Super Prestige #7 - Cat. 1

Harnes, France, February 10, 2002

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Richard Groenendaal wins again in Harnes

A sick Sven Nijs loses SP lead to Vervecken

Richard Groenendaal (Rabobank) has for the fifth time won the Superprestige race held in Harnes, northern France. The vastly experienced Dutchman beat Erwin Vervecken (Spaar Select) and Sven Vanthourenhout (Domo-Farm Frites) by over half a minute. Vervecken became the new overall leader in the Superprestige series with one race to go, after Sven Nijs only managed to finish 15th, suffering from sickness.

Nijs fell ill midway through last week, and wasn't able to hold the fast pace today. He quickly dropped back to 11th position, fading to 15th by the end. That meant that he now trails Vervecken by 8 points, and is equal on points with Bart Wellens. There is one race to go in the series (Vorselaar, February 23), and Nijs will have to do very well there in order to claim the SP title.

Both Mario De Clercq and Erwin Vervecken experienced punctures today, which limited their winning options although both managed to finish in the top four. De Clercq was leading the race when he flatted, meaning that the chasing group with Richard Groenendaal, Sven Vanthourenhout, Erwin Vervecken and Peter Van Santvliet caught and passed him.

Groenendaal then made the winning move, and stayed away from the rest of the group to claim his fifth victory in Harnes, and his second Superprestige win this season. De Clercq chased and caught Vervecken, Vanthourenhout and Van Santvliet, and he managed to drop Van Santvliet to ensure his fourth position.

Erwin Vervecken sprinted in for second place in front of Vanthourenhout, ensuring that he put as much into Sven Nijs as possible in the points standings. He now hopes to perform well in Vorselaar, which is just 4 kilometres from his house.

Results

Elite Men

1 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank                  56.02
2 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Spaar Select                   0.33
3 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
4 Mario De Clercq (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites               0.36
5 Peter Van Santvliet (Bel) Spaar Select               1.01
6 Bart Wellens (Bel) Spaar Select                      1.21
7 Arne Daelmans (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim             1.48
8 Ben Berden (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                1.55
9 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank                       2.01
10 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) Collstrop-Palmans               2.23
11 Wim De Vos (Ned) Spaar Select                       2.30
12 Christophe Morel (Fra)                              2.42
13 Bjorn Rondelez (Bel)                                3.38
14 Maarten Nijland (Ned) WTC Woerden                   3.53
15 Sven Nijs (Bel) Rabobank                            3.58
16 Vaclav Jezek (Cze) Czech Republic                   4.01
17 David Derepas (Fra)                                 4.03
18 David Pagnier (Fra)                                 4.24
19 Arnaud Labbe (Fra)                                  4.58
20 JÚrome Chiotti (Fra)                                5.08
21 David Seco (Spa)                                    5.24
22 Tadeusz Korzeniewski (Pol)                          5.32
23 Maxime Lefebvre (Fra)                               5.58
24 Wesley Van der Linden (Bel)                         7.12

Espoirs/Juniors

1 Geert Wellens (Bel)                                 41.10
2 Klaas Vantornout (Bel)                               0.53
3 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel)                                 0.58
4 Eddy De Vos (Fra)                                    1.14
5 Kevin Pauwels (Bel)
6 Mickael Muller (Zwi)                                 1.29
7 Mike Thielemans (Bel)                                1.35
8 Kevin Bossaerts (Bel)                                2.16
9 Nick Sels (Bel)                                      2.18
10 Tim Pauwels (Bel)
11 Jef De Boeck (Bel)
12 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel)                         2.49
13 Adrien Delautre (Fra)                               3.06
14 Guus Magielse (Ned)                                 3.14
15 Gaetan Benoit (Fra)                                 3.45
16 Lorenzo Van Damme (Bel)                             4.56
17 Frank van Grootel (Ned)                             6.14
18 Jeroen Thielemans (Bel)                             6.58
19 Alban Caze (Fra)                                    8.08
20 Jerome Boussekey (Fra)                              8.24

SuperPrestige standings after round 7

Elite Men

1 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Spaar Select                    160 pts
2 Sven Nijs (Bel) Rabobank                              152
3 Bart Wellens (Bel) Spaar Select
4 Mario De Clercq (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                132
5 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) Collstrop-Palmans                 120
6 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank                        103
7 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank                    100
8 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites             94
9 Peter Van Santvliet (Bel) Spaar Select                 93
10 Arne Daelmans (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim              77
11 Bjorn Rondelez (Bel)                                  69
12 Wim De Vos (Ned) Spaar Select                         59
13 Ben Berden (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                 58
14 Maarten Nijland (Ned) WTC Woerden                     41
15 Geoffrey Clochez (Fra) Julie Nature                   28
16 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Beveren 2000                      25
17 Camiel Van Den Bergh (Ned) Bert Story - Piels         24
18 Thijs Verhagen (Ned)                                  18
19 Marc Janssens (Ned) Collstrop-Palmans                 17
20 Tadeusz Korzeniewski (Pol)                            14
21 Tomas Trunschka (Cze) Czech Republic                   9
22 Christophe Morel (Fra)                                 9
23 Jan Weevers (Ned)                                      7
24 David Seco (Spa) Euskaltel                             6
25 Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Czech Republic                    6
26 Wesley Van Der Linden                                  6
27 Vaclav Jezek (Cze) Czech Republic                      5
28 Bart Aernouts (Bel)                                    4
29 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago         4
30 Wilant Van Gils (Ned)                                  4
31 Thomas Frischknecht (Swi)                              4
32 David Derepas (Fra)                                    4
33 Gretienus Gommers (Ned) Bouwbedrijf Rietveld           3
34 David Kasek (Cze)                                      3
35 Nico Hendriks (Bel)                                    3
36 Sten Raymakers (Bel)                                   3
37 David Pagnier (Fra)                                    3
38 Kipcho Volckaerts (Bel)                                2
39 Jiri Pospisil (Cze) Czech Republic                     2
40 Arnaud Labbe (Fra)                                     2
41 Robert Glajza (Svk)                                    1
42 Kris Wouters (Bel) Nationale Militaire                 1
43 Wouter Bunning (Ned)                                   1
44 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel)                                   1
45 JÚrome Chiotti (Fra)                                   1

Juniors

1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel)                                   166 pts
2 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel)                           147
3 Nick Sels (Bel)                                       134
4 Jef De Boeck (Bel)                                    119
5 Mike Thielemans (Bel)                                  68
6 Krzysztof Kuzniak (Pol)
6 Jan Soetens (Bel)                                      55
8 Guus Magielse (Ned)                                    54
9 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned)                             46
10 Nard van der Sanden (Ned)                             39
 

Past winners

Men

2001 Bart Wellens (Bel)
2000 Richard Groenendaal (Ned)