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GVA Trofee - Koppenbergcross 2010

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November 1, 2010

November 01, Elite Men:

Nys dominant on the Koppenberg

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
November 01, 2010, 17:38 GMT,
Updated:
November 01, 2010, 18:27 GMT

Belgian captures eighth Koppenbergcross victory

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) celebrates his eighth victory in the Koppenbergcross.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) celebrates his eighth victory in the Koppenbergcross.

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Almost as if he had never been out of the picture Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) trounced his rivals in the mudfest up and around the Koppenberg during the second round of the Gazet van Antwerpen Trophy. Due to the huge amounts of deep mud, the course was extremely tough. The 34-year-old Belgian champion didn't mind and dropped all his rivals during the first lap. He went on to destroy the opposition, exhibiting great skills and power while finding a way up and over the Koppenberg.

For Nys it was his eighth victory on the famous Flemish helling. Runner-up Niels Albert (BCKP-Powerplus) finished more than a minute behind the cyclo-cross legend, who hadn't won an important race this season. World champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) finished fourth and remains leader in the GvA-Trophy.

“I'm not worn out yet,” Nys said, when asked about his performance and status after the demonstration he gave on Monday afternoon. “Many people were talking about my age and that it would no longer be possible for me to battle up against the new generation. I'll be living on a cloud for a couple of weeks now because I rate this one very high. It's almost as important as the world championships to me."

Two youth races and a women's race turned the peaceful meadows on the climb near Melden into a mud-clad war zone. American  cyclo-cross star Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) fancied his chances and he led the peloton through the first soaked meadow and then on to the Koppenberg. The unknown Italian rider Marco Bianco attacked on the cobbles but by the time the riders cornered right into the meadow on top of the Koppenberg, Page was back in the lead ahead of Nys, Stybar and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor).

Niels Albert missed his start and rode back in twentieth place and Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) was even riding outside the top-30. Nys accelerated for the first time near the top of the climb and he got away with Stybar and Vantornout, while Page went into the barriers on one of the first downhill corners and disappeared from the front. A little later, Vantornout dropped back into a group with Bart Aernouts (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team), Gerben de Knegt (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) and a well-recovering Albert.

When riding through the last field before cornering into the home straight Nys dropped Stybar. In hindsight, that was the moment the race ended. Nys never looked back and rode consistently faster than his rivals. “After the first lap I realized that things were working out great. Halfway people were shouting to me that it was in the bag but of course I had to remain focused,” Nys said.

Going into the last lap the Belgian champion had a comfortable gap of more than a minute over Albert but then Nys punctured. “For a moment I panicked. I had to continue on that tyre for half a lap and I gave all I had left in my tank; I don't want to repeat that any more,” Nys said.

Second-placed Albert heard about Nys' problem but didn't feel that it affected Nys at all. “On the road it doesn't help you but on the climb it surely didn't bother him. We all ride with really low tyre pressures on this course; we all feel every cobble of the Koppenberg,” Albert told Cyclingnews. In the end Nys didn't lose a single second and clinched his eighth win in the Koppenbergcross, and his seventh in a row.

Pauwels claimed the last podium spot a minute and a half behind Nys and the quiet Belgian was more than happy with that. “Last year I would have finished well off the podium in those conditions. It means I've taken a big step forward. This was a good weekend for me,” Pauwels said.

Halfway through the race, Stybar crashed and for a moment he was riding in seventh place. “That's when I thought that my classification was in danger. At that moment I believed that I could get a much better result. During the second lap I made too many mistakes and I lost focus. Eventually I captured fourth place and I'm happy with that,” Stybar said.

The Czech leads the GvA-Trophy with 45 points, five points clear of the Belgians Pauwels and Vantornout. Stybar defends his position at the head of the classification on November 20 during the third round of the GvA-Trophy in Hasselt, Belgium.

Full Results
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 1:00:00  
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:07  
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:28  
4 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:08  
5 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:02:24  
6 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:02:46  
7 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:40  
8 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:04:02  
9 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus 0:04:10  
10 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:04:26  
11 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:04:46  
12 Tom van den Bosch (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:04:56  
13 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Rendement Hypo Cycling Team 0:05:08  
14 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 0:05:17  
15 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:05:35  
16 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 0:06:00  
17 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:06:15  
18 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:06:53  
19 Romain Villa (Fra) 0:07:12  
20 Marco Bianco (Ita) 0:07:19  
21 Ian Field (GBr) Hargrove Cycles 0:07:26  
22 Radomir Simunek Jr. (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 0:07:44  
23 Kenneth van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:07:47  
24 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) KDL-Trans 0:08:03  
25 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 0:08:52  
26 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:09:04  
27 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) -2laps  
28 Patrick Gaudy (Bel)    
29 Marek Cichosz (Pol)    
30 Ben Berden (Bel) Qin Cycling Team    
31 Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team    
32 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor    
33 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus    
34 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus    
35 Wilant van Gils (Ned) CX Nederland    
36 Stijn Huys (Bel)    
37 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Van Goethem - Prorace -3laps  
38 Kevin Cant (Bel)    
39 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team    
40 Alberto Candelas Caballero (Spa)    
Sprint
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 3 pts
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 2  
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 1  
Fastest lap
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:08:21  
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:05  
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:07  
Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee classification after 2 rounds
1 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 45 pts
2 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 40  
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 40  
4 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 30  
5 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 30  
6 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 28  
7 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus 27  
8 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 27  
9 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 24  
10 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 20  
11 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Rendement Hypo Cycling Team 15  
12 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 14  
13 Tom van den Bosch (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 14  
14 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 13  
15 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 12  
16 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 11  
17 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 11  
18 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 11  
19 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 9  
20 Ian Field (GBr) Hargrove Cycles 8  
21 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 5  
22 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 4  
23 Kenneth van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 3  
24 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 3  
25 Ben Berden (Bel) Qin Cycling Team 2  
26 Romain Villa (Fra) 2  
27 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) 1  
28 Marco Bianco (Ita) 1  
Sprint classification
1 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 3 pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 3  
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 2  
4 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 2  
5 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 2