (Bel)
34 Braam Merlier (Bel)
35 Karl Hoppner (Can)
36 Thybo Notredame (Bel)
37 Berne Vankeirsbilck (Bel)
38 Bryan Vispoel (Bel)
39 Jellen Schiettecatte (Bel)
40 Nicky Gieskens (Bel)
41 Korneel De Viaene (Bel)
42 Glenn Vissers (Bel)
43 Yolan Brems (Bel)
44 Arno Brocatus (Bel)
45 Jens Verhaegen (Bel)
46 Dieter Coussens (Bel)
47 Corentin Torzewski (Fra)
48 Stijn Versteven (Bel)
49 Jeroen Vandewyngaerde (Bel)

 

 

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