Nys runs away with Hamme-Zogge Superprestige

Albert rebounds to second over van der Haar

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) dominated the third round of the Superprestige series in Hamme-Zogge, Belgium, with a performance that blew the tactics and hopes of his major rivals.

The 36 year-old Belgian national champion took flight on the fourth of eleven laps on the blistering fast course and never looked back. Lap after lap Nys worked his way through the huge crowds, always adding some precious seconds to his lead and giving him a relatively easy victory.

It was Nys' third win out of three in the Superprestige series and so he extended his lead over world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), who finished second in Zogge.

“This win was for my son. It’s his birthday tomorrow so this is a perfect gift. Especially because it’s a nice race,” Nys said.
“I didn’t honestly expect to go the distance that early in the race but once I was alone in front, I managed to ride a pace that I could do for without blowing up the engine. If they'd came back to me, I would still have something left.”

Nys explained that he didn’t notice when exactly he distanced the rest of the lead group during the fourth lap. Young rider Lars van der Haar (Rabo-Giant Offroad Team) struggled on a short steep bump and blocked the rest of the group, allowing Nys to take flight.

“I rode too close behind Nys. It’s a mistake like many other mistakes I’m still making but that’s part of being a young rider,” Van der Haar admitted.

Fellow big favourite Niels Albert had already taken out of contention when he messed up his start and rode outside the top-25 places for most of the first lap.

“I didn’t click into my pedal,” Albert sighed at the post-race press talk. “Somehow I tend to miss my start once in every ten races. I didn’t panic but when they crashed ahead of me, I lost contact with the guys in front."

The front group included Nys, Bart Aernouts (AA Drink-Leontien.nl) and race organizer Jurgen Mettepenningen's favourite: Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor).

During the third lap, Nys tried to get away but Pauwels quickly got back on his wheel. “Early on I felt like I was the second strongest rider in the race,” Pauwels said. A little later Van der Haar moved past Pauwels and looked good, until he struggled on the climb and allowed Nys to get a gap.

Albert was still moving up in the pack and during the fifth lap he surged forward towards the chase group. When Albert bridged up with Pauwels, Van der Haar and Aernouts, the gap on Nys was between ten and fifteen seconds. Albert tried to move up and lead the chase but then he suddenly lost contact with the chasers. It wasn't his day.

“My front derailleur was broken and my chain dropped off a couple of times. Before that I thought it was possible to close the gap on Nys. After that mechanical, the gap was too big,” Albert said.

From that point, Nys maintained his lead of half a minute over the chase group including Albert, Van der Haar and Pauwels. He covered the fast circuit at an average speed of 29 km/h. Pauwels had a mechanical too and when trying to get back to the other chasers he hit a pole. Albert and Van der Haar were gone to secure the placings, leaving Pauwels to try to get back to Aernouts.

While Nys comfortably grabbed the win, behind him Albert and Van der Haar fought for second place. At first they co-operated to keep Aernouts and Pauwels at distance. But on the last lap Albert was able to distance the young Dutchman, securing second place. Aernouts and Pauwels sprinted for fourth place and surprisingly it was Aernouts who proved to be the fastest. Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) won the sprint in the big chase group at a minute from Nys.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony1:01:36 
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:18 
3Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:00:19 
4Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:00:35 
5Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor  
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:02 
7Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus  
8Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus  
9Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea  
10Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:09 
11Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
12Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:11 
13Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:01:15 
14Aurilien Duval (Fra) UV Aube  
15Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:01:22 
16Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:01:28 
17Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:45 
18Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:01:49 
19Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:01:50 
20Kevin Eeckhout (Bel)0:01:51 
21Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:31 
22Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL0:02:33 
23Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole  
24Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:42 
25Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Revor  
26Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized0:02:46 
27Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team  
28Jonathan Page (USA)0:02:47 
29Mitchell Huenders (Ned)0:03:44 
30 (-1 lap)Robby Cobbaert (Bel)  
31Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized  
32 (-3 laps)Dave De Cleyn (Bel)  
33Pedro Baelen (Bel)  
34 (-5 laps)Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution Bicycles  
DNFArnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea  
DNFVincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
DNFJoeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea  
DNFArnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea  
DNFThijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea  
DNFToon Devenyns (Bel)  
Superprestige standings after 3 rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony45 pts
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus42 
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor36 
4Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team33 
5Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team32 
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor29 
7Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea21 
8Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea20 
9Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team18 
10Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus16 
11Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus14 
12Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea11 
13Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team9 
14Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus8 
15Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus6 
16Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team5 
17Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor4 
18Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco3 
19Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL  
20Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept  
21Aurilien Duval (Fra) UV Aube2 pts
22Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
23Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team1 


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