Albert triumphs in Maldegem

Stybar sports his new rainbow stripes

Just three days after Belgian Niels Albert bid farewell to his title as World Champion in Tábor, Czech Republic after a resounding defeat at the hands of Zdenek Stybar and the icy championship parcours, the Belgian sped to victory in the Parkcross Maldegem in his home country.

With Stybar trailing in for seventh, Albert insisted that he wasn't out for revenge after his time in the rainbow bands was ended.

"Last year when I came here as the new world champion, I was 13th. It's normal that Stybar wasn't in the mix."

Telenet Fidea had no problem making up for Stybar's lethargy, with Kevin Pauwels claiming second and the rejuvenated Bart Wellens in third. 

Sven Nys led the race until a last lap crash pushed him to fourth.

Full Results
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus1:02:56 
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:03 
3Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:16 
4Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:44 
5Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb Revor0:00:52 
6Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb Revor  
7Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:01:20 
8Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
9Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb Revor0:02:24 
10Marco Bianco (Ita)0:02:37 
11Kevin Cant (Bel) AVB Cycling Team  
12Stijn Penne (Bel) SDC - Rogelli Cycling Team  
13Gianni Denolf (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
14Kenny Geluykens (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team  
15Bert De Wispelaere (Bel) Wielerteam Morel & Zn - De Pinte  
16Dries Pauwels (Bel) Empella Czech Team  
17Patrick Bassez (Bel) Edegem Bicycle Club V.Z.W.  
18Sam Govaert (Bel)  
19Jean Baptist Taleux (Fra)  

 

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