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December 21, 2013

December 21, Elite Men:

Pauwels wins bpost Bank Trofee Essen

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
December 21, 2013, 15:05 GMT,
Updated:
December 21, 2013, 20:31 GMT

Nys crashes out of lead, but battles back for second over Albert

With an impressive half-race solo ride, Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) captured his second win of the season in just one week time. Pauwels profited from a spectacular crash at the barriers from world champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) who seemed to be heading for an even more impressive solo ride himself.

Despite a possible wrist-injury, Nys reinforced his lead in the overall classification of the bpost Bank Trophy over a struggling Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) by fifteen seconds. Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) received a blow in Essen, and now trails in third place overall at nearly two minutes from Nys.

In the past, Pauwels wasn't regarded as a rider for muddy races but in Essen he showed that he knew how to deal with a heavy course. "After today I can say that. There was quite a bit of running indeed. I rode very good - as good as last week - but if Sven hadn't crashed it would have been a different race. I didn't hop the barriers as I lacked speed when doing so. Hopefully I'll recover in time for the World Cup in Namur," Pauwels told Sporza.

Despite recent rain, the new course at the Essen railway station wasn't as soaked as the old course would have been in similar weather conditions. Nevertheless, there were still some mud running sections included during the fourth round of the bpost bank Trophy cyclo-cross series. Coming into the fourth round of the series Nys held a 50 seconds lead over Albert and 18 seconds more over Vantornout. More rain and strong winds would make it a tough race on Saturday afternoon.

Pauwels took the best start in Essen but he quickly faded back. Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink/Leontien.nl) took the initiative and grabbed the five bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint after one and a half laps. Radomir Simunek (Kwadro-Stannah) was second (3s) just ahead of Nys (1s).

At that moment Niels Albert was still recovering from another missed start. "Well, Van Amerongen made a false start and I was caught by surprise as everybody else started too," Albert said. Nys didn't wait for Albert to gain back ground and led the pack through the second lap, and then left everybody behind in the third lap.

By the end of the fourth lap Nys had a gap of 15 seconds on the first chase group with Albert trailing by another five seconds. Half a lap later things turned around. Just like every other lap Nys bunny hopped the planks, but slipped off his line and crashed into the fencing.

While Nys was licking his wounds, Pauwels and the rest of the former chase group blasted by the world champion. "I slightly lost balance and moved a bit to the right. I could not avoid the fencing and went over the handlebars. It was a big blow. My chances to win the race vanished," Nys said.

Pauwels realized it was the ideal moment to play his card. By the end of the tumultuous lap Pauwels led by 10 seconds over a struggling Stybar, while a large group was 16 seconds down on the leader; Nys was alone at 24 seconds.

Lap after lap Pauwels added to his lead and he headed for an impressive win. Behind him, Nys clearly struggled with his right wrist whilst fighting his way back towards the podium. "I tried to recover and then get back in the race while keeping an eye on Niels. I felt great but made a crucial mistake," Nys said.

During the seventh lap an already bruised Meeusen crashed away from the front while riding in second position. Van Amerongen and Jim Aernouts found themselves in podium positions with Nys, Albert and Rob Peeters on their heels when hitting the final lap.

With a late acceleration Nys easily took second place. Albert held off young Jim Aernouts, Van Amerongen and Peeters for the final podium spot. Popular Stybar saluted the crowd little later as he landed seventh place. "It's my first cyclo-cross after four weeks of training," Stybar said. "The last lap I struggled a lot. The course didn't favour me as my technique is pretty bad. I wasted a lot of energy. I did hop the barriers when nobody rode in front of me."

The next round in the Bpost bank Trophy cyclo-cross series is held on December 27 in Loenhout. As Pauwels pointed out straight after his victory the riders now head for Namur in the sourth of Belgium to tackle the fourth round in the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup, these series are led by Lars van der Haar who skipped the race in Essen.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 1:01:48  
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:00:28  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:00:34  
4 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:36  
5 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:00:38  
6 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:41  
7 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:00:47  
8 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:54  
9 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:04  
10 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:10  
11 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:21  
12 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:58  
13 Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex 0:02:01  
14 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:06  
15 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:12  
16 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:02:42  
17 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team    
18 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:04  
19 Patrick Gaudy (Bel) The Barracuda Company 0:03:15  
20 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:03:20  
21 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist 0:03:29  
22 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:04:00  
23 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:04:04  
24 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 0:04:11  
25 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:04:20  
26 Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Coolens Cycling Team 0:04:29  
27 Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Team Thielemans-Van Cauter 0:04:30  
28 Stef Boden (Bel) Melbotech Cycling Team 0:05:01  
29 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:05:19  
30 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team    
31 Bart Hofman (Bel) Afdeling Oost-Vlaanderen WBV - VZW 0:06:00  
32 Kevin Cant (Bel) Primator Cyclingteam 0:06:34  
33 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team    
34 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team    
35 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team    
36 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch    
37 Niels Koyen (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team    
38 Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel)    
39 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles    
40 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
41 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team    
42 Alexander Revell (NZl)    
43 Wouter Goosen (Bel) Zannata Cycling Team    
44 Angus Edmond (NZl)    
Intermediate sprint
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 3  pts
2 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 2  
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 1  
Fastest Lap
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:06:38  
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:06:40  
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:06:42  
Klassement bpost bank trofee
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 3:57:46  
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:01:06  
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:59  
4 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:02:44  
5 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:39  
6 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:03:50  
7 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:04:35  
8 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:05:22  
9 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:05:23  
10 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:05:26  
11 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:06:30  
12 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:08:17  
13 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:08:29  
14 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:08:39  
15 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:10:13  
16 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:10:41  
17 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:11:43  
18 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:11:46  
19 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:12:08  
20 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:12:42  
21 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:12:59  
22 Patrick Gaudy (Bel) The Barracuda Company 0:13:04  
23 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:13:13  
24 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:13:44  
25 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:14:00  
26 Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex 0:14:50  
27 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:14:52  
28 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:16:01  
29 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 0:16:08  
30 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:16:22  
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 4  pts
2 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team    
3 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles    
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team    
5 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 3  pts
6 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team    
7 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus    
8 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 2  pts
9 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team    
10 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 1