Van der Haar entered the final lap as part of a quartet of leading cyclocross legends. Nys, Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout and the Rabobank youngster all took turns at the front with Vantornout’s Sunweb-Napoleon Games teammate, Kevin Pauwels, shadowing at the rear of the group.
It was anyone’s race come the final descent, but Nys displayed the experience that’s propelled him to two world titles and eight Belgian championships, efficiently weaving down the last hill that shot him out the other end for the win. Van der Haar staved off Pauwels for second with Vantornout in fourth.
Van der Haar’s runner-up spot follows impressive World Cup triumphs aboard his fi’zi:k saddle in Valkenburg and Tabor earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, in the women’s race, Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) claimed the victory ahead of Sanne Cant of Enertherm-BKCP. However, it proved a fruitful day for the Young Telenet-Fidea team who use fi’zi:k shoes. British cyclocross champion Nikki Harris took third, just ahead of teammate Sophie de Boer in fourth. Pavla Havlikova (sixth) completed the Telenet-Fidea domination of the top-10.