Pauwels solos to Jaarmarktcross Niel win

Meeusen and Nys on the podium

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) continued his successful streak, taking his second consecutive victory of the season at the Jaarmarktcross in Niel. On Sunday, Pauwels dominated the third round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series in Ruddervoorde and he again used his superior speed and bike skills to win alone. Both Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice Golden Palace) and Lars Van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin) did not take part in the mid-week race but Pauwels won comfortably, distancing his rivals in the second half of the race.

Pauwels finished 27 seconds ahead of a resurgent Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea), with Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) third after taking a tumble and making several errors on the technical parts of the course.

It initially did not look as though Pauwels was going to win. He was in tenth position and 20 seconds behind an aggressive Nys with Meeusen and Laurens Sweeck (Corendon-Kwadro) in pursuit. However, Nys crashed at speed on a grassy slope, with Sweeck also flying over his bars. Meeusen stayed up right but his gap was down to 11 seconds at the end of the lap.

As Nys tried to close the gap, Pauwels made his move and quickly opened a decisive lead in the final 30 minutes of the race. Nys lost any chance of success with further problems and the race was virtually over.

“I saw Sven make a mistake and that’s when I got through to the front,” Pauwels explained. "It was a long start on the road and I messed up a little bit. Then I lost a number of places on the technical sections and I was forced to chase. At the beginning of the race it didn’t work out so good. Then suddenly I saw that Sven had made a mistake in the sand. I pulled through, got a gap and from then it was about keeping going.”


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:59:57 
2Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:33 
3Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team  
4Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec0:01:22 
5Tim Merlier (Ned) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team0:01:44 
6Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team0:01:50 
7Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team0:02:14 
8Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:19 
9Michael Boros (Bel) BKCP - Corendon0:02:24 
10Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:31 
11Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:35 
12Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:02:50 
13Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:03:00 
14David Van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Corendon0:03:35 
15Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec0:03:58 
16Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
17Radomir Simunek (Cze) Era - Murprotec  
18Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:04:19 
19Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW-3 Laps  
20Kyle De Proost (Bel) Kon. Balen B.C. V.Z.W.-3 Laps  
21Edwin De Wit (Bel) Rupelspurters Boom-4 Laps 
22Wouter Goosen (Bel) Zannata Cycling Team-4 Laps 
23Thomas Van De Velde (Bel)-5 Laps  
24Fabian Obrist (Swi)-5 Laps 
25Loïc Hennaux (Bel)-6 Laps  
26Jorge Rodriguez Garcia (Spa)-7 Laps  
27Felix Fuentes Sanchez (Spa)-8 Laps 
28Kipurs Kristaps (Lat)-8 Laps 
29Fernando Jimenez Rodriguez (Spa)-8 Laps 
30Bennati Riccardo (Ita)-8 Laps 
31Manuel Martin Jimenez (Spa)-8 Laps 
DNFJoeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team  
DNFSven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team  
DNFGianni Vermeiren (Ita) Cycling Team Zemst VZW  

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