David Van Der Poel wins the World Cup in Hoogerheide. © Bart Hazen

David Van Der Poel wins the World Cup in Hoogerheide. © Bart Hazen

by Dan Seaton

Hoogerheide, Netherlands – On a dark and drizzly day in this small Dutch town, just north of the Belgian border, Dutch Junior David van der Poel wrapped up his World Cup season on a high note. Van der Poel took a sprint victory over countryman Danny van Poppel and, with the victory, claimed the overall World Cup title as well. Van der Poel’s World Cup title came at the expense of previous leader Gert-Jan Bosman, who fell to second place overall after a sixth place finish.

Van der Poel started slow, but made progress on early leaders van Poppel and French racer Julian Alaphilippe, finally reaching van Poppel on the final lap of the race, just in time to take the sprint. Ten seconds behind, Alaphilippe, who fell to ninth place during the fourth lap after riding well early in the race, battled back to claim third over Jens Vandekinderen, just edging out the Belgian rider on the line.

Vanderkinderen’s fouth place race finish was enough to bump him up from fifth in the overall points standings, giving the final spot on the World Cup series podium to the Belgian rider.

Representing the USA, Cody Kaiser took 41st place, Jeff Bahnson 46th and Chris Wallace 48th. Yannick Eckmann, a German who calls Boulder, Colorado home and races for the Clif Bar Development Squad, finished in 19th.

Zach McDonald was the top American in Hoogerheide. © Bart Hazen

Zach McDonald was the top American in Hoogerheide. © Bart Hazen

In the Under-23’s, Belgian Tom Meeusen secured his World Cup title with a second place finish, ten seconds behind his Fidea teammate Kacper Szczepaniak of Poland.  Szczepaniak started deep in the field, but made steady progress towards the front, taking over the lead from Meeusen on the fifth of seven laps and riding away from Meeusen one lap later. Meeusen fought off both French racer Arnaud Jouffry and Belgian Kenneth van Compernolle, emerging from the three-man chase group on the final lap and out-kicking the two by a handful of seconds.

Jouffroy’s third place finish was enough to take the third spot in the overall standings, bumping Dutch racer Tijmen Eising, who finished sixth today, down to fourth.  Slovakian Robert Gavenda held on to second place overall, despite a 16th place finish today.

Americans Zach McDonald and Danny Summerhill came in for 29th and 30th, while Jerome Townsend was 36th and Luke Keough was 41st.

Full Results

Junior Men

1David VAN DER POELNED1842:483030
2Danny VAN POPPELNED1742:482020
3Julian ALAPHILIPPEFRA1842:581515
4Jens VANDEKINDERENBEL1742:581212
5Michael BOROSCZE1842:591010
6Gert-Jan BOSMANNED1843:0188
7Emiel DOLFSMANED1843:0166
8Mike TEUNISSENNED1843:0244
9Michiel VAN DER HEIJDENNED1843:0322
10Gianni VERMEERSCHBEL1843:0511
11Tim MERLIERBEL1843:08
12Matej LASAKCZE1843:09
13Radek POLNICKYCZE1843:11
14Jens ADAMSBEL1843:11
15Emilien VIENNETFRA1843:15
16David MENUTFRA1843:23
17Tomas PAPRSTKACZE1843:45
18Clément VENTURINIFRA1743:55
19Yannick ECKMANNGER1743:59
20Jannick GEISLERGER1844:03
21Wenzel BÖHM-GRÄBERGER1844:04
22Fabio Alfonso TODAROITA1844:08
23Laurens SWEECKBEL1744:15
24Vojtech NIPLCZE1744:16
25Rudy LORENZONITA1844:18
26Clément LEBRASFRA1844:18
27Joey VAN RHEENED1844:37
28Lukas MÜLLERSUI1844:41
29Diether SWEECKBEL1744:43
30Douwe VERBERNENED1744:48
31Fabian LIENHARDSUI1744:52
32Nicolas SAMPARISIITA1844:53
33Stan GODERIENED1744:54
34Pietro SANTINIITA1844:55
35Bob JUNGELSLUX1844:56
36Lars FORSTERSUI1745:19
37Bartosz PILISPOL1845:26
38Julian LEHMANNGER1745:30
39Francesco ACQVAVIVAITA1845:36
40Robin WENNEKERSNED1845:44
41Cody KAISERUSA1845:47
42Janusz LESSNAUPOL1845:53
43Tomas MEDEKCZE1745:59
44Lex REICHLINGLUX1846:12
45Tom SCHWARMESLUX1747:02
46Jeff BAHNSONUSA1747:27
47Scott THILTGESLUX1847:40
48Chris WALLACEUSA1847:50
49Kiernan ORANGECAN1848:00
50Wilco VAN BEUSEKOMNED1848:30
51Mackenzie CARSONCAN1849:15
52Conor O’BRIENCAN1849:41
53Marcin MALEWICZPOL1751:23

U23 Men

RankNameNat.Age*ResultPaRPcR
1Kacper SZCZEPANIAKPOL2048:36100100
2Tom MEEUSENBEL2248:456060
3Arnaud JOUFFROYFRA2048:474040
4Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL2248:493030
5Marek KONWAPOL2048:562525
6Tijmen EISINGNED1949:122020
7Joeri ADAMSBEL2149:141717
8Jim AERNOUTSBEL2149:141515
9Micki VAN EMPELNED2049:151212
10Pawel SZCZEPANIAKPOL2149:211010
11Corne VAN KESSELNED1949:2488
12Lars VAN DER HAARNED1949:2566
13Lubomir PETRUSCZE2049:2644
14Jan DENUWELAERBEL2249:2922
15Cristian COMINELLIITA2249:4211
16Robert GAVENDASVK2249:49
17Sascha WEBERGER2249:52
18Jiri POLNICKYCZE2149:58
19Matteo TRENTINITA2150:01
20Twan VAN DEN BRANDNED2150:09
21Matthieu BOULOFRA2150:17
22Karel HNIKCZE1950:25
23Matthias RUPPSUI2050:28
24Valentin SCHERZSUI2050:29
25Ole QUASTGER2151:12
26Marcel MEISENGER2151:35
27Mattias NILSSONSWE2151:45
28Elia SILVESTRIITA2051:51
29Zach MC DONALDUSA1951:59
30Daniel SUMMERHILLUSA2152:02
31Jan NESVADBACZE1952:06
32Yu TAKENOUCHIJPN2252:09
33Kobus HEREIJGERSNED2152:14
34Irwin GRASFRA1952:26
35Jan BÜCHMANNGER2052:27
36Jerome TOWNSENDUSA2152:28
37Lukas WINTERBERGSUI2252:32
38Edwin ARTSNED2252:38
39Maurits LAMMERTINKNED2052:42
40Kevin SMITNED2052:57
41Luke KEOUGHUSA1952:58
42Michael (JR) SCHWEIZERGER1953:13
43Naran KHANGARIDMGL2153:24
44David MENGERCZE2253:37
45Vincent BAESTAENSBEL2153:48
46Fabian DANNERGER2054:01
47Baasankhuu MYAGMARSURENMGL1954:16
48Hikaru KOSAKAJPN2255:01
49Kamil GRADEKPOL2055:10
50Geert VAN DER HORSTNED2055:19
51Dario STAUBLESUI1955:19
52Melvin RULLIEREFRA2155:36

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