Niels Albert Wins Cyclocross World Cup at Hoogerheide, Pauwels Second – UPDATED: Photo Gallery, Report, Full Results

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James Driscoll tries in vain to get the mud off. © Bart Hazen

James Driscoll tries in vain to get the mud off. © Bart Hazen

HOOGERHEIDE, NETHERLANDS – It was an exciting battle today at the final World Cup race in Hoogerheide, where Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) and Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) traded podium spots from last weekend’s World Cup Pont-Chateau. Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea), perhaps seeking to quiet those critical of him missing Pont-Chateau, launched off the front on the first lap, creating a gap that would take his chasers six laps to bridge.

Swiss rider Christian Heule (Champion System LBS) was the first to go off the front of the race, but it wasn’t long before Stybar showed his hand and took control. By the end of the first lap, he’d build a lead of almost 20 seconds, and he’d hold that gap for the first half of the race despite a rotation of chasers in pursuit.

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) decided to show that his rubbing shoulders with the world’s best last weekend was no fluke, and led the chase for the first lap, giving the Green Machine some international exposure. Johnson would eventually finished in 16th, with Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) coming in a few places behind, in 20th.  But it was the efforts of a driving Kevin Pauwels and determined Niels Albert that ultimately whittled the chasers down to five Europeans – Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) rounding out the group – and brought the riders within striking distance of Stybar.

By the end of lap number five, Stybar’s lead had shrunk to eight seconds over Albert, Pauwels and Vantornout, and the reigning world champ looked to be running out of gas.

“The legs were a bit empty,” Stybar said on his website. “Because of that, I made one mistake after the other.” It was one such miscue – a bobble by the Czech star – that ultimately closed the gap, and a botched bike exchange would then put him a few seconds behind the new leaders, Albert and Pauwels. The lead group of five stayed together for a short period, during which time Nys had a number of small setbacks that kept him chasing, before Albert played his card and drove off the front, with Pauwels the only rider able to follow.

“It would have been fantastic to go off to St. Wendel with some extra confidence,” Stybar told Belgian radio station Sporza. “But I’m going to enjoy [this experience] too. This could be my last day in the rainbow jersey.”

Stybar, however, is not giving up on his chances for another world title just yet. He’s just wrapped up a long training camp in Mallorca, Spain, to help come back from tendinitis, and feels that he hasn’t fully recovered from that workload yet. “At first I felt like Mallorca was out of my legs, but that feeling changed as the race progressed. I’m really looking forward to the World Championships in Germany and hope to extend my title. That would save my season.”

“It’s a shame, but I’m never good in Hoogerheide,” Stybar continued. “A week later I am though. Hopefully that will be the case again.”

As Albert maintained his lead over Pauwels to take the win, the perpetually calm Nys overtook Stybar and came into third comfortably. Vantornout finished just a second behind a fading Stybar for fifth, with the young Tom Meeusen in sixth. German champion Philipp Walsleben, enjoying a fabulous campaign in just his second season as an Elite, finished in seventh – putting six riders within a minute of Albert’s winning pace. This bodes well for an exciting culmination to the season next weekend for the World Championships.

Like Stybar, Albert, too, has been piling on the training efforts, and didn’t expect such a good performance from his weary body. “It was a very tough week,” said Albert. “Today the legs were very tired but I’m happy with the victory. First I had to close the gap on Stybar, Kevin didn’t want to work because of his teammate. But it was a goal for me to win the race, so I’m very happy.”

“I am very happy with my third place, because the two were slightly better for me,” Nys told Sporza. “The progression compared with last week is great. I think next week at the World Championship I again will have good legs.”

Albert’s effort was more than enough to secure his lead in the overall World Cup standings, with Pauwels coming in second, and – as reflected in today’s finishing order – Nys in third. Bart Aernouts (Rabo-Giant) finished in fourth and Francis Mourey (Francaise de Jeux) in fifth overall, although the duo could only manage ninth and 10th on the day.

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Full Results:

RankNAME / First NameTeamTime
1ALBERT NielsBKCP – POWERPLUS1:04:21
2PAUWELS KevinTELENET – FIDEA+00:06
3NYS SvenLANDBOUWKREDIET+00:32
4STYBAR ZdenekTELENET – FIDEA+00:37
5VANTORNOUT KlaasSUNWEB – REVOR+00:38
6MEEUSEN TomTELENET – FIDEA+00:47
7WALSLEBEN PhilippBKCP – POWERPLUS+01:00
8CHAINEL SteveFDJ+01:11
9AERNOUTS BartRABOBANK-GIANT OFFROAD TEAM+01:35
10MOUREY FrancisFDJ+02:00
11DE KNEGT GerbenRABOBANK-GIANT OFFROAD TEAM+02:05
12BAZIN NicolasBIG MAT – AUBER 93+02:05
13PEETERS RobTELENET – FIDEA+02:06
14VAN COMPERNOLLE Kenneth+02:16
15GADRET JohnAG2R LA MONDIALE+02:26
16JOHNSON TimothyCANNONDALE p/b CyclocrossWorld+02:29
17ZLAMALIK MartinSUNWEB – REVOR+02:34
18VANTHOURENHOUT DieterBKCP – POWERPLUS+02:40
19HEULE Christian+02:43
20PAGE JonathanPlanet Bike+02:49
21PFINGSTEN Christoph+02:58
22DLASK PetrTELENET – FIDEA+03:10
23AL Thijs+03:12
24FONTANA Marco AurelioCANNONDALE FACTORY RACING+03:28
25VAN AMERONGEN Thijs+03:29
26GIL Mariusz+03:30
27BIANCO Marco+03:43
28DRISCOLL JamesCANNONDALE p/b CyclocrossWorld+03:59
29WILDHABER MarcelSCOTT-SWISSPOWER MTB-RACING+04:06
30GAVENDA RobertTELENET – FIDEA+04:11
31SIMUNEK RadomirBKCP – POWERPLUS+04:12
32KYZIVAT Vladimir+04:12
33COMINELLI CristianTX ACTIVE BIANCHI+04:23
34CICHOSZ Marek+04:29
35FIELD Ian+04:39
36POWERS JeremyCANNONDALE p/b CyclocrossWorld+04:44
37DARVELL Magnus+04:52
38VAN IJZENDOORN Eddy+05:04
39BAMBULA Ondrej+05:07
40BIRKENFELD René+05:11
41VAN LEEUWEN Patrick+05:16
42RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ Javier+05:44
43SICKMUELLER Johannes+06:08
44URSI Fabio-1LAP
45TSUJIURA Keiichi-1LAP
46GENZE HannesMULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM-1LAP
47RENARD Ludovic-1LAP
48VAN GILS Wilant-1LAP
49BAUSCH Gusty-1LAP
50KASEK David-1LAP
51VAN HEESWIJK Roy-2LAP
52TAKENOUCHI Yu-2LAP
53NIELSEN Tommy-2LAP
54MARUYAMA Atsushi-3LAP
55ST JOHN Derrick-3LAP
56RICHEY Craig-3LAP
57ANIA GONZALEZ Daniel-4LAP
58ADAMSON Shaun-5LAP

U23 Results:

RankNAME / First NameTeamTime
1BOULO MatthieuFRANCE0:51:48
2ADAMS JoeriBELGIUM+00:01
3VAN DER HAAR LarsNETHERLANDS+00:03
4AERNOUTS JimBELGIUM+00:06
5BRAET VinnieBELGIUM+00:07
6KONWA MarekPOLAND+00:10
7BOSMANS WietseBELGIUM+00:20
8GRAS IrwinFRANCE+00:40
9VAN DEN BRAND TwanNETHERLANDS+00:40
10QUAST OleGERMANY+00:42
11GRAND ArnaudSWITZERLAND+00:45
12DOLFSMA EmielNETHERLANDS-B+00:45
13TEUNISSEN MikeNETHERLANDS+00:46
14BOSMAN Gert-JanNETHERLANDS+00:58
15VAN DER POEL DavidNETHERLANDS-B+01:07
16SILVESTRI EliaITALY+01:07
17VERMEERSCH GianniBELGIUM+01:07
18ADAMS JensBELGIUM+01:13
19EISING TijmenNETHERLANDS+01:20
20MEISEN MarcelGERMANY+01:22
21HEREIJGERS KobusNETHERLANDS-B+01:22
22SUMMERHILL DanielUNITED STATES+01:27
23TURGIS JimmyFRANCE+01:28
24TABACCHI MirkoITALY+01:38
25HNIK KarelCZECH REPUBLIC+01:44
26SCHERZ ValentinSWITZERLAND+01:49
27SCHWEIZER MichaelGERMANY+02:15
28BAESTAENS VincentBELGIUM+02:21
29NESVADBA JanCZECH REPUBLIC+02:27
30TRENTIN MatteoITALY+02:45
31BOROS MichaelCZECH REPUBLIC+02:50
32PAPRSTKA TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+02:54
33HANSEN KennethDENMARK+02:58
34BRAIDOT LucaITALY+03:03
35PETRUS LubomirCZECH REPUBLIC+03:04
36VAN KESSEL CorneNETHERLANDS-B+03:25
37MÜLLER LukasSWITZERLAND+03:35
38WINTERBERG MichaelSWITZERLAND+03:43
39DANNER FabianGERMANY+03:44
40KIRSCH AlexLUXEMBOURG+03:46
41VAN DER HORST GeertNETHERLANDS-B+04:02
42KAISER CodyUNITED STATES+04:16
43VAN KOOY NilsNETHERLANDS-B+04:17
44MCDONALD ZachUNITED STATES+04:36
45TOWNSEND JeromeUNITED STATES+05:31
46WALSLEBEN MaxGERMANY+05:51
47DIAS DOS SANTOS VincentLUXEMBOURG+06:10
48HERBA WojciechPOLAND-1LAP
49GUDDAL JonasDENMARK-1LAP
50ANTKOWIAK PiotrPOLAND-3LAP

Junior Men Results:

RankNAME / First NameTeamTime
1SWEECK LaurensBELGIUM0:44:53
2BOUVARD KévinFRANCE+00:00
3DOUBEY FabienFRANCE+00:01
4HERKLOTZ SilvioGERMANY+00:12
5DOUBEY LoicFRANCE+00:31
6VAN POPPEL DannyNETHERLANDS+00:37
7FORSTER LarsSWITZERLAND+00:38
8ECKMANN YannickGERMANY+00:41
9JAUREGUI QuentinFRANCE+00:41
10PEETERS DanielBELGIUM+00:50
11VENTURINI ClémentFRANCE+00:54
12MEDEK TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+00:58
13RODRIGUEZ GUEDE PabloSPAIN+01:15
14VAN TICHELT YorbenBELGIUM+01:25
15VAN AERT WoutBELGIUM+01:27
16GODRIE StanNETHERLANDS+01:30
17SKALA JakubCZECH REPUBLIC+01:36
18VERBERNE DouweNETHERLANDS+01:43
19VANDEKINDEREN JensBELGIUM+01:54
20LIENHARD FabianSWITZERLAND+02:00
21LEHMANN JulianGERMANY+02:01
22DE MAN JaapNETHERLANDS+02:02
23DIDIER AnthoninFRANCE+02:18
24ZUMSTEIN DominicSWITZERLAND+02:33
25DILLMAN AndrewUNITED STATES+02:40
26ARIESEN TimNETHERLANDS-B+02:43
27SWEECK DietherBELGIUM+02:48
28ZURLO FedericoITALY+02:49
29FRISCHKNECHT AndriSWITZERLAND+02:59
30VANTHOURENHOUT MichaelBELGIUM+03:00
31REDAELLI RiccardoITALY+03:11
32DIETEREN JanGERMANY+03:14
33VAN BEEK PjotrNETHERLANDS-B+03:26
34HOPPNER KarlCANADA+03:27
35GRUNER YannickGERMANY+03:27
36BOHATA TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+03:33
37GROENEWEGEN DylanNETHERLANDS-B+03:36
38SCAPOLAN EnricoITALY+03:43
39OLSEN Emil ArvidDENMARK+03:56
40KRAMER ErikNETHERLANDS-B+03:59
41SAWADA TokiJAPAN+04:00
42BRUSSELMAN TwanNETHERLANDS+04:26
43SAMPARISI LorenzoITALY+04:30
44BAHNSON JeffUNITED STATES+04:37
45PATRY YohanCANADA+04:41
46SVOBODA TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+04:59
47KOSTECKI PatrykPOLAND+05:04
48MALEWICZ MarcinPOLAND+05:12
49MALEC WojciechPOLAND+05:13
50EIKELENBOOM DennisNETHERLANDS-B+05:43
51PERRY BenjaminCANADA+05:49
52SCHWARMES TomLUXEMBOURG+06:01
53VAN BAKEL RobbieNETHERLANDS-B+06:10
54WOLKIEWICZ KamilPOLAND+06:16
55SZYNIEC WojciechPOLAND+06:42
56SAMOL PawelPOLAND+06:54
57FRITSCH SvenLUXEMBOURG+07:18
58GLEIS RalphLUXEMBOURG-1LAP
59FOX BjornUNITED STATES-2LAP
60REINERT JimmyLUXEMBOURG-2LAP

Albert, Pauwels Vantornout

 

 

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