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January 22, Elite Men: Hoogerheide

Pauwels wins in Hoogerheide to secure World Cup

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
January 22, 2012, 15:40 GMT,
Updated:
January 22, 2012, 18:37 GMT

Nys fails to challenge in sixth

Kevin Pauwels takes the World Cup overall in Hoogerheide

Kevin Pauwels takes the World Cup overall in Hoogerheide

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Belgian Kevin Pauwels continued his surge to the top of the cyclo-cross scene, taking home his first World Cup overall victory by winning his fourth round of the season in Hoogerheide. The Sunweb-Revor rider sped away from reigning World Champion Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) and his own teammate Klaas Vantornout in the final laps to win by a comfortable margin.

It's the first-ever overall win for Pauwels in one of the major cyclo-cross series.

"This means a lot to me," Pauwels said. The 27 year-old Belgian isn't a man of the big words and that didn't change after this major achievement. "I'm pleased it is the World Cup that I win because the races are not only in Belgium."

Pauwels came into the race 20 points ahead of Belgian champion Sven Nys, and the Belgian champion would have had to win and relegate Pauwels to fourth in order to claim the World Cup title.

The possibility sparked a tactical battle between the season's two main protagonists. Nys claimed the hole shot, but from there Nys didn't take the initiative and Pauwels camped on his rear wheel.

A first acceleration from Vantornout, Francis Mourey (FDJ-Big Mat) and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) was allowed some distance. A second acceleration from Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) was answered by Nys and Pauwels, with Stybar following little later. The trio caught up with the leaders and once more there a cease-fire up front that allowed nine men to amass at the front of the race.

"That wasn't a good situation for me," Pauwels said.

An attack by Vantornout and Meeusen put a gap on the big guns, but at the end of the lap an attack by Stybar neutralized their lead, setting up Pauwels for a counter-attack.

"When Stybar attacked I went for it. Already during the first lap I knew that Sven Nys wasn't good because he would've been closer on my wheel. Once we hit the road and Nys wasn't there I knew for sure that he wasn't good," Pauwels said. From there he never looked back to get some support and set a high pace.

Together with Vantornout, Stybar and Meeusen there were four leaders although Meeusen quickly dropped back. "I blew up but that doesn't matter because I was one of the few riders who went full gas during a race on Saturday," Meeusen told Cyclingnews. The three remaining leaders kept Albert at a short distance while Nys lost fifteen seconds per lap. "It didn't go well although I tried my best. I can't say much about it. Yesterday I rode a race so maybe that's the reason," Nys said.

With the overall win in the World Cup seemingly in the pocket, Pauwels started flying and halfway through the penultimate lap he powered away from Stybar. "Actually I was a bit too confident in the last lap. When running I had a side stitch, and they gained time back on me," Pauwels said.

In the end Pauwels easily stood tall and grabbed his fourth World Cup win of the season. Behind him Stybar held off Vantornout for second place. "I wasn't as good as last week in Liévin but that's probably because I trained hard this week. Kevin is the well-deserved winner, not only today but in the whole World Cup," Stybar said.

Third-placed Vantornout was a happy man at the finish line after supporting his teammate to the race win and overall World Cup victory. "It's fantastic what we did today. I did my job today and Kevin finished it to perfection," Vantornout said.

Half a minute later Albert rolled in as fourth, just ahead of Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) and Nys. The presence of Peeters in the top five was a surprise since he had a disastrous start and came through in 46th position. From there he steadily moved up and at the halfway point he moved into the top 10. At the finish line he sprinted faster than Nys and Meeusen to a great fifth place. "I didn't want to crash and took it easy early on. I had a super day and hopefully I'll have that again next Sunday," Peeters said.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 1:02:01  
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:08  
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:00:14  
4 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:00:35  
5 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:38  
6 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:39  
7 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:41  
8 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:57  
9 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:06  
10 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:01:18  
11 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 0:01:23  
12 Aurelien Duval (Fra) U.V.Aube 0:01:49  
13 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus    
14 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:02:11  
15 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:02:25  
16 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:02:32  
17 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb - Racing 0:02:33  
18 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:02:42  
19 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:02:47  
20 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke 0:03:00  
21 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team 0:03:11  
22 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 0:03:13  
23 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 0:03:24  
24 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:03:33  
25 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team 0:03:35  
26 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:03:42  
27 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:03:43  
28 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:46  
29 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus    
30 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Kdl Trans 0:03:47  
31 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:03:58  
32 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team 0:04:01  
33 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi 0:04:05  
34 Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized 0:04:15  
35 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool - Author 0:04:24  
36 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 0:04:31  
37 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:04:35  
38 Clément Bourgoin (Fra) 0:04:38  
39 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:04:40  
40 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:04:50  
41 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 0:04:56  
42 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 0:05:36  
43 Ryan Trebon (USA) Lts / Felt 0:05:42  
44 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:05:53  
45 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 0:06:16  
46 (-1 lap) Gusty Bausch (Lux)    
47 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa)    
48 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha Focus    
49 Sascha Weber (Ger)    
50 Christian Helmig (Lux)    
51 (-2 laps) Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)    
52 (-3 laps) Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team    
53 Craig Richey (Can)    
54 Joachim Parbo (Den)    
55 Lewis Rattray (Aus)    
56 (-4 laps) Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor    
57 (-5 laps) David Quist (Nor)    
Elite Men World Cup final standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 590  pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 540  
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 525  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 450  
5 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 373  
6 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 363  
7 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 360  
8 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 319  
9 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 306  
10 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 300  
11 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 290  
12 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 267  
13 Simon Zahner (Swi) 250  
14 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 249  
15 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team 249  
16 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 247  
17 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 228  
18 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 222  
19 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb - Racing 219  
20 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 211  
21 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93 187  
22 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 182  
23 Aurelien Duval (Fra) 174  
24 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 168  
25 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 161  
26 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke 160  
27 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus 156  
28 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi 146  
29 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Kdl Trans 145  
30 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team 139  
31 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 139  
32 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 135  
33 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 134  
34 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 130  
35 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 122  
36 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 118  
37 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 115  
38 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 101  
39 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 100  
40 Marco Bianco (Ita) 96  
41 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool - Author 95  
42 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 89  
43 Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized 86  
44 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 73  
45 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 71  
46 David Kasek (Cze) 66  
47 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) 63  
48 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team 62  
49 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 60  
50 Sascha Weber (Ger) 59  
51 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 49  
52 Clément Bourgoin (Fra) 48  
53 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 46  
54 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 42  
55 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 42  
56 Ryan Trebon (USA) Lts / Felt 37  
57 Karel Hnik (Cze) 37  
58 Marco Ponta (Ita) 30  
59 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 29  
60 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Kdl Trans 27  
61 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) 26  
62 Martin Haring (Svk) 25  
63 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 24  
64 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 23  
65 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 21  
66 Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team 19  
67 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb - Revor 19  
68 Craig Richey (Can) 19  
69 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 19  
70 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) 18  
71 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) 18  
72 Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Spa) 18  
73 Fabio Ursi (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 18  
74 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) 18  
75 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa) 17  
76 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 17  
77 Jeremy Durrin (USA) 16  
78 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 16  
79 Joachim Parbo (Den) 14  
80 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 14  
81 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 12  
82 René Lang (Swi) 12  
83 Melvin Rulliere (Fra) 11  
84 Nico Brüngger (Swi) 11  
85 Ole Quast (Ger) 10  
86 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 9  
87 Marek Cichosz (Pol) 6  
88 Gusty Bausch (Lux) 5  
89 Yannick Mayer (Ger) 5  
90 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha Focus 3  
91 Ludovic Renard (Fra) 3  
92 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) 3  
93 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 2  
94 Christian Helmig (Lux) 1