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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #7 2012

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January 15, 2012

January 15, Elite men:

Stybar solos to first World Cup win of season

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
January 15, 2012, 15:10 GMT,
Updated:
January 15, 2012, 18:41 GMT

Last lap mishap costs Pauwels shot at victory

Elite men's winner Zdenek Stybar hoists his Specialized bike aloft at the finish.

Elite men's winner Zdenek Stybar hoists his Specialized bike aloft at the finish.

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World champion Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) claimed his first World Cup victory this season with a win in Liévin, a town near Lens in the north of France. On a fast course with a mixture of a frozen subsoil and a muddy top layer Stybar excelled on his pink bike in the penultimate World Cup round.

"I came to France to train. I wasn't focused and even showed up too late at the start but still I managed to win," Stybar said.

The leading duo of Stybar and Pauwels seemed destined to sprint it out for victory, just as they had done in the Zolder World Cup, until disaster struck Pauwels on the final lap. The World Cup leader stumbled, then face-planted on the stairs enabling Stybar to ride away for the race win.

"Pauwels fell on the stairs and that probably was my luck. I don't know if I would've been able to beat him otherwise although I saw him suffering on the bike; it's hard to tell," Stybar said.

For Pauwels his second place was enough as consolation for his crash. "I came to Liévin to finish ahead of Nys and that succeeded. I thought Stybar wanted to ride away on the stairs and that's why I probably arrived there too fast and stumbled; it's a pity," Pauwels said. "Stybar was slightly better. He could not shake me off but more than following wasn't possible for me. Together with Nys he's the top favorite for the world championships to me."

In the World Cup standings Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) extended his lead over Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) from 10 to 20 points. Next week at the last World Cup round in Hoogerheide, Pauwels needs to finish in the top-four if Nys wins the race in order to claim the overall win in the World Cup.

Winning move forms early on blazing fast parcours

During the second lap Pauwels accelerated and only Philip Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) and teammate Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus) were able to keep up with the World Cup leader. Walsleben was dropped on the third lap and his spot was taken by Stybar who bridged the gap of 10 seconds to the leaders on his own.

The situation remained the same for most of the race until Stybar accelerated during the eighth of eleven laps, when the nine-man chase group was more than 40 seconds down on the leaders. Simunek couldn't remain in contact with Pauwels and Stybar, but he held off the chasers to finish on the podium in third place. "I'm very happy with this podium place. It's been ages since I did that in a big race. Stybar and Pauwels were too strong with Stybar looking slightly better. If he pulled I was really suffering," Simunek said.

A lackluster start from Belgian champion Nys – runner-up in the World Cup standings - ruined his run for glory but he salvaged his World Cup classification by finishing as best of the rest in fourth. "A wrong tire choice cost me my start which is my own mistake. I was slipping from left to right," Nys said.

Halfway the race the Belgian champion moved up in the chase group and went flat out but one lap later he sat back in the big chase group. "With a different set of tires things improved. I tried to come back on them when the gap was up to twenty seconds but I didn't manage to make the gap smaller. The World Cup isn't over yet. I'll keep fighting for it until the last round next week in Hoogerheide," Nys said.

Behind the main chase group most US-riders featured in an even larger second chase group that rode for thirteenth place. Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) kept the pace high but he lost ground in the last lap. Together with Polish champion Mariusz Gil (Baboco), newly crowned US champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) almost got back on a fading Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) at the finish line.

"I did a really hard lap with three to go. Then Aernouts brought us forward and we caught up with Albert. That's not bad for a week of celebrating and no sleep," Powers said. He finished fifteenth, two spots ahead of Jonathan Page (Planet Bike). The latter was placed well in the first chase group until he got tangled up with another rider late in the race. "I wasn't at ease in that group but figured that guys like Nys and Albert were also suffering. I told myself to hold on until it split but then that guy came up from under me. There was no space… that was retarded," Page said.

Trebon finished at the back of this group in 22nd place. "I had a horrible start in which I missed my pedal. I felt strong, though, and rode a hard tempo. I wanted to move up and if others profit from that… who cares if you finish fifteenth or twentieth," Trebon said.

James Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) was thirtieth at three minutes from the winner. "I didn't make it to that big group. That wasn't bad luck but bad legs. Maybe because we just flew in on Friday," Driscoll said.

Timothy Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) had a great start but crashed hard. "I don't know what happened but I later heard it was Bart Aernouts (Rabobank-Giant Off-road) who caused the crash. I hurt my hip and shoulder. I'm happy with my start though," Johnson said. He pulled out of the race after the second lap.

Full Results
1 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:03:47  
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:00:16  
3 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:30  
4 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:44  
5 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
6 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:00:46  
7 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:47  
8 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 0:00:49  
9 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:53  
10 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl 0:00:55  
11 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:12  
12 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:34  
13 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco    
14 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus 0:01:35  
15 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 0:01:36  
16 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:01:37  
17 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles 0:01:39  
18 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea 0:01:43  
19 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:01:48  
20 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:01:54  
21 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:57  
22 Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt 0:01:58  
23 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti    
24 Aurelien Duval (Fra) U.V.Aube 0:02:23  
25 Clément Bourgoin (Fra) Charvieu Chavagneux I.C. 0:02:34  
26 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:02:45  
27 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:02:54  
28 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 0:02:56  
29 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet - KDL 0:03:02  
30 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:03:03  
31 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Team Big Mat-Auber 93 0:03:16  
32 Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda    
33 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) 0:03:17  
34 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 0:03:18  
35 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool-Author 0:03:22  
36 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:03:42  
37 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:45  
38 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:04:12  
39 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team 0:04:32  
40 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 0:04:43  
41 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:04:47  
42 Martin Haring (Svk) 0:04:52  
43 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:04:54  
44 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea 0:04:55  
45 Thijs Al (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl    
46 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:05:08  
47 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 0:05:54  
48 Ludovic Renard (Fra) VS Chartrain 0:06:13  
49 Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness-Specialized   -3laps  
50 Ondrej Bambula (Cze)    
51 Craig Richey (Can) Renner Custom - Raleigh   -5laps  
52 Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor   -6laps  
53 Lewis Rattray (Aus)    
54 David Quist (Nor)   -7laps  
DNF John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team    
DNF Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles    
DNF Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea    
DNF Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld    
DNF Jeremy Durrin (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC    
DNS Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de    
DNS Milan Barenyi (Svk)    
DNS Robert Glajza (Svk)    
DNS Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittleand-VC Butzberg    
World Cup standings after 7 rounds
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 510 pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 490  
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 455  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 385  
5 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 340  
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 325  
7 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 321  
8 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 282  
9 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 262  
10 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl 250  
11 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 249  
12 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 240  
13 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 234  
14 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco 219  
15 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 215  
16 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 215  
17 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 211  
18 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 190  
19 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Team Big Mat-Auber 93 187  
20 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 185  
21 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 179  
22 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 157  
23 Aurelien Duval (Fra) U.V.Aube 135  
24 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea 135  
25 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus 134  
26 Thijs Al (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl 132  
27 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam de Rijke 129  
28 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea 128  
29 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles 124  
30 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet - KDL 124  
31 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 122  
32 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team 113  
33 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 112  
34 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 106  
35 Marco Bianco (Ita) L´Arcobaleno Carraro Team 96  
36 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 94  
37 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 91  
38 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 88  
39 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool-Author 79  
40 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 78  
41 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 78  
42 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 75  
43 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 71  
44 Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness-Specialized 69  
45 David Kasek (Cze) 66  
46 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 63  
47 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 59  
48 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de 57  
49 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 48  
50 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 43  
51 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team 43  
52 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 42  
53 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 42  
54 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 42  
55 Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet-Fidea 37  
56 Clément Bourgoin (Fra) Charvieu Chavagneux I.C. 35  
57 Marco Ponta (Ita) Esercito 30  
58 Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt 29  
59 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 29  
60 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Landbouwkrediet - KDL 27  
61 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) Amicale Cycliste Bisontin 26  
62 Martin Haring (Svk) 25  
63 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 24  
64 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 23  
65 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Haderslev Starup 21  
66 Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda 19  
67 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor 19  
68 Craig Richey (Can) Renner Custom - Raleigh 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) C.S.Esercito 18  
74 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) 18  
75 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa) 17  
76 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) E.C. St Etienne - Loire 17  
77 Jeremy Durrin (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC 16  
78 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 16  
79 Joachim Parbo (Den) Challenge Tires 14  
80 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 14  
81 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 12  
82 René Lang (Swi) VMC Liestal 12  
83 Melvin Rulliere (Fra) CR Bourgogne 11  
84 Nico Brüngger (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 11  
85 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 10  
86 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet-Fidea 9  
87 Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia-Felt 6  
88 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP 5  
89 Ludovic Renard (Fra) VS Chartrain 3  
90 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Control 3  
91 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet-Fidea 2