Albert Continues Comeback by Winning GvA Loenhout Azencross; Vos Wins Again

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Albert winning earlier this season at the GP Dottignies

Albert taking the win at Dottoginies earlier this season. Bart Hazen

by Chris Bagg

LOENHOUT, BELGIUM—On a course more cross-country and BMX than cyclocross, Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) and Marianne Vos (Nederland-Bloeit) distanced their rivals on the way to victory. Albert, coming back from a wrist injury, and Vos, following a fuller cyclocross program after her traditional break from the road season, dominated their respective fields today in muddy, technical conditions.

Racers seemed to be off their bicycles more often than on them, on a heavy course with many run-ups, mud pits, staircases, and unrideable sections. Albert looked smooth and collected on his way to the win, taking advantage of a Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) crash to attack and ride away from a group that included Zdenek Stybar (Quickstep) and Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea). Albert went away and the riveting race was for second, between Stybar and, amazingly, Nys, who had to run his bike to the pits before charging back up into the chase. Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) didn’t factor in to the second half of the race, perhaps displaying some tired legs from his World Cup win over the weekend. He finished sixth. Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea), on the other hand, left his teammate Wellens in the closing laps and almost bridged back up to Nys and Stybar, who came onto the pavement together. Stybar started his sprint early but managed to pop Nys, who surrendered quickly, exhausted from his chase.

In the women’s race, Vos won by more than a minute, also taking advantage of carnage back in the chasing group. Gabby Day (Renner Custom Cyclocross Team), Daphny van den Brand (AA Drink), Sanne Cant (BOXX) and Sophie de Boer (Telenet-Fidea) all tangled when Day dabbed at the top of a small run-up. It’s doubtful that Vos’ huge margin came from that one mishap, but her ability to ride smoothly over these winter Belgian courses is the difference between her and the rest of the women. Vos even had time to catch a little air on her way to the finish, landing the jump gracefully.

Elite Men’s Results

RankNameNat.
1Niels ALBERTBEL
2Zdenek STYBARCZE
3Sven NYSBEL
4Rob PEETERSBEL
5Bart WELLENSBEL
6Kevin PAUWELSBEL
7Sven VANTHOURENHOUTBEL
8Dieter VANTHOURENHOUTBEL
9Lars BOOMNED
10Aurelien DUVALFRA
11Jan DENUWELAEREBEL
12Philipp WALSLEBENGER
13Thijs VAN AMERONGENNED
14Radomir SIMUNEKCZE
15Tom MEEUSENBEL
16Jonathan PAGEUSA
17Martin ZLAMALIKCZE
18Niels WUBBENNED
19Egoitz MURGOITIO REKALDEESP
20Jim AERNOUTSBEL
21Matthieu BOULOFRA
22Joeri ADAMSBEL
23Julien TARAMARCAZSUI
24Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL
25Vincent BAESTAENSBEL
26Mariusz GILPOL
27Patrick VAN LEEUWENNED
28Kevin CANTBEL
29Florian VOGELSUI
30Romain LEJEUNEFRA
31Kobus HEREIJGERSNED
32Ben BERDENBEL
33Patrick GAUDYBEL
34Tom VAN DEN BOSCHBEL
35Kristof COPBEL
36Eddy VAN IJZENDOORNNED
37Stijn HUYSBEL
38Troy WELLSUSA
39Jimmy TIELENSBEL
40SŽbastien UGOLINIFRA
41Martin GUJANSUI
42Mitchell HOKEUSA
43Marco MINNAARDNED
44Craig RICHEYCAN
45Yoann CORBIHANFRA
46Dries PAUWELSBEL
47Keiichi TSUJIURAJPN
48Marco BIANCOITA
49Ryan KNAPPUSA
50Jeremy DURRINUSA
51Miguel FILLAUTFRA
52Romain PINOTFRA
53Jake WELLSUSA
54Steven VAN VOORENBEL
55Lewis RATTRAYAUS
56Scott CHALMERSGBR

Elite Women’s Results

RankNameCountry
1Marianne VOSNED
2Daphny VAN DEN BRANDNED
3Sanne CANTBEL
4Nikki HARRISGBR
5Sophie DE BOERNED
6Gabriella DAYGBR
7Sanne VAN PAASSENNED
8Pauline FERRAND PREVOTFRA
9Pavla HAVLIKOVACZE
10Reza HORMESNED
11Arenda GRIMBERGNED
12Sabrina STULTIENSNED
13Lana VERBERNENED
14Martina MIKULASKOVACZE
15Iris OCKELOENNED
16Tessa VAN NIEUWPOORTNED
17Nikoline HANSENDEN
18Nicole DE BIE - LEYTENBEL
19Christine VARDAROSUSA
20Katrien THIJSBEL
21Evy KUIJPERSNED
22Dirkje BAZUINNED
23Margriet Helena KLOPPENBURGDEN
24Karla _TEPçNOVçCZE
25Anja NOBUSBEL
26Sarah STEWARTCAN
27Shana MAESBEL
28Monique VAN DE REENED
29Caren COMMISSARISBEL
30Lisa HECKMANNGER
31Anja GELDHOFBEL
32Marijke DE PAUWBEL
33Madara FURMANELAT
34Keshia VERBEEKBEL
35Janice GEYSKENSBEL
36Maaike LANSSENSBEL

 

 

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