In his first race after the world championships, Sven Nys wasted no time in showing that he’s still the boss of trade team racing. Nys gapped breakaway companions Sven Vanthourenhout and Bart Wellens on the last lap, just after a sand section, and held his one second gap to win the Parkcross UCI C2 race in Maldegem, Belgium.

New world champion Niels Albert finished in 10th place.

Albert was not surprised with his lackluster result, blaming it on late nights and obligations since winning the rainbow stripes. “I have had too many celebrations and saw too little bed,” said Albert afterwards, HLN.be reports.  “After obtaining my rainbow jersey I was dragged from here to there. Tuesday, again after midnight, I crawled under the blankets, for the third consecutive time. It’s logical that you can not perform. Of course, driving around with this jersey a kick. The public encouraged me greatly, but there was really no juice in the legs to perform well. I am glad that I am relieved of all those celebrations.”

New U23 world champ Philipp Walsleben finished an impressive 12th, just seven seconds behind Albert. Perhaps the soon-to-be-elite racer have a chance at repeating Boom and Albert’s first-year elite world championships wins next year in Tabor.

Lars Boom, who finished a disappointing 20th on Sunday in his defense of the rainbow jersey, skipped the Maldegem race, complaining of the flu.

Full Results:

PlaceRiderTime
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago57.27
2Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Projob0.01
3Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team0.03
4Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team0.06
5Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0.14
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Projob0.19
7Radomír Šimunek Jr. (Cze) BKCP – Power Plus0.22
8Tom Meeusen (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team0.23
9Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank0.28
10Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP – Powerplus0.38
11Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank0.45
12Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Team BKCP-Power Plus
13Marco Bianco (Ita)0.51
14Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Projob0.55
15Christian Heule (Swi) RendementhypoCycling Team1.34
16Richard Groenendaal (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team1.42
17Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Rendement Hypo Cyclingteam VZW
18Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Rendement Hypo Cyclingteam VZW
19Gianni Denolf (Bel) BKCP – Powerplus
20Bart Verschueren (Bel) Revor-Jartazi Continental Team
21Magnus Darvell (Swe)
22Kendric Van Grembergen (Bel) Profel-Prorace Continental Team
23Mattias Nilsson (Swe)
24Jo Naert (Bel) Lingier Versluys Beachbikers Team
25Freddy De Meester (Bel) Rijschool Ah – Gentse Vs
26Dries Cauwelier (Bel) Cycling Team Cauwelier Roeselare