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Iserbyt wins Superprestige Merksplas | Cyclingnews

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RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 20 Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal celebrates winning ahead of Quinten Hermans of Belgium and TormansCircus Cyclo Cross Team and Laurens Sweeck of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal during the 35th Superprestige Merksplas 2021 Mens Elite Superprestige2022 SPMerksplas on November 20 2021 in Rijkevorsel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Eli Iserbyt takes the win (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 20 Quinten Hermans of Belgium and TormansCircus Cyclo Cross Team crosses the finish line in second place during the 35th Superprestige Merksplas 2021 Mens Elite Superprestige2022 SPMerksplas on November 20 2021 in Rijkevorsel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Quinten Hermans finishes second (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 20 Laurens Sweeck of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal crosses the finish line in third place during the 35th Superprestige Merksplas 2021 Mens Elite Superprestige2022 SPMerksplas on November 20 2021 in Rijkevorsel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Laurens Sweeck rounds out the podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 20 Eli Iserbyt of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal celebrates winning ahead of Quinten Hermans of Belgium and TormansCircus Cyclo Cross Team and Laurens Sweeck of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal during the 35th Superprestige Merksplas 2021 Mens Elite Superprestige2022 SPMerksplas on November 20 2021 in Rijkevorsel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Eli Iserbyt celebrates his win in Merksplas (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 20 Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Baloise Trek Lions reacts after crosses the finishing line during the 35th Superprestige Merksplas 2021 Mens Elite Superprestige2022 SPMerksplas on November 20 2021 in Rijkevorsel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Toon Aerts finishes fourth (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 20 Lars Van Der Haar of Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions reacts after crosses the finishing line during the 35th Superprestige Merksplas 2021 Mens Elite Superprestige2022 SPMerksplas on November 20 2021 in Rijkevorsel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lars van der Haar was fifth (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 20 Vincent Baestaens of Belgium and Team DeschachtGroup HensContainers Maes competes during the 35th Superprestige Merksplas 2021 Mens Elite Superprestige2022 SPMerksplas on November 20 2021 in Rijkevorsel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Vincent Baestaens (Team Deschacht Group Hens Containers Maes) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 20 Felipe Orts Lloret of Spain and Team TeikaBHGsport competes during the 35th Superprestige Merksplas 2021 Mens Elite Superprestige2022 SPMerksplas on November 20 2021 in Rijkevorsel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Felipe Orts Lloret (Team Teika BHGsport) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 20 Tom Meeusen of Belgium and Team Deschacht Group Hens Maes Containers competes during the 35th Superprestige Merksplas 2021 Mens Elite Superprestige2022 SPMerksplas on November 20 2021 in Rijkevorsel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Tom Meeusen (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 20 Quinten Hermans of Belgium and TormansCircus Cyclo Cross Team competes during the 35th Superprestige Merksplas 2021 Mens Elite Superprestige2022 SPMerksplas on November 20 2021 in Rijkevorsel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Hermans leads through the sand (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) claimed a narrow victory in the Superprestige round in Merksplas, parlaying a penultimate-lap attack into a win two seconds ahead of Quinten Hermans (Tormans) with Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) taking third.

The Belgian was part of lead group that established itself midway through the race, with Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek), Hermans, Sweeck and European Champion Lars van der Haar (Baloise Trek).

Van der Haar was dangling at the back when, in the closing laps, Iserbyt and Aerts went on the attack and opened up a lead, splitting the chase group.

Iserbyt crashed in a corner, holding up Aerts, and the delay allowed Sweeck and Hermans to rejoin. Not wanting company, Iserbyt attacked into a turn and forced Aerts to a stop. The Baloise Trek rider led the chase with Hermans and Sweeck while Van der Haar appeared to be measuring his efforts a few seconds behind.

Iserbyt led into the bell with four seconds on the trio of chasers and continued to pour on the pressure. Hermans surged in pursuit with Sweeck on his wheel, while Aerts faded from their wheels.

Brief Results
Pos. Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 1:02:05
2 Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans – Circus Cyclo Cross Team 0:00:02
3 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 0:00:05
4 Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions 0:00:13
5 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:00:16
6 Corne van Kessel (Ned) Tormans – Circus Cyclo Cross Team 0:01:06
7 Diether Sweeck (Bel) IKO – Crelan 0:01:12
8 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-group Hens-containers Maes 0:01:16
9 Jens Adams (Bel) 0:01:20
10 Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin – Fenix 0:01:28

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