MIDDELKERKE, Belgium—The Hansgrohe Superprestige series wrapped up today in Middelkerke, Belgium today. With the series ending and the season wrapping up for nearly every racer, the fields were small, but packed with stars and those looking to take final results before attention turns to road racing and other disciplines.
In the Men’s Elite race, Dutch National Champion Matheiu van der Poel took the win ahead of Tom Meeusen who was 22 seconds back and the World Champion Wout van Aert who was another 19 seconds adrift. For the North Americans, Stephen Hyde of the United States finished 15th as the first non-Dutch or Belgian finisher, while Canadian Michael van den Ham was 31st.
@sven_nys #Superprestige #Middelkerke #Crelan #AAdrink #Trekbikes pic.twitter.com/77VJ4mSvhQ — Karin Stalpaert (@karinstalpaert) February 13, 2016
There were, of course, a lot of eyes on Sven Nys as he wraped up his legendary Superprestige career.
Props to @nikkiharris86 who finished in third place in Middelkerke today to close out the Superprestige series in second overall. See you on sunny Spain tomorrow, Nikki! #Repost @nikkiharris86 ・・・ After a hard week training in Girona I’m happy to have had another podium in the last superprestige of the year, also secured my 2nd place overall in the series ??happy to still be feeling strong, one more race to get then straight on to some skinny tyres ! First up is team training camp tomorrow with @boelsdolmansct looking forward to some sunshine ! #cyclocross #podium #mud #footout #middelkerke #superprestigediegem
For the Elite Women, Belgian National Champion Sanne Cant finished clear of Sophie de Boer and British National Champion Nikki Harris.
Only a few more races to go…today I made some good memories at #superprestige #middelkerke :: @cyclephotos behind the lens. A photo posted by Elle Anderson (@ellebellerina) on
American Elle Anderson had a great ride finishing in the top 10 in 8th, while her countrywomen Britlee Bowman and Corey Coogan Cisek were 17th and 23rd, respectively.
Eli Iserbyt op weg naar de overwinning #middelkerke #superprestige #cyclocross pic.twitter.com/ksb2Gu50lB
— heike nelis (@HeikeNelis) February 13, 2016
Elie Iserbyt continued his winning ways taking the victory in the U23 Men’s race, resplendant in his rainbow jersey and 27 seconds ahead of countrymen Quinten Hermans and Thijs Aerts.
Jens Dekker has proven unstoppable since the final World Cup. And the Junior Men’s World Champion took the win today in the final superpresitge in front of Florian Vermeersch and Toon Vandebosch.
2016 Hansgrohe Superprestige Middelkerke Elite Men's Results
|1||Mathieu VAN DER POEL||NED||21||1:05:01|
|3||Wout VAN AERT||BEL||22||1:05:44|
|6||Lars VAN DER HAAR||NED||25||1:06:21|
|8||Corne VAN KESSEL||NED||25||1:07:04|
|16||Twan VAN DEN BRAND||NED||27||1:08:42|
|18||Javier RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ||ESP||37||1:09:03|
|19||Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE||BEL||28||1:09:10|
|20||Thijs VAN AMERONGEN||NED||30||1:09:21|
|22||David VAN DER POEL||NED||24||1:10:16|
|26||Dave DE CLEYN||BEL||28||1:11:37|
|31||Michael VAN DEN HAM||CAN||24|
|36||Edwin DE WIT||BEL||33|
|37||Tony LE BAIL||FRA||29|