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bpost Bank Trofee - G.P. Sven Nys 2013

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January 1, 2013

January 01, Elite Men:

Pauwels wins in messy GP Sven Nys

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
January 01, 2013, 16:23 GMT,
Updated:
January 01, 2013, 18:34 GMT

Nys out sick, Stybar, Albert on podium

There was no Sven Nys (Crelan) in his new team kit in the GP Sven Nys on New Year's Day in Baal, Belgium. The sixth round in the Bpost Bank Trofee series was confronted with the absence of the popular home rider due to illness. Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb – Napoleon Games) didn't mind and gratefully grabbed the flowers on a muddy Tuesday afternoon at the Balenberg in Baal. Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) has finished as runner-up five times in Baal but he once again had to settle for second place in 2013. Pauwels pleased his new co-sponsor Napoleon Games with a nice win at the start of the new year.

"That makes it extra nice. First I followed Stybar but then I rode away without even wanting to start a solo. It was early but I'm going better every time on these demanding courses," Pauwels said to Sporza.

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) controlled the damage by finishing third despite a ill-timed flat tyre. "This race remains my unlucky race. The first two laps were bad but from there I got going. Then I punctured right after the pit and my race was over. Too bad because I felt like I could bridge back up to the front. I was keen on trying to win here but when you're thrown backwards due to bad luck...I lost my morale," Albert said.

The world champion comfortably remains overall leader in the Bpost Bank Trofee series. He leads Pauwels by 3:53 in the general classification. Absent man Nys tumbled down the classification to seventh place at 10:10 from Albert. "It's a big gap knowing that there's two fast races coming up."

Pauwels' teammate Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb – Napoleon Games) claimed his part of the attention by leading the first two laps of the race. Vantornout gathered no more than 12 seconds on a large group of riders where Albert needed some time to recover from a bad start. By the third of seven laps Stybar powered forward on the muddy course around the Balenberg. At first Stybar's move was marked by Pauwels, Albert and Vantornout but half a lap later only Pauwels was capable of keeping up with the Czech rider. Early on in the fourth lap Pauwels took over command from Stybar and the latter had to bow his head for the superiority of the Belgian.

"Kevin was the strongest man today although I was enjoying the best day of my cyclo-cross campaign. I decided to ride in front at my own pace but I made too many mistakes to win. Even without mistakes I would not have won," Stybar said.

Pauwels dealt best with the tough muddy conditions and every lap he took about twenty seconds on chaser Stybar. At the finish Pauwels had a gap of more than a minute on Stybar. Albert was third at short distance. Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) was best of the second chasing group ahead of Vantornout and Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink – Leontien.nl). Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) won the fight for seventh place, powering forward in the last lap and finishing ahead of Bart Aernouts (AA Drink – Leontien.nl) and a strong Jonathan Page. The American rider held off Radomir Simunek (Kwadro-Stannah) who showed off his new team kit.

The last two rounds of the Bpost Bank Trofee series are held on February 9 and 24 in Lille and Oostmalle.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 1:01:00  
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:09  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:20  
4 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:29  
5 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 0:01:35  
6 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 0:01:44  
7 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:24  
8 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 0:02:28  
9 Jonathan Page (USA) 0:02:35  
10 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:02:42  
11 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:02:44  
12 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:02:59  
13 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:03:12  
14 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:03:32  
15 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept 0:03:43  
16 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:49  
17 Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube 0:04:03  
18 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:04:11  
19 Patrick Gaudy 0:04:57  
20 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Crelan-KDL 0:05:05  
21 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-KDL 0:06:07  
22 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Accent.Jobs-Wanty 0:06:25  
23 Kevin Cant (Bel) 0:06:33  
24 Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 0:06:40  
25 Justin Lindine (USA) Redline 0:07:07  
26 Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 0:08:07  
27 (-1 lap) Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole    
28 (-2 laps) Bart Verschueren (Bel) Crelan-KDL    
29 (-4 laps) Wouter Been (Ned)    
DNF Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus    
DNF Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games    
DNF Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco    
DNF Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept    
DNF Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea    
DNF Gareth Whittall    
DNF Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus    
DNS Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-KDL    
DNS Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea    
DNS Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus    
DNS Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Crelan-KDL    
Intermediate sprint
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 15  pts
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 10  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 5  
Fast lap
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 0:08:32  
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:08:32  
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 0:08:34  
Standings after six races
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 5:51:41  
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 0:03:53  
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 0:06:18  
4 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:07:46  
5 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 0:09:08  
6 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:10:09  
7 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-KDL 0:10:11  
8 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 0:12:39  
9 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:15:37  
10 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept 0:15:52  
11 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:17:57  
12 Jonathan Page (USA) 0:18:50  
13 Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube 0:19:42  
14 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:19:43  
15 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:20:30  
16 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:21:07  
17 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:21:09  
18 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:22:30  
19 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 0:22:31  
20 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:22:45  
21 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Crelan-KDL 0:22:54  
22 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 0:24:11  
23 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-KDL 0:24:41  
24 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:25:12  
25 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:25:15  
26 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:25:30  
27 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:26:13  
28 Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) 36Cycling 0:26:20  
29 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) 0:26:26  
30 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco 0:26:36  
31 Kevin Cant (Bel) 0:26:40  
32 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:27:20  
33 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:27:29  
34 Romain Lejeune (Fra) 0:27:31  
35 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Crelan-KDL 0:27:49  
36 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:27:58  
37 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:28:09  
38 Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 0:28:34  
39 Dave De Cleyn (Bel) 0:29:11  
40 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 0:29:13  
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-KDL 9  pts
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 8  
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 5  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games 4  
5 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 2