Albert on top in Leuven

Pauwels bests Nys for runner-up

World Champion Niels Albert showed his stripes with a dominant performance in the C1 'cross in Leuven. The BKCP-Powerplus rider stormed away from the field in the second lap and soloed to the win by almost a minute over Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) and Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet).

As Albert put on his one-man show, Pauwels emerged alone from the chasing group about halfway through the race, but never threatened the lead of Albert.

Nys, who suffered a slow start, eventually put the rest behind him in pursuit of the podium, beating out the Telenet-Fidea riders Rob Peeters and Tom Meeusen.

The only bit of drama in the race was a frightening face-plant by Bart Wellens on the barriers. The former world champion stood dazed for a moment, but despite having pain in his head and neck he continued, finishing in 10th place.

Full Results

1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:59:15 
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:00:30 
3Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:00:52 
4Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:54 
5Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:58 
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team  
7Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus  
8Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
9Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:06 
10Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:12 
11Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:19 
12Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:37 
13Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:01:41 
14Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:54 
15Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:11 
16Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube0:02:25 
17Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:02:45 
18Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:02:53 
19Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:02:58 
20Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:03:10 
21Jonathan Page (USA)  
22Wout van Aert (Bel) Telenet-Fidea0:03:15 
23Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL  
24Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:03:37 
25Diether Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL  
26Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL0:04:40 
27Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:04:58 
28Toon Aerts (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL0:05:15 
29Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet-Fidea  
30Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea  
31Bart De Vocht (Bel)0:06:25 
32 (-1 lap)Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea  
33Patrick Gaudy (Bel)  
34Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
35Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea  
36 (-2 laps)Hendrik Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL  
37Davy Commeyne (Bel)  
38 (-3 laps)Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel)  
39Berne Vankeirsbilck (Bel)  
40Aaron Schooler (Can) Norco Bicycles - SRI Importing  
41Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel)  
42 (-4 laps)Niels Koyen (Bel)  
43Lorenzo Pepermans (Bel)  
44Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution Bicycles  
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