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Pauwels managed to drop van Aert in the finale while van der Poel took second to win the Superprestige series overall

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14.02.2015 @ 19:46 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Kevin Pauwels won the final stage of the Superprestige series. Mathieu van der Poel finished second and won the Superprestige with a one-point advantage. Wout van Aert was third in the race.


The final race in the major cyclo-cross series was an exciting one. Halfway through the race, it was down to a battle between 5 riders: Pauwels, Van der Poel, Van Aert, Meeusen and Van der Haar.


This time there was no monotonous one-man show by Mathieu van der Poel. When the Dutchman made his move with four laps to go, Pauwels and van Aert kept him in sight.


With a win and a third place for van der Poel, Pauwels could take the overall win in the Superprestige series. And in the final lap, it seemed that that scenario would turn into reality.


Van der Poel had gone too deep and was caught by Pauwels, Van der Haar and Van Aert. With handsome jumps over the barriers, Pauwels got a gap.


Van Aert was dropped and van der Poel managed to secure the overall victory by holding off the youngster. A disillusioned Pauwels shook his head, but still made a victory gesture.



1. Kevin Pauwels

2. Mathieu van der Poel

3. Wout van Aert

4. Lars van der Haar

5. Tom Meeusen

6. Jens Adams

7. Sven Nys

8. Klaas Vantornout

9. Vincent Baestaens

10. Tim Merlier


Overall standings:

1. Mathieu van der Poel 106

2. Kevin Pauwels 105

3. Lars van der Haar 99

4. Tom Meeusen 92

5. Klaas Vantornout 83

6. Sven Nys 79

7. Jens Adams 59

8. Corne van Kessel 45

9. Philipp Walsleben 35

10. Bart Aernouts 28



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