Pauwels Prevails over Albert, Powers Takes Holeshot in World Cup Pont-Chateau: Full Results and Video

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Kevin Pauwels gets the kisses again with his World Cup win. (Loenhout file photo) © Bart Hazen

Kevin Pauwels gets the kisses again with his World Cup win in Pont-Chateau. (Loenhout file photo) © Bart Hazen

At the seventh round of the World Cup in Pont-Chateau, France, Jeremy Powers excited US fans by taking the holeshot ahead of European power-houses Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet), Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), and Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea). “That 1st lap today was for you guys,” Powers tweeted, “I took on some water after that, bailed it out and soldiered on for a top 20.”

As Powers drifted back to seal a 19th place, Timothy Johnson recovered from some early crashes to take 12th, after spending some time in the top five. “Well, that wasn’t so bad” Johnson said, “a couple  of crashes in the beginning, getting dizzy with so many laps!” Jamey Driscoll, rounding out the Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com crew, nabbed 28th.

At the sharp end of the race, current World Cup leader Albert made his bid on the third lap, setting a hard pace that immediately gapped the rest of the riders. Sven Vanthourenhout (Sunweb-Revor) did his best to catch the 2009 World Champion, but it was a hard charging Pauwels who ultimately bridged up, trailing Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus), Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) and Steve Chainel (FDJ) behind him. The pace was too much for the other three riders, however, and Pauwels and Albert quickly turned the race into a two-man affair. By lap six, the pair had a 40 second gap.

Behind them, riders took advantage of the dry, open course to form groups and employ drafting.

The two leaders were pushing hard, side-by side, coming into the last corner, but Pauwel’s inside line gave him enough of a lead as the rounded the finishing straight that Albert conceded, allowing Pauwels to raise his hands as he crossed the line. This is Pauwels second World Cup win, with Zolder 2009 being his first. Pont-Chateau is also the same course that Pauwels secured his 2004 U23 World Championships on.

The large chase group behind had fractured after a crash by Italian champion Marco Aurelio Fontana brought a number of riders – including French champion Francis Mourey – to the ground, and Sven Nys led out a four-man sprint for the line, taking third ahead of Steve Chainel, Bart Aernouts, and Rob Peeters. Johnson, who avoided the crash, came in 12th, 58 seconds down.

Albert appears to be secure in his World Cup standings, with 490 points. Pauwels is holding second at 429 points, with Nys a close third with 419. However, with 80 points going to the winner next week at Hoogherheide, the leaderboard still may change.

Noticeably absent was World Champion Zdenek Stybar, who is training in Mallorca, Spain, as he builds up to defend his title at St. Wendel.


Powers takes Holeshot:

Full Results:

Rank Name Nat. Age* Result PaR PcR
1 Kevin PAUWELS BEL 27 1:01:46 200 200
2 Niels ALBERT BEL 25 1:01:49 160 160
3 Sven NYS BEL 35 1:02:26 140 140
4 Steve CHAINEL FRA 28 1:02:27 120 120
5 Bart AERNOUTS BEL 29 1:02:28 110 110
6 Rob PEETERS BEL 26 1:02:33 100 100
7 Philipp WALSLEBEN GER 24 1:02:36 90 90
8 John GADRET FRA 32 1:02:38 80 80
9 Nicolas BAZIN FRA 28 1:02:39 70 70
10 Enrico FRANZOI ITA 29 1:02:41 60 60
11 Dieter VANTHOURENHOUT BEL 26 1:02:43 58 58
12 Timothy JOHNSON USA 34 1:02:44 56 56
13 Klaas VANTORNOUT BEL 29 1:02:58 54 54
14 Francis MOUREY FRA 31 1:03:03 52 52
15 Ian FIELD GBR 25 1:03:08 50 50
16 Mariusz GIL POL 28 1:03:09 48 48
17 Christoph PFINGSTEN GER 24 1:03:15 46 46
18 Egoitz MURGOITIO REKALDE ESP 28 1:03:18 44 44
19 Jeremy POWERS USA 28 1:03:26 42 42
20 Gerben DE KNEGT NED 36 1:03:29 40 40
21 Marcel WILDHABER SUI 26 1:03:30 39 39
22 Vladimir KYZIVAT CZE 29 1:03:31 38 38
23 Florian LE CORRE FRA 26 1:03:32 37 37
24 Petr DLASK CZE 35 1:03:37 36 36
25 Javier RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ ESP 32 1:03:46 35 35
26 Thijs VAN AMERONGEN NED 25 1:03:53 34 34
27 Isaac SUAREZ FERNANDEZ ESP 32 1:03:59 33 33
28 James DRISCOLL USA 25 1:04:00 32 32
29 Thijs AL NED 31 1:04:17 31 31
30 Ludovic RENARD FRA 27 1:04:18 30 30
31 Johannes SICKMUELLER GER 29 1:04:59 29 29
32 Christian HEULE SUI 36 1:05:15 28 28
33 Marco BIANCO ITA 29 1:05:23 27 27
34 Martin ZLAMALIK CZE 29 1:05:24 26 26
35 Ondrej BAMBULA CZE 24 1:05:30 25 25
36 Eddy VAN IJZENDOORN NED 26 1:05:37 24 24
37 Derrick ST JOHN CAN 34 1:05:39 23 23
38 Patrick VAN LEEUWEN NED 26 1:05:40 22 22
39 Marco Aurelio FONTANA ITA 27 1:05:52 21 21
40 Julien PION FRA 25 1:06:22 20 20

 

 

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Kurt
Kurt

hey I know that start video....I shot it!!!

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