Stybar solos to first World Cup win of season

Last lap mishap costs Pauwels shot at victory

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 ( 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 ( 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
1Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1:03:47 
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:00:16 
3Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus0:00:30 
4Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:44 
5Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:00:46 
7Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:47 
8Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea0:00:49 
9Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:53 
10Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl0:00:55 
11Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:01:12 
12Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:01:34 
13Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco  
14Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus0:01:35 
15Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team0:01:36 
16Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:01:37 
17Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles0:01:39 
18Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea0:01:43 
19Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:48 
20Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:01:54 
21Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus0:01:57 
22Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt0:01:58 
23Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti  
24Aurelien Duval (Fra) U.V.Aube0:02:23 
25Clément Bourgoin (Fra) Charvieu Chavagneux I.C.0:02:34 
26Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:02:45 
27Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus0:02:54 
28Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)0:02:56 
29Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet - KDL0:03:02 
30James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:03:03 
31Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Team Big Mat-Auber 930:03:16 
32Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda  
33Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)0:03:17 
34Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa)0:03:18 
35Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool-Author0:03:22 
36Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:03:42 
37Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:45 
38Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)0:04:12 
39Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team0:04:32 
40Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:04:43 
41Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:04:47 
42Martin Haring (Svk)0:04:52 
43Magnus Darvell (Swe)0:04:54 
44Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea0:04:55 
45Thijs Al (Ned) Team AA  
46Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:05:08 
47Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team0:05:54 
48Ludovic Renard (Fra) VS Chartrain0:06:13 
49Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness-Specialized  -3laps 
50Ondrej Bambula (Cze)  
51Craig Richey (Can) Renner Custom - Raleigh  -5laps 
52Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor  -6laps 
53Lewis Rattray (Aus)  
54David Quist (Nor)  -7laps 
DNFJohn Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFGerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team  
DNFIan Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles  
DNFTom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea  
DNFTimothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld  
DNFJeremy Durrin (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC  
DNSSascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange -  
DNSMilan Barenyi (Svk)  
DNSRobert Glajza (Svk)  
DNSAndreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittleand-VC Butzberg  
World Cup standings after 7 rounds
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor510pts
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet490 
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step455 
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor385 
5Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team340 
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea325 
7Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat321 
8Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat282 
9Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus262 
10Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl250 
11Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea249 
12Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus240 
13Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti234 
14Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco219 
15Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team215 
16Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team215 
17Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole211 
18Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus190 
19Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Team Big Mat-Auber 93187 
20Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing185 
21Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team179 
22Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus157 
23Aurelien Duval (Fra) U.V.Aube135 
24Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea135 
25Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus134 
26Thijs Al (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl132 
27Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam de Rijke129 
28Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea128 
29Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles124 
30Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet - KDL124 
31Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet122 
32Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team113 
33Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)112 
34Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld106 
35Marco Bianco (Ita) L´Arcobaleno Carraro Team96 
36Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles94 
37Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld91 
38Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team88 
39Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool-Author79 
40Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus78 
41Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team78 
42Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea75 
43Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank71 
44Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness-Specialized69 
45David Kasek (Cze)66 
46Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels63 
47Magnus Darvell (Swe)59 
48Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de57 
49Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)48 
50James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld43 
51Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team43 
52John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale42 
53Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti42 
54Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa)42 
55Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet-Fidea37 
56Clément Bourgoin (Fra) Charvieu Chavagneux I.C.35 
57Marco Ponta (Ita) Esercito30 
58Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt29 
59José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team29 
60Robert Gavenda (Svk) Landbouwkrediet - KDL27 
61Jérome Chevallier (Fra) Amicale Cycliste Bisontin26 
62Martin Haring (Svk)25 
63Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)24 
64Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa)23 
65Kenneth Hansen (Den) Haderslev Starup21 
66Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda19 
67Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor19 
68Craig Richey (Can) Renner Custom - Raleigh19 
69Eddy Van IJzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team19 
70Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)18 
71Lubomir Petrus (Cze)18 
72Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Spa)18 
73Fabio Ursi (Ita) C.S.Esercito18 
74Ondrej Bambula (Cze)18 
75Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa)17 
76Guillaume Perrot (Fra) E.C. St Etienne - Loire17 
77Jeremy Durrin (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC16 
78Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet16 
79Joachim Parbo (Den) Challenge Tires14 
80Milan Barenyi (Svk)14 
81Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea12 
82René Lang (Swi) VMC Liestal12 
83Melvin Rulliere (Fra) CR Bourgogne11 
84Nico Brüngger (Swi) EKZ Racing Team11 
85Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team10 
86Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet-Fidea9 
87Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia-Felt6 
88Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP5 
89Ludovic Renard (Fra) VS Chartrain3 
90Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Control3 
91Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet-Fidea2 

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