Nys shakes off Stybar to win Grote Prijs Sven Nys

Belgian takes overall lead in series as Pauwels falters

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) won the GP Sven Nys in his hometown Baal for the tenth time in his career, beating world champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) in an exciting duel. After six rounds Nys becomes the new overall leader of the GvA Trophy, pushing back Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) into second place.

“This feels great because it wasn't a pleasure to ride out there in the cold. I had to push it to the limit to win today and that wasn't easy.

"Technically Stybar is so skillful and I had to throw all my cards on the table to get past him. Today I won thanks to my strength and experience. I'm happy, also for the people who came out to support me today,” Nys said on Sporza TV.

The conditions in Baal were tough, with icy water covering most of the 2,750 metre-long course. During the first lap Lars Boom (Rabobank) powered forward but the Dutch champion abandoned after falling on a fast descent while leading the race.

Stybar and Pauwels took over while Nys was riding outside the top 10. Nys surged forward to the front of the race during the second lap and grabbed the three bonus points ahead of Stybar (2) and Pauwels (1).

“If there wouldn't have been three points at stake I would've taken more time to move up. These are busy racing days and I'm beginning to feel that,” Nys said.

The duo of Nys and Stybar worked together to hold off the return from Albert, who needed more time than Nys to move up and come back.

“Then I started to make mistakes. I wasn't having the legs to start a duel with Nys anyway. It was no use to persist,” Albert said.

“There were other races where I suffered more from the cold so today was quite alright,” Albert said.

Despite several accelerations Nys and Stybar raced together into the last lap in which the Czech was able to hold the lead when storming up the climb. “I wanted to make sure I was leading on the climb but Stybar didn't allow it,” Nys said.

Stybar stormed back down the climb and seemed to have the best position to start the sprint. Suddenly Nys moved passed Stybar before tackling a 180 degree corner. “I was riding in a bad track. I was shocked to see Nys pass me. That's probably why I made a small mistake in the corner too,” Stybar said.

Nys was delighted with his tenth victory in Baal while Stybar seemed to be pleased with his performance too. Albert rounded out the podium at more than a minute from Nys.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:57:01 
2Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:10 
3Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:01:21 
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:33 
5Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:46 
6Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor0:01:58 
7Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:02 
8Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:04 
9Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus0:02:15 
10Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Rendement Hypo Cycling Team0:02:32 
11Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:40 
12Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS0:02:43 
13Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus0:02:52 
14Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike0:03:03 
15Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:03:33 
16Kenneth van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:03:50 
17Davy Commeyne (Bel)0:04:02 
18Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:04:23 
19Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:04:46 
20Tom van den Bosch (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team0:05:09 
21Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa)  
22Patrick Gaudy (Bel)0:05:50 
23Stijn Huys (Bel)0:06:13 
24Kevin Cant (Bel)0:06:30 
25Ben Berden (Bel) Qin Cycling Team0:06:38 
26Jan Verstraete (Bel)0:06:42 
27Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Van Goethem - Prorace0:06:59 
28Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:07:05 
29Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:07:18 
30 (-1 lap)Bart Hofman (Bel)  
31 (-2 laps)Irasola Garcia (Spa)  
32Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder  
33Mark Lalonde (USA) Specialized  
34 (-3 laps)Kristof Zegers (Bel)  
Belgacom Snelste Ronde:
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:07:46 
2Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:07:59 
3Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:08:00 
Tussenspurt:
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet3 pts
2Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team2 
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team1 
Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee Veldrijden classification after 6 rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet130 pts
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team121 
3Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team113 
4Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus99 
5Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team97 
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor93 
7Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team71 
8Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team61 
9Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus59 
10Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team54 
11Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team49 
12Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus42 
13Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor42 
14Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus32 
15Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Rendement Hypo Cycling Team31 
16Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS28 
17Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team24 
18Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike21 
19Tom van den Bosch (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team20 
20Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team17 
21Radomír Šimunek Ml (Cze)16 
22Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team16 
23Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor15 
24Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team14 
25Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ13 
26Kenneth van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Revor12 
27Lars Boom (Ned)10 
28Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team9 
29Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles8 
30Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team8 
31Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 937 
32Marco Bianco (Ita)6 
33Davy Commeyne (Bel)4 
34Ben Berden (Bel) Qin Cycling Team3 
35Romain Villa (Fra)2 
36Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing2 
37Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned)1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet14 pts
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team8 
3Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team8 
4Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus2 
5Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team2 
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor2 

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