Pauwels wins in Hoogerheide to secure World Cup

Nys fails to challenge in sixth

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) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor1:02:01 
2Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:08 
3Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor0:00:14 
4Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:35 
5Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:38 
6Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:39 
7Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:41 
8Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:57 
9Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:06 
10Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:18 
11Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team0:01:23 
12Aurelien Duval (Fra) U.V.Aube0:01:49 
13Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus  
14Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:11 
15Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:25 
16Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:32 
17Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb - Racing0:02:33 
18Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti0:02:42 
19Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:02:47 
20Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke0:03:00 
21Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team0:03:11 
22Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team0:03:13 
23Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com0:03:24 
24Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:03:33 
25Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:35 
26Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:03:42 
27Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles0:03:43 
28Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:46 
29Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus  
30Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Kdl Trans0:03:47 
31Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:03:58 
32Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team0:04:01 
33Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi0:04:05 
34Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized0:04:15 
35Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool - Author0:04:24 
36Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike0:04:31 
37Magnus Darvell (Swe)0:04:35 
38Clément Bourgoin (Fra)0:04:38 
39Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)0:04:40 
40Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:04:50 
41Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)0:04:56 
42Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com0:05:36 
43Ryan Trebon (USA) Lts / Felt0:05:42 
44Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:05:53 
45James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com0:06:16 
46 (-1 lap)Gusty Bausch (Lux)  
47Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa)  
48Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha Focus  
49Sascha Weber (Ger)  
50Christian Helmig (Lux)  
51 (-2 laps)Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)  
52 (-3 laps)Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team  
53Craig Richey (Can)  
54Joachim Parbo (Den)  
55Lewis 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) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor590 pts
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet540 
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep525 
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor450 
5Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea373 
6Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat363 
7Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team360 
8Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat319 
9Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus306 
10Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus300 
11Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team290 
12Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti267 
13Simon Zahner (Swi)250 
14Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea249 
15Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team249 
16Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole247 
17Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus228 
18Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team222 
19Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb - Racing219 
20Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team211 
21Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93187 
22Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus182 
23Aurelien Duval (Fra)174 
24Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet168 
25Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team161 
26Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke160 
27Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus156 
28Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi146 
29Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Kdl Trans145 
30Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team139 
31Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike139 
32Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa)135 
33Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com134 
34Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea130 
35Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)122 
36Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles118 
37Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team115 
38Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team101 
39Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com100 
40Marco Bianco (Ita)96 
41Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool - Author95 
42Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus89 
43Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized86 
44Magnus Darvell (Swe)73 
45Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team71 
46David Kasek (Cze)66 
47Mitchell Huenders (Ned)63 
48Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team62 
49Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)60 
50Sascha Weber (Ger)59 
51James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com49 
52Clément Bourgoin (Fra)48 
53Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa)46 
54John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale42 
55Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti42 
56Ryan Trebon (USA) Lts / Felt37 
57Karel Hnik (Cze)37 
58Marco Ponta (Ita)30 
59José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team29 
60Robert Gavenda (Svk) Kdl Trans27 
61Jérome Chevallier (Fra)26 
62Martin Haring (Svk)25 
63Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)24 
64Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa)23 
65Kenneth Hansen (Den)21 
66Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team19 
67Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb - Revor19 
68Craig Richey (Can)19 
69Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team19 
70Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)18 
71Lubomir Petrus (Cze)18 
72Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Spa)18 
73Fabio Ursi (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.18 
74Ondrej Bambula (Cze)18 
75Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa)17 
76Guillaume Perrot (Fra)17 
77Jeremy Durrin (USA)16 
78Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet16 
79Joachim Parbo (Den)14 
80Milan Barenyi (Svk)14 
81Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea12 
82René Lang (Swi)12 
83Melvin Rulliere (Fra)11 
84Nico Brüngger (Swi)11 
85Ole Quast (Ger)10 
86Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea9 
87Marek Cichosz (Pol)6 
88Gusty Bausch (Lux)5 
89Yannick Mayer (Ger)5 
90Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha Focus3 
91Ludovic Renard (Fra)3 
92Vaclav Metlicka (Svk)3 
93Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea2 
94Christian Helmig (Lux)1 


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