In their first duel of the 2013/2014 cyclocross season, Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) won the GP Soudal in Neerpelt, Belgium over his rival, 2013 World Champion Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony).

Albert attacked in the double sand pit with a lap and half to go while Telenet-Fidea’s Tom Meeusen was leading Nys, but Meeusen faltered with a bad line choice in the sand and held up Nys, creating the decisive gap Albert needed. The 2012 World Champ was gone for good, leaving Nys and company to fight for second.

Think there’s no teamwork in cyclocross? Albert’s teammate, German Philipp Walsleben (former U23 World Champ) expertly moved to the front to thwart any chase once Albert attacked. See the move in the video below at the 1:09:30 mark.

Niels Albert had the legs today to win in Nerepelt (file photo).  © Bart Hazen

Niels Albert had the legs today to win in Nerepelt (file photo). © Bart Hazen

Nys shed the others in the sand on the last lap, while Walsleben followed closely in third, driving Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) home to finish fourth. Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) and Meeusen followed in for fifth and sixth after spending most of the race in the leading group of six.

“I still miss some sharpness,” Nys explained, suggesting his trip to the States to win Cross Vegas was partly to blame, but said he was still happy with the result.

“It happens here quite often I start badly,” said Albert about his race. “A bit of a lack of concentration, I suspect. It was quite narrow and difficult to pass,” Albert recalled, but was pleased with the win after several heavy training weeks.

American Jonathan Page (Fuji / Competitive Cyclist), fresh off a Charm City win, finished in 23rd, 3:36 back.

The course included a good sized drainage ditch that forced riders to either bunnyhop or dismount. See the leading six tackle this obstacle at the 1:08:20 mark below.

In the women’s race, Sanne Cant (BKCP) took an emotional victory over Sophie de Boer (Telenet-Fidea) one day after her grandfather passed, and she pointed to the sky to dedicate the win to him. “During the race I tried not to think [about his death] too much,” she revealed. “Was once my lead become quite large, though it was difficult, but I managed to stay focused.”

American Christine Vardaros (Stevens) finished in 14th.

Full 2013 Soudal GP Neerpelt results below the video.

Video: 2013 GP Soudal, Neerpelt, Bunnyhopping & Teamwork (in HD):

Soudal GP Neerpelt Cyclocross 2013 Elite Men Results

Rank
Name
Nat.
Age*
Result
Points
1Niels ALBERTBEL271:02:0940
2Sven NYSBEL371:02:1930
3Philipp WALSLEBENGER261:02:2120
4Kevin PAUWELSBEL291:02:2315
5Bart AERNOUTSBEL311:02:2310
6Tom MEEUSENBEL251:02:238
7Lars VAN DER HAARNED221:02:476
8Klaas VANTORNOUTBEL311:02:514
9Rob PEETERSBEL281:02:562
10Dieter VANTHOURENHOUTBEL281:02:581
11Thijs VAN AMERONGENNED271:03:02
12Wout VAN AERTBEL191:03:06
13Marcel MEISENGER241:03:42
14Bart WELLENSBEL351:04:12
15Jens ADAMSBEL211:04:24
16Tim MERLIERBEL211:04:39
17Jens VANDEKINDERENBEL201:04:44
18Diether SWEECKBEL201:04:57
19Corne VAN KESSELNED221:05:01
20Quinten HERMANSBEL181:05:01
21Daan SOETEBEL191:05:01
22Sven VANTHOURENHOUTBEL321:05:41
23Jonathan PAGEUSA371:05:45
24Toon AERTSBEL201:06:08
25Julien TARAMARCAZSUI261:06:24
26Davy COMMEYNEBEL33
27Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL25
28Micki VAN EMPELNED23
29Vincent BAESTAENSBEL24
30Michael VANTHOURENHOUTBEL20
31Richard JANSENNED18
32James SPRAGGGBR26
33Osmond BAKKERCAN41
34Dennis DICTUSBEL23
35Christoph AMBROZIAKGER30
36Gilles DE JAEGERBEL18
37Steve DE SCHOESITTERBEL38
38Jonathan VERSCHUERENBEL21

 

Soudal GP Neerpelt Cyclocross 2013 Elite Women Results

Rank
Name
Nat.
Age*
Result
Points
1Sanne CANTBEL2336:58:0040
2Sophie DE BOERNED2337:26:0030
3Pavla HAVLIKOVACZE3037:44:0020
4Ellen VAN LOYBEL3338:50:0015
5Loes SELSBEL2839:08:0010
6Annefleur KALVENHAARNED1939:17:008
7Yara KASTELIJNNED1639:23:006
8Laura VERDONSCHOTBEL1739:29:004
9Karen VERHESTRAETENBEL2239:54:002
10Jolien VERSCHUERENBEL2340:28:001
11Katrien THIJSBEL2840:45:00
12Jamie BIERENSNED1640:58:00
13Lotte EIKELENBOOMNED1741:12:00
14Christine VARDAROSUSA4441:21:00
15Marlène MOREL PETITGIRARDFRA2541:38:00
16Lindy VAN ANROOIJNED1742:01:00
17Cindy BAUWENSBEL3942:18:00
18Stephanie DE CROOCKBEL3442:35:00
19Suzie GODARTLUX5142:39:00
20Karine TEMPORELLIFRA4042:41:00
21Valerie BOONENBEL2043:12:00
22Gertie WILLEMSBEL3643:27:00
23Hilde QUINTENSBEL4943:35:00
24Lizzy WITLOXNED1843:55:00
25Shana MAESBEL1844:07:00
26Caren COMMISSARISBEL1944:46:00
27Lena BISCHOFF-STEINGER2145:06:00
28Keshia VERBEEKBEL18
29Marjolein WIJKELNED17