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Despite a bad moment halfway through the race, van der Poel beat van der Haar in an exciting duel at the Dutch Championships; his brother David made it two van der Poels on the podium

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LARS VAN DER HAAR

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MATHIEU VAN DER POEL

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10.01.2016 @ 16:28 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Mathieu van der Poel has defended his Dutch title. The reigning world champion from BKCP Corendon had a bad period in Hellendoorn a lesser period, but he overcame his troubles and made his move in the penultimate lap. Lars van der Haar had a comfortable lead at the midpoint but was no match for van der Poel. The bronze went to David van der Poel after a nice battle with Corné van Kessel

 

After a somewhat shaky start, the strongest riders had created a gap at the second passage of the finish line. Lars van der Haar and Mathieu van der Poel had a slight lead over David van der Poel and Corné van Kessel. In the front, the world champion set the pace. The two stayed together but with six laps to go, the two nearest chasers made the connection. A little later Thijs van Amerongen also joined the front group.

 

Halfway through the race, van der Haar chose the attack. David van der Poel responded with Van Kessel on his wheel but the two soon found themselves fourteen seconds behind. Mathieu van der Poel also had to let his rival go. Nevertheless, he found his pace again and he managed to rejoin van der Haar. His brother David and Van Kessel were preparing for the battle for bronze.

 

In the finale, both leaders tried to attack. Van der Poel got an advantage of seven seconds, but the Giant Alpecin rider still had him in sight However, the European champion could not make the connection. At the start of the final lap, the gap had gone out to 18 seconds and van der Poel was able to defend it in the final part of the race.

 

Result:

1. Mathieu van der Poel

2. Lars van der Haar

3. David van der Poel

4. Corne van Kessel

5. Thijs van Amerongen

6. Stan Godrie

7. Gert-Jan Bosman

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