Mathieu van der Poel in command. 2016 Superprestige Gavere Elite Men. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Mathieu van der Poel in command. 2016 Superprestige Gavere Elite Men. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Matheiu Van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) wasted no time distancing his rivals at Superprestige Gavere in attempt to win his fourth Superprestige race in a row. The young Dutchman was part of a small group at the front of the race going into lap two on the slippery Gavere track, and unleashed a blistering attack on a slick uphill. None of his chase companions were able to match Van der Poel’s pace, although he did draw out reigning World Champion and his primary rival, Wout Van Aert (Crelan Vastgoedservice), with Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Lions) holding on.

As Van Aert chased and was about to make contact, drivetrain issues struck on his eTap-equipped Colnago. After putting his chain back on, and taking a pit bike, Van Aert was firmly in a group with Tom Meeusen, and European Continental Champion Toon Aerts.

Wout van Aert drops his chain once again on his SRAM eTAP Red drivetrain, ending his chances for the win at the Superprestige Gavere race.

Wout van Aert drops his chain once again on his SRAM eTAP Red drivetrain, ending his chances for the win at the Superprestige Gavere race.

Meeusen and Van Aert would distance Aerts, and Van Aert would set the pace to chase down Van der Poel. Van Aert’s pace was a bit too hot for Meeusen, who was drop his chase companion, and forge on to van der Poel solo.

Perhaps feeling the effects of trying to stay on Van Aert’s wheel, Meeusen took a spill on a descent, and after remounting his bike, drifted backwards and was overtaken by a group of Aerts and Kevin Pauwels.

Tom Meeusen tumbles on the descent.

Tom Meeusen tumbles on the descent.

With a mechanical hindering his main competition, van der Poel had to stay smooth and avoid any mechanical or crashes for victory, and that he did. While valiant, Van Aert’s chase effort did not take back any significant time on van der Poel, leaving Van Aert to roll across the line in second place. Toon Aerts rolled through in the final podium spot.

Mathieu van der Poel wins his fourth 2016 Superprestige race in a row. 2016 Gavere Elite Men. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Mathieu van der Poel wins his fourth 2016 Superprestige race in a row. 2016 Gavere Elite Men. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Mathieu van der Poel wins over Wout van Aert and Toon Aerts. 2016 Superprestige Gavere Elite Men. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Mathieu van der Poel wins over Wout van Aert and Toon Aerts. 2016 Superprestige Gavere Elite Men. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

See our full photo gallery from the 2016 Superprestige Gavere cyclocross men’s race here. Watch Mathieu van der Poel put on an impresive show in the men’s race video here.

2016 Hansgrohe Superprestige Gavere Elite Men's Results

PlaceNameNat.Age*TimePoints
1Mathieu VAN DER POELNED221:03:3580
2Wout VAN AERTBEL231:04:3760
3Toon AERTSBEL241:04:5540
4Klaas VANTORNOUTBEL351:05:0630
5Laurens SWEECKBEL241:05:1925
6Kevin PAUWELSBEL331:05:3520
7Tom MEEUSENBEL291:06:0717
8David VAN DER POELNED251:06:3415
9Jens ADAMSBEL251:06:3512
10Philipp WALSLEBENGER301:06:4010
11Tim MERLIERBEL251:06:458
12Michael BOROSCZE251:06:516
13Diether SWEECKBEL241:08:024
14Joeri ADAMSBEL281:08:062
15Thijs AMERONGENNED311:08:261
16Rob PEETERSBEL321:09:13
17Gianni VERMEERSCHBEL251:09:13
18Jens VANDEKINDERENBEL241:09:30
19Stan GODRIENED241:10:14
20Julien TARAMARCAZSUI301:10:21
21Daan HOEYBERGHSBEL23
22Enrico FRANZOIITA35
23Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL29
24Dario TIELENBEL23
25Fabian OBRISTSUI26
26Eric THOMPSONUSA28
27Yu TAKENOUCHIJPN29
28Luca FORMOSOSUI29