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Gieten Gallery: Van der Poel claims Superprestige opener

Mathieu van der Poel nabs a lakeside victory over Wout Van Aert at Superprestige Gieten
2016 Superprestige Gieten: Lakeside racing
Dutch ‘cross fans aplenty turned out to enjoy the lakeside action at Superprestige Gieten Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: Van der Poel on the move
Mathieu van der Poel, appearing in his first race of the season, applied pressure early to line out the field. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: Climbing
Telenet – Fidea had a strong presence at the front early in the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: The barriers
It didn’t take long for reigning world champion Wout Van Aert and 2015 champ van der Poel to establish themselves as the riders to beat. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: The sand
The sand would prove a critical obstacle. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: Putting on a show
The two young stars treated fans to a neck-and-neck showdown that came all the way down to the final few hundred meters of the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: Sweeck
Laurens Sweeck couldn’t hang with the two riders up front, but he did make a valiant effort pursuing a podium spot. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: Almost
Van der Poel and Van Aert were deadlocked as they dismounted for the final stretch of sand on the final lap, but van der Poel pulled away when Van Aert dropped his chain while remounting. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: Victory
An elated van der Poel was enthusiastic in his celebration of the victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: Runner-up
Van Aert was forced to settle for second. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: Rounding out the podium
Sweeck seemed content with his third-place finish. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
2016 Superprestige Gieten: The top three
Van der Poel’s victory is his first of the year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com