MIDDELKERKE (VN) — Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) soloed to victory on Saturday at the final round of the Superprestige series in Middelkerke, riding away from a lead group and never looking back.
Vantornout escaped Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), series leader Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) with just over two laps to go.
Nys appeared primed to launch one of his trademark late surges for second, but instead fell out of the pursuit, leaving Albert and Meeusen to battle for the remaining spots on the podium. Second went to Albert, with Meeusen third.
Nys crossed fifth, behind Bart Aernouts (AA Drink), who slipped past the world champion at the line. But fifth was good enough for Nys to clinch the overall series title with 109 points. Albert finished second overall with 102 while Vantornout took third with 99.