Niels Albert took to the front after a slow start. © Bart Hazen

Albert took to the front after a slow start. © Bart Hazen

Cyclocross Superprestige #2 – Hoogstraten

HOOGSTRATEN, Belgium.  World Champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) won the second race of the Superprestige in Hoogstraten, his eighth victory of the season. In a race pummeled by heavy rain, the prince of Belgian cyclocross beat Czech champion Zdenek Stybar (Fidea) and Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago). Kevin Pauwels (Telnet-Fidea) and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Projob) finished in fourth and fifth places.

Czech Martin Zlamalik (Auto Hasse) took the holeshot, with Albert giving chase from fifteenth place after missing his start. In the second lap, Albert bridged up to the break, only to go down again.

Up front, Albert’s teammate Radomir Simunek took the lead from Zlamalik. As the rain turned the course into a mudslide, both Nys and Pauwels crashed and had to fight back from outside the top 20.


Niels Albert takes a SuperPrestige win in Hoogstraten. ©Bart Hazen

Albert would rejoin the break and the World Champion didn’t wait for the chasing Nys and immediately attacked with Stybar following.

Albert dropped Stybar on the hilly course, holding a ten second lead  Despite a gap of 40 seconds behind Albert, Nys moved from the back to battle for third place with Vantornout, Pauwels, Simunek, Gerben de Knegt (Rabobank) and Erwin Vervecken (Fidea).

Going into the penultimate lap, Albert held his ten second lead on Stybar and put in a flawless finish. Nys proved to be the strongest of the rest and dropped his companions for third place.

With this win, Albert took the overall Superprestige lead from Nys, with Stybar following in third.  Albert’s position is tenuous, as Nys is behind by one point and Stybar by two.

The next Superprestige race will be on November 15 in Asper-Gavere, Belgium.

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Full Results:

Rank Name Nat. Age* Result PaR
1 Niels ALBERT BEL 24 1:03:36 60
2 Zdenek STYBAR CZE 25 1:03:52 40
3 Sven NYS BEL 34 1:04:48 30
4 Kevin PAUWELS BEL 26 1:05:04 25
5 Klaas VANTORNOUT BEL 28 1:05:24 20
6 Gerben DE KNEGT NED 35 1:05:34 18
7 Radomir SIMUNEK CZE 27 1:05:58 16
8 Erwin VERVECKEN BEL 38 1:06:08 14
9 Bart AERNOUTS BEL 28 1:06:09 12
10 Dieter VANTHOURENHOUT BEL 25 1:06:09 10
11 Rob PEETERS BEL 25 1:06:22 8
12 Jan VERSTRAETEN BEL 32 1:06:42 6
13 Wilant VAN GILS NED 31 1:06:49 4
14 Thijs VAN AMERONGEN NED 24 1:06:49 2
15 Martin ZLAMALIK CZE 28 1:06:59 1
16 Philipp WALSLEBEN GER 23 1:07:42
17 Ben BERDEN BEL 35 1:08:10
18 Ian FIELD GBR 24 1:08:27
19 Tom VAN DEN BOSCH BEL 25 1:08:27
20 Quentin BERTHOLET BEL 23 1:08:37
21 Jody CRAWFORTH GBR 30 1:08:44
22 Marco BIANCO ITA 28 1:08:53
23 Tim VAN NUFFEL BEL 29 1:09:25
24 Gusty BAUSCH LUX 30
25 Marek CICHOSZ POL 31
26 Zoltan TISZA HUN 43