Nils van der Poel impressively won the 10,000 meters on Saturday at the World Cup in Stavanger, Norway.

The Swede humiliated Jorrit Bergsma in a direct confrontation and broke Sven Kramer's four-year-old track record.

Patrick Roest had a major breakdown during his ride and disappointed with a ninth time.

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After a hesitant start, Van der Poel took the initiative in the stage and already broke a gap of three seconds with Bergsma after 2,000 meters.

The reigning Dutch champion mainly drove his own race and made no attempt to catch up with Van der Poel.

The Swede then continued to do laps of 30.2 seconds, after which he accelerated in the end of the stage.

With 12.38.92 he smashed the track record, which stood at 12.50.97 and was held by Kramer (2017).

Bergsma was second with 12.56.08.

Reigning Olympic champion Ted-Jan Bloemen completed the podium with a third place.

The Dutchman, who drives for Canada, had no child in his ride from the Belgian Bart Swings and recorded 13.00.23.

Patrick Roest was a big disappointment in the 10,000 meters.

Patrick Roest was a big disappointment in the 10,000 meters.

Photo: ANP

Rust has a breakdown and finishes ninth

Roest disappointed in his ride against Alexander Rumyantsev.

The Zuid-Hollander had a breakdown at the end of his round, so he had to let the Russian ahead of him and was already toiling over the line.

His 13.15.08 meant ninth place.

Just under three years ago, Roest took World Cup silver in the stayers distance.

At the last World Championship distances, last February in Heerenveen, he finished in a disappointing seventh place.

The 10-kilometer event in Stavanger is the only international distance race to be run in the run-up to the Beijing Winter Olympics (4-20 February).

At the other three World Cup competitions and the European Championship distances in Heerenveen, only the 5,000 meters is on the program.

See also: Overview: Results and program of the World Cup in Stavanger