10.19.2014

Cyclocross WC Valkenburg: A Cool Victory for Lars van der Haar


Embedded image permalinkYes: coolness, focus, control. Today Lars van der Haar didn't make any mistakes. Clean lines, a regular pace too high too folow for almost everybody. Few laps and already he was leading with Kevin Pauwels and Tom Meeusen. Walsleben trying to bridge. In a sunny, crowded Cauberg. 
It isn't easy to confirm after one year when you took such a smashing victory, it isn't easy when you are racing in your homeland, in front of your people. He did.
Cool, focused, always in control. Moreover determined.
Tom Meeusen was fighting as a lion and his style is classy and pure, but he couldn't keep the rythm and got finally dropped. It was Lars van der Haar and Kevin Pauwels, two fast wheels in a very fast race. Unfortunately Pauwels fell, his back wheel sliding on died leaves on a descent. Van der Haar flew away and nobody could catch.


Embedded image permalinkBehind a three riders chasing group had formed: Meeusen, Pauwels, Walsleben and Vantornout. They were giving it all but van der Haar was too fast. 
Embedded image permalinkBina had already abandoned, Sven Nys' chain dropped and he was also forced to abandon. Four laps to go van der Haar crossed solo the line and since there his gap grew till 1'08''. At the last lap it was still 1'. 
Behind they werent's chasing anymore but fighting more tactically for the 2nd place. Van Amerongen and Van Kessel had joined the front group. 
At the last lap Kevin Pauwel attacked and gained a gap. Meanwhile Lars van der Haar was already smiling and rising one arm to celebrate a cool victory. Bravo! 2. Pauwels, 3rd Van Kessel.

Lars van der Haar:
“From the first lap it went perfect today. I came in front with Pauwels but then became alone, and I didn’t expect that. I pushed him too far and he made a mistake.
I didn’t take a drink as I knew I could manage the heat – I don’t think you need to do it for an hour. It turned out to be a good decision. 
I am happy with my demonstration today, it was a good race and this was my first peak of the season. I’m pleased to be the World Cup leader again and I hope to go on like this.”
"Of course I know that Sven Nys doesn't like the heat, so I decided for a fast start. Meeusen and Pauwels were not far away. It did not make sense to just keeping pushing. Moreover, I could save energy staying on their wheels.
But after a while I saw the others coming back and I didn't want. So I went in front and rose the pace again.
Then I just rode steadly. I felt really good on the bike today. I really could 'play' with my bike, took the curves perfectly, had the right line. It felt good, much better than last week in Ronse where I struggled with the bike. It's really something beautiful when you can go ahead with 1:10, in the last two laps then I really enjoied the bike and I'm proud of this victory. It's fine to start the season well but the season is still long and I would like to show beautiful things in the bpost Bank trophy and Hansgrohe Superprestige."

Kevin Pauwels:
"I had abdominal cramps. I've already had them in Erpe-Mere. Perhaps it's because of the heat. You have to drink a lot, perhaps that explains those abdominal problems. I had to go deep to follow Lars and made mistakes." 
Lars was clearly the strongest of us all. This fall was my own fault. 

I'm growing gradually into my best shape and looking forward to races like the Koppenberg."

RESULTS
1 VAN DER HAAR Lars NED19910723 DEVELOPMENT TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 1:05:42
2 PAUWELS Kevin BEL19840412 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +00:26
3 VAN KESSEL Corne NED19910807 TELENET - FIDEA +00:34
4 VANTORNOUT Klaas BEL19820519 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +00:38
5 MEEUSEN Tom BEL19881107 TELENET - FIDEA +00:38
6 VAN AMERONGEN Thijs NED19860718 TELENET - FIDEA +00:41
7 WALSLEBEN Philipp GER19871119 BKCP - POWERPLUS +00:48
8 ADAMS Jens BEL19920605 VASTGOEDSERVICE - GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM +00:59
9 POWERS Jeremy USA19830629 +01:10
10 VERMEERSCH Gianni BEL19921119 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +01:24
11 MERLIER Tim BEL19921030 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +01:31
12 WELLENS Bart BEL19780810 TELENET - FIDEA +01:38
13 BOROS Michael CZE19920809 +01:58
14 AERNOUTS Jim BEL19890323 SUNWEB - NAPOLEON GAMES CYCLING TEAM +02:05
15 WUBBEN Niels NED19880220 TELENET - FIDEA +02:18
16 MOUREY Francis FRA19801208 FDJ.fr +02:23
17 GRAND Arnaud SUI19900828 +02:25
18 CANAL Fabien FRA19890404 LOOK - BEAUMES DE VENISE +02:30
19 VAN DEN BRAND Twan NED19890122 +02:35
20 FRANZOI Enrico ITA19820808 MARCHIOL EMISFERO +02:48
21 PAPRSTKA Tomas CZE19920301 REMERX-MERIDA TEAM KOLIN +02:55
22 AERNOUTS Bart BEL19820623 CORENDON - KWADRO +03:04
23 TARAMARCAZ Julien SUI19871112 CORENDON - KWADRO +03:08
24 PEETERS Rob BEL19850702 VASTGOEDSERVICE - GOLDEN PALACE CONTINENTAL TEAM +03:24
25 MOSER Andreas SUI19840122 +03:25
26 VAN LEEUWEN Patrick NED19850416 CYCLINGTEAM JO PIELS +03:38
27 MEISEN Marcel GER19890108 CORENDON - KWADRO +04:02
28 WEBER Sascha GER19880223 VERANCLASSIC - DOLTCINI +04:11
29 ZAHNER Simon SUI19830306 +04:12
30 FIELD Ian GBR19860618 +04:42
31 RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ Javier ESP19791102 +04:51
32 RULLIERE Melvin FRA19891222 +04:58
33 WINTERBERG Lukas SUI19880504 +05:24
34 BIANCO Marco ITA19821211 -1LAP
35 LHOTELLERIE Clement FRA19860309 -1LAP
36 GIL Mariusz POL19830506 CORENDON - KWADRO -1LAP
37 VAN IJZENDOORN Eddy NED19850321 -2LAP
38 HANSEN Kenneth DEN19911007 -2LAP
39 SAEGESSER Severin SUI19920711 -2LAP
40 BERDEN Ben BEL19750929 -2LAP
41 PAGE Jonathan USA19760916 -2LAP
42 BETALU Josep ESP19771021 -3LAP
43 VAN DER POEL David NED19920615 BKCP - POWERPLUS -3LAP
44 TAKENOUCHI Yu JPN19880901 VERANCLASSIC - DOLTCINI -4LAP
45 PARBO Joachim DEN19741118 -4LAP
46 SILVESTRI Elia ITA19900329 -4LAP
47 EDMOND Angus NZL19760203 NZL19760203 -5LAP

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