Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) has won the Druivencross Overijse for the fourth time in a row. In the final he relegated the Dutchman Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) to second place. Third place went to Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) from Belgium.
The reigning world champion, along with Van der Haar, Pauwels and his teammate Klaas Vantornout, dictated the pace for large parts of the race. In the penultimate lap it was Van der Haar who tried to break away from his competitors. However, his attack was thwarted just a few hundred yards by Vantornout's tracking work. While both continued to push the pace, Nys and Pauwels changed their wheels again at the beginning of the last lap. The right decision, as it turned out. Because after Vantornout had passed the Dutchman, Nys followed. Even a small driving error couldn't stop him. He irresistibly latched onto Vantornout's rear wheel before attacking him a few hundred meters from the finish. In his tow, Van der Haar and Pauwels also overtook the reigning Belgian champions. However, they could no longer face Nys.
Behind the leading quartet, the competition drove their own race. Both Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), who celebrated yesterday's victory in Antwerp [Link], and Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) were left behind today. Despite a strong start, Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) lost all chances of winning due to a broken chain. But another German had better luck. Marcel Meisen (Kwadro-Stannah) drove a spirited race and was happy about fifth place.
1. Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) 1:00:42
2. Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) 0:00:00
3. Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb Napoleon Games) 0:00:00
4. Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) 0:00:03
5. Marcel Meisen (Kwadro-Stannah) 0:00:30