The 30-year-old Belgian, who was already the overall winner after the penultimate race in Benidorm, Spain, rode a considered race with an eye on the World Championships next weekend and crossed the finish line 49 seconds behind winner Mathieu van der Poel.
The race of the Elite Men began initially quite quiet, in the first three of a total of nine laps little should happen at the head of the field. Movement in the field came only in the final lap. While Mathieu van der Poel had established himself at the front, a chasing group of about ten riders fought for the remaining podium places. In the end, Laurens was able to move into second place after stepping up the pace and rolled across the finish line three seconds ahead of third-placed Joris Nieuwenhuis.
After the 14 races of the season, Laurens is the overall winner with 385 points ahead of European champion Michael Vanthourenhout (309 points). He thus takes the first overall World Cup victory for the STEVENS Super Prestige since Annemarie Worst's overall World Cup success in the 2019/20 season.
In the Elite Women's race, former overall World Cup winner Annemarie Worst (Team 777) rode her STEVENS Super Prestige to 2nd place. Third place went to her teammate Inge van der Heijden, who thus secured fourth place in the overall World Cup. Manon Bakker (Crelan-Fristads) finished 7th in the season finale, with Marion Norbert Riberolle (Crelan-Fristads) rounding out the top 10.
In a strong U23 field, Emiel Verstrynge (Crelan-Fristads) was able to take the third place on the podium, his teammate Joran Wyseure just missed the top 3 with 4th place. In the overall classification, the two are 4th and 5th.