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January 1 2014

January 1, Elite Men:

Nys claims first victory on new Trek

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
January 1, 15:08,
Updated:
January 1, 19:07

World champion wins eponymous race over Stybar, Albert

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) gives his Trek some love

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) gives his Trek some love

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In front of massive crowds, home rider and world champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) kicked off the New Year with a very convincing victory in his eponymous GP Sven Nys, in Baal, Belgium. In dry weather conditions Nys outclassed his rivals with a race-long solo ride on his brand new Trek during the sixth round of the Bpost Bank cyclo-cross trophy.

"It's my twelfth victory here but it was certainly not the easiest of all. I was very nervous to debute my new bike in front of these big crowds who all came out to see me ride. Even when I was leading by fifty seconds I was making mistakes because I was nervous," Nys told Sporza.

In recent races Nys has been opting to take control of the race right from the start. At first Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) was able to come back - on Nys' old Colnago bike - but he got dropped in the third lap. "I think he sort of let me come back. On the long climb there was no way to keep up," Peeters said after his first race in new team colours.

Nys put in about ten seconds on his rivals in each lap, making things look easy. A minor mistake in the last lap did not take much away from his lead, and Nys crossed the finish line with his new Trek Boone 9 bike raised in the air and giving it a welcome kiss.

Czech champion Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) rode a solid race and finished as runner-up at 51 seconds from winner Nys, 6 seconds ahead of Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus). For Stybar it was his last of six cyclo-cross races in Belgium. There's still a chance he'll ride the cyclo-cross world championships but that will be a list-minute decision Stybar said. "I had my best legs of the six races today. I lose a lot of energy to move up in the start. I need two laps to recover from that. After the exhibition of Sven Nys my second place feels like a victory. It's his championships race here and he's in top form," Stybar said.

Nys also picked up 15 bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint in the second lap with Albert taking none. In the overall standings of the Bpost Bank cyclo-cross trophy Nys extended his lead over Albert to 2:57. With only two rounds on fast courses left, the overall win for Nys seems more than secured.

Albert only got going during the second half of the race. He closed the gap to Peeters with Stybar on his wheel. One lap later Stybar attacked, leaving Peeters and Albert behind. In the last lap Albert easily got rid of Peeters. "I got off to a reasonable start, riding in seventh position but Nys simply attacked from the front. There's not much you can do against him. I did my own thing and tried to get on the podium. Maybe I should not have been so flabbily but I'm satisfied about how things unfolded," Albert said.

Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) struggled with illness, broke his seat post and abandoned the race. Vantornout loses five minutes and tumbles from third to a distant seventh place in the overall standings one week before he has to defend his Belgian title in Waregem. Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink-Leontien.nl) is now third overall, 6:38 distant from leader Nys.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Cycling Team 1:03:39  
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:51  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:00:57  
4 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:01:10  
5 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:39  
6 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:01:55  
7 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:02:22  
8 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team    
9 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:27  
10 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:03:10  
11 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:03:24  
12 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:03:34  
13 Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace 0:03:41  
14 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb–Napoleon Games 0:04:14  
15 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Cycling Team 0:04:24  
16 Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:04:35  
17 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:04:44  
18 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:05:02  
19 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist 0:05:15  
20 Arnaud Grand (Sui) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:06:05  
21 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:06:18  
22 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:07:04  
23 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team 0:07:15  
24 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:08:05  
25 (-1 lap) Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Coolens Cycling Team    
26 (-2 laps) Kevin Cant (Bel) Primator Cyclingteam    
27 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team    
28 Niels Koyen (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team    
29 (-3 laps) Alexander Revell (NZl)    
30 (-4 laps) Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team    
31 Edmond Angus (NZl    
32 (-5 laps) James Spragg (GBr) Team Bergamont Bicycles by BMC Group    
DNF Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team    
DNF Bart Verschueren (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team    
DNF Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Kwadro-Stannah    
DNF Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team    
DNF Davy Commeyne (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty Cycling Team    
DNF Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut    
DNS Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team    
DNS Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus    
DNS Patrick Gaudy (Bel) The Barracuda Company    
DNS Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles    
DNS Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team    
DNS Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block    
Belgacom snelste ronde:
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Cycling Team 0:07:46  
2 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:07:46  
3 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:07:51  
Tussenspurt:
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Cycling Team 15  pts
2 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 10  
3 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 5  
BPost Bank Trofee standings after 6 races
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Cycling Team 6:02:27  
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:02:57  
3 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:06:38  
4 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:07:27  
5 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:07:51  
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:08:29  
7 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:08:32  
8 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:09:11  
9 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:13:25  
10 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:14:47  
11 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Kwadro-Stannah 0:15:10  
12 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:15:35  
13 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:15:44  
14 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:16:54  
15 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:17:16  
16 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:18:20  
17 Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace 0:18:21  
18 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:19:42  
19 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:20:57  
20 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:21:59  
21 Patrick Gaudy (Bel) The Barracuda Company 0:22:15  
22 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Cycling Team 0:22:27  
23 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:22:36  
24 Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex 0:22:48  
25 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb–Napoleon Games 0:23:17  
26 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:23:30  
27 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:24:50  
28 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:24:59  
29 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 0:26:58  
30 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:27:03  
Klassement tussenspurt
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 7  pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Cycling Team 5  
3 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 4  
4 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team    
5 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles    
6 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team    
7 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team    
8 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 3  pts
9 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team    
10 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 2  pts
11 Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace 1  

For more about this week's racing see Cycling News HD

Manuel Schoel 9 months ago
Stybar is crazy. He just started with his training for the roadseason and comes in three times on the podium in six races. If that is "out of form" I'm pumped to see him crush the likes of Sagan and Cancellara in april.
Eric Blais 9 months ago
Crush, like he did in Roubaix, lost Cancelerra wheels for 5 second and never was able to close the Gap. He is a great rider, but not a Cancellera or Sagan. On another note, Nys Disk brakes. They are here to stay.
Bigalx 9 months ago
A poor example. Sagan lost Fabian's wheel for less than that at Flanders and was not able to come back. In fact I haven't seen anyone come back once they have lost his wheel!
JantonStentenan 9 months ago
Thank you Bigalx. This Eric Bias guy doesn't like people comparing Stybar to Cancellara but then goes ahead and compares Sagan to him. What a tool. Stybar is one of the great cyclocrossers of our generation. Truely a hard man of the sport. Sagan hasn't proven himself to be the same as of yet. So we should be chastising you Eric for your comparison as it is not warranted.
Manuel Schoel 9 months ago
He has the potential to do it. If you remember he got the best out of Gilbert during the Vuelta and also won Eneco. But if Boonen is healthy he has to support his captain. Either way, Omega-Pharma has more than one weapon for the cobbles.
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kevinzamora 9 months ago
Nice victory for Nys and all, but for me the story of the day was Stybar's! He just raced 4 days in a row, rested 1 and then came up beating the likes of Albert and finishing second?? He's a beast! Just hope this helps his classics campaign training instead of burn him out!
jmdirt 9 months ago
The intensity is good, but the one hour blasts aren't going to help him in six hour spring classics. Plus, while he is training for CX the other boys of spring are training for road (there is no way that he is doing LSD and riding like this in CX). He is a beast for sure though!
Mark Bittman 9 months ago
The headline had it right ending in a question mark. Stybar would have made it hard for Nys to win if he hadn't been racing up to this point. Trek and the marketing machine would never let Nys ride as many races as Stybar on the first ride on his new bike. Then we would all be saying that trek bikes should not be in cyclecross. Gotta remember, it is the athlete and not the bike. Nys has won here before so it is no big deal, just marketing.
Ron497 9 months ago
I think I'd rather finish 3rd and be on a Colnago than finish first on a Trek. Tough new kit for Peeters as well. A second from ZS just shows how classy of a rider he is, only 6 races and he is second best to Baal's Cannibal. Crazy.