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November 1, 2011

November 01, Elite Men:

Pauwels powers to first Koppenbergcross win

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
November 01, 2011, 15:04 GMT,
Updated:
November 01, 2011, 17:54 GMT

8-time champion Nys runner-up, Stybar third

Koppenbergcross elite men's winner Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor)

Koppenbergcross elite men's winner Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor)

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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) continues to show off his great early season form by ending the Koppenbergcross reign of Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet), who has won the race seven years in a row. World champion Zdenek Stybar (Quick Step Cycling Team) finished third in Melden, near Oudenaarde, Belgium.

Rain drops started to come down halfway through the race a flat tyre by Nys and a run-in with a building by Stybar gave Pauwels the gap he needed, and he exploited it to the maximum. Pauwels now becomes first leader of the Gazet van Antwerpen Trophy, and will defend that honour in the second round in Ronse.

"Keeping Sven [Nys] from his eighth win in a row is something special," Pauwels said after receiving his cobblestone trophy. "It's really nice to win here and the cobble looks great; I'm not giving this one away!"

On the first lap, the top names took a back seat as Tom Van Den Bosch (AA Drink/Leontien.nl) and Belgian amateur champion Stijn Huys (Orange Babies) led the peloton on the first trip up the steep, slippery, cobbled ascent of the Koppenberg. However, with bonus points toward the GvA Trophy on offer at the top on the second lap, the stars surged to the fore. Pauwels powered up the Koppenberg in first place and captured the tree GvA-Trophy bonus points, while Nys stormed out of the blue to second place and two points ahead of Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) who grabbed the remaining point away from teammate Joeri Adams (Telenet-Fidea).

Half a lap later Nys unleashed his devils a second time and only four men were able to keep up: Pauwels, Meeusen, Stybar and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor). The first chasers trailed by 15 seconds, but thanks to the work of Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus) the gap dropped back.

Belgian champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) closed the remaining seconds with Bart Aernouts (Rabobank-Giant-Offroad Team), creating a seven-man leader's group halfway into the race. Seven was too many for Nys, who once again dropped a bomb and this time the group blew apart for good. Pauwels and Stybar barely hung on with Nys who didn't allow a comeback from Meeusen while the rest was gasping for air at 14 seconds.

As rain began to fall during lap six, Stybar indicated to his pit crew he wanted a new bike. "Before the race I studied the weather forecast and I knew that 20 minutes before the end of the race it would rain. I wanted to get Rhino's to have more grip," Stybar said.

During the seventh lap both Nys and Stybar switched bikes on the top of the Koppenberg and it turned out to be the key moment of the race. Nys's rear tire immediately flatted while Stybar was sliding all over the place. Pauwels didn't know what happened and created a gap on his rivals. "I thought Nys punctured before the top and switched bikes because of that. I didn't know where Stybar had gone," Pauwels said.

Nys switched bikes again at the bottom of the climb and meanwhile Stybar passed him. At the end of the lap, Pauwels had 10 seconds on Stybar and 16 on Nys. Soon after that Stybar overshot a corner on the slippery asphalt and touched a house with his shoulder. "It was very slippery to ride on the asphalt with those Rhino profiles. I wasn't hurt," Stybar said. The world champion did lose speed and Nys quickly blasted passed the Czech.

On the top Pauwels still had 16 seconds on the chasing duo and at the finish line he added one more second to that bonus, while Stybar lost more ground.

"I gave all I had but remained at the same distance. From that moment on I focused on avoiding the risks to save my classification," Nys said.

Pauwels gained even more time on Nys in the final part of the race and at the finish the gap was 31 seconds on Nys and 1:11 on Stybar.

"I suffered a lot during the last two laps and I was glad the race was over," Pauwels said.

Aernouts finished fourth right after Stybar with a good gap over Meeusen and Vantornout. Belgian champ Albert finished seventh in no-man's-land while Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus) bested Vincent Baestaens (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) in the sprint for place eight. Adams was tenth ahead of Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea).

 

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb Revor 1:00:38  
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:31  
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:11  
4 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 0:01:13  
5 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:24  
6 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb Revor 0:01:25  
7 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:02:06  
8 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 0:02:41  
9 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
10 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:54  
11 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:02  
12 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:03:03  
13 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink/ Leontien.nl Pro 0:03:04  
14 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 0:03:14  
15 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team    
16 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 0:03:34  
17 Tom van den Bosch (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:03:43  
18 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team 0:03:47  
19 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:03:50  
20 Marco Bianco (Ita) L'Arcobaleno Carraro Team 0:03:54  
21 Patrick Gaudy (Bel) The Barracuda Company 0:04:03  
22 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink/ Leontien.nl Pro 0:04:21  
23 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor Team 0:04:46  
24 Robert Gavenda (Svk) KDL Trans-Landbouwkrediet 0:05:08  
25 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team 0:05:09  
26 Kevin Cant (Bel) 0:05:23  
27 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:05:29  
28 Gianni Denolf (Bel) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 0:06:02  
29 Stijn Huys (Bel) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:06:43  
30 (-1 lap) Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
31 (-2 laps) Kobus Hereijgers (Ned) ZZPR.nl    
32 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) KDL Trans-Landbouwkrediet    
33 Toon Devenyns (Bel)    
34 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus    
35 (-4 laps) Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) DCM-GB vorselaar    
36 Robert Watson (GBr) Paul Milnes RT/Bradford Olympic    
37 Grzegorz Grabarek (Pol)    
38 James Thompson (GBr) Boneshakersbikes.com/Trek    
39 Alexandre Wypelier (Fra)    
40 (-6 laps) Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike/Blue    
41 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles    
42 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb Revor    
Intermediate sprint
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb Revor 3  pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 2  
3 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 1  
Fastest lap
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:05:47  
2 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:05:48  
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb Revor 0:05:49  
GVA Trophy standings after one race
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb Revor 28  pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 24  
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 19  
4 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 17  
5 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 17  
6 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb Revor 15  
7 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 14  
8 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 13  
9 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 12  
10 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 11  
11 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 10  
12 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 9  
13 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink/ Leontien.nl Pro 8  
14 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 7  
15 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 6  
16 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 5  
17 Tom van den Bosch (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 4  
18 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team 3  
19 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2  
20 Marco Bianco (Ita) L'Arcobaleno Carraro Team 1