Nys wins ahead of Pauwels, Wellens & Stybar

Page secures a top ten place for USA

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) beat all his main rivals in a muddy edition of the GP Sven Nys, in his hometown Baal. In his new light-green kit Nys ploughed away from his last rival Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) in the second of seven laps and he completed a long solo ride in front of his home crowd. It was Nys’ eleventh win in his home race.

“For an entire hour I had goose bumps. It’s been a few years since I dominated like this but I came out of the Christmas week very well and the whole town was standing behind me, united as one,” Nys said on tv-channel Sporza.

After taking it easy in the final laps Nys had a 45 second gap on a well-performing Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor). The latter extended his lead over world champion Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) in the Gazet van Antwerpen Trophy during this sixth round on New Year’s Day.

“I didn’t expect to finish ahead of Stybar on a course like this,” Pauwels said. Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) was the surprising name on the podium since top guns Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) and Stybar performed below par in Baal. The latter showed up in Baal with a new pink bike from Specialized, a pink helmet and the new team kit from Omega Pharma-Quickstep. Stybar had a super-fast start, then dropped back into eighth position halfway in race but the Czech fought back to finish fourth on the line.

“Maybe I started too fast but I was motivated to show off my new shirt and bike. Then I lost a lot of ground in two laps,” Stybar said.

The battle for second place was the most interesting to watch. Vantornout, Pauwels, Wellens and Albert rode together in the first chase group until the fifth lap. Then Albert cracked, Wellens punctured out of the group and during the penultimate lap Vantornout lost ground too. The tall Belgian struggled while running and he was passed by Wellens.

“Before that I flatted but tried to follow Pauwels and Vantornout which cost a lot of energy; I shouldn’t have done that,” Wellens said.

“Suddenly I saw Vantornout standing there and I realized that everybody can run into problems.”

Stybar profited from Albert and Vantornout during their difficult last laps and he blasted past them. “In the end I started going better and suddenly I realized that fourth place was still an option so I went full gas for that,” Stybar said.

One by one the mud-clad riders rolled towards the finish line. Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) was fifth ahead of Albert, Sven Vanthourenhout (Landbouwkrediet), Bart Aernouts (Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team). Vantornout eventually came home in a disappointing ninth place. Jonathan Page (Planetbike) showed off his best performance of the season. By sprinting ahead of Martin Zlamalik (KDL-Trans) at the finish he completed the top-10 in Baal. In one week he claimed his second top-10 result in a C1-race this season and his first top-10 in a race that is part of one of the major series.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet1:00:12 
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:00:46 
3Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea0:01:10 
4Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team0:01:30 
5Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea0:01:40 
6Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:01:46 
7Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:01:50 
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:02:16 
9Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:02:39 
10Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles0:02:44 
11Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet - KDL0:02:49 
12Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:03:22 
13Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl0:03:28 
14Thijs Al (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl0:03:42 
15Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
16Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:04:30 
17Patrick Gaudy (Bel) Barracuda0:04:42 
18Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus0:05:27 
19Kevin Cant (Bel) Van Goethem0:05:35 
20Julien Taramarcaz (Swi)0:05:43 
21Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team0:06:00 
22Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper0:06:45 
23 (-1 lap)Stijn Huys (Bel) Orange Babies  
24Bart Hofman (Bel)  
25Geert Wellens (Bel)  
26 (-2 laps)Jimmy Tielens (Bel) Team DW Bikes  
27Jo Pirotte (Bel)  
28Bart Verschueren (Bel) KDL-Landbouwkrediet  
29 (-3 laps)Craig Richey (Can) Renner Custom - Raleigh  
30 (-4 laps)Jeremy Durrin (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC  
31 (-5 laps)Tom Dernies (Bel)  
32Wouter Been (Ned) WTOS Delft  
DNFGerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team  
DNFJoeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea  
DNFVincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFRadomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus  
DNFJim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor  
DNFMarco Bianco (Ita) L´Arcobaleno Carraro Team  
DNFDarryn Medhurst (USA)  
DNFMike Thielemans (Bel)  
DNFTwan Van Den Brand (Ned) WV Schijndel  
DNFJohn Spruyt (Bel)  
Intermediate sprint
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet3 pts
2Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor2 
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team1 
Fastest lap
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:08:27 
2Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:08:29 
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team0:08:39 
GVA Trofee classification after 6 rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor135 pts
2Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team119 
3Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet107 
4Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus98 
5Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea85 
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea73 
7Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team72 
8Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea67 
9Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor60 
10Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet58 
11Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team52 
12Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl59 
13Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus44 
14Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco38 
15Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea36 
16Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team31 
17Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet - KDL28 
18Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles24 
19Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet23 
20Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus20 
21Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team15 
22Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank14 
23Marcel Meisen (Ger) Eddy Merckx-Indeland13 
24Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Ruiter Dakkapellen Wielerteam  
24Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus  
24Thijs Al (Ned) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl12 pts
24Aurelien Duval (Fra) U.V.Aube11 
24Patrick Gaudy (Bel) Barracuda8 
24Robert Gavenda (Svk) Landbouwkrediet - KDL7 
24Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) Team AA Drink-Leontien.nl5 
24Dave De Cleyn (Bel)  
24Kevin Cant (Bel) Van Goethem4 pts
24Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor  
24Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team3 pts
24Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
24Sascha Weber (Ger)  
24Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa)2 pts
24Marco Bianco (Ita) L´Arcobaleno Carraro Team  
24Julien Taramarcaz (Swi)1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team10 pts
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet8 
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor6 
4Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
5Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea3 pts
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor  
7Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank2 pts
8Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea1 

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