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October 21, Elite Men: Tabor

Pauwels repeats at Tabor with solo victory

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
October 21, 2012, 15:10 BST,
Updated:
December 03, 2012, 18:13 GMT

Van der Haar outsprints Albert for 2nd

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) celebrates his victory in the opening 'cross World Cup round in Tabor.

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) celebrates his victory in the opening 'cross World Cup round in Tabor.

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Last year's World Cup champion Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) commenced his new World Cup campaign with a convincing win in Tábor, Czech Republic. Just as he did last year at the Tábor round, one the Belgian's four World Cup triumphs the prior season, Pauwels rode away from his rivals in the closing laps to notch a solo victory.

Near the end of the seventh of nine laps Pauwels made his move, separating himself from the four-man lead group containing teammate Klaas Vantornout, world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) and young Dutch phenom Lars van der Haar (Rabobank-Giant Off-road Team). Vantornout played his team role to perfection as the Sunweb-Revor riders rode 1-2 at the front and Vantornout let a gap grow to Pauwels which neither Albert nor van der Haar could close.

"This time it took longer," Pauwels said, comparing this victory to last year's solo win in Tabor. "Earlier I was unable to drop Niels. Thanks to Klaas, who played team tactics, I received a couple of metres. That was enough. It was hard but it worked out well."

On the final lap Albert and van der Haar dropped Vantornout with the young Dutchman winning the sprint for second against Albert, a fine performance for the 21-year-old Rabobank-Giant rider's first World Cup in the elite ranks.

"I can't believe it. I didn't expect it to go so fast. Last night I dreamed of a top-5 result, now I know that I can get somewhere in this sport," van der Haar said after his second place performance in Tábor. "This course suits me to perfection. I'm going really well and I'm technically good so in these corners they couldn't drop me."

Van der Haar was pragmatic about the Sunweb-Revor team tactics which prevented a potential sprint for victory. "That's racing, I understand them. It's part of the race but it's not fun," said van der Haar.

Vantornout finished alone in fourth place, 27 seconds behind Pauwels, while Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) finished a frustrating fifth place eight seconds later, yet still a remarkable result considering his early misfortune. The Belgian champion rode dominantly at the front of the pack but then his chain snapped at the beginning of the third lap. "Suddenly I was kicking in the air," Nys said.

After Nys got a new bike from the pits he found himself in 22nd place, more than 40 seconds behind the leaders, and he set to work with a lengthy pursuit. "At first I thought that I would be able to join the large chase group behind the leaders and then aim for a last-lap effort," said Nys. "Once I bridged up to them I was able to continue. I had a very good day."

Eight seconds behind Nys, Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) won the sprint for sixth place ahead of U.S. champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus), Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea), Twan van den Brand and Simon Zahner. After his career best World Cup result in Plzen last year, a 10th place finish, Powers showed a lot of improvement in Tábor. During the second half of the race Powers moved up in the large chase group and started setting the pace.

Powers's result is the best-ever World Cup finish from an American in the elite men's ranks, an honor previously held by Jonathan Page with eighth place finishes at Igorre and Hoogerheide in the 2009-2010 season.

Local rider Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus) rode in the lead group during the first half of the race, then rode alone in fifth place for a long time but in the closing laps he ran out of steam. Simunek ultimately finished in 11th place, 54 seconds behind Pauwels.

Full Results
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 1:04:58  
2 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:00:14  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:00:16  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:00:27  
5 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 0:00:35  
6 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 0:00:43  
7 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:00:45  
8 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:46  
9 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team    
10 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 0:00:54  
11 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus    
12 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:00:55  
13 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:21  
14 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 0:01:35  
15 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 0:01:44  
16 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:01:45  
17 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Whirlpool - Author    
18 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:01:49  
19 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:56  
20 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:02:07  
21 Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 0:02:13  
22 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:02:14  
23 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 0:02:15  
24 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:02:16  
25 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:02:19  
26 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:20  
27 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 0:02:25  
28 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:30  
29 Jonathan Page (USA) 0:02:44  
30 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld    
31 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:02:45  
32 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 0:02:52  
33 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco 0:02:54  
34 Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL 0:03:01  
35 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda 0:03:17  
36 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hiremet Taldea 0:03:30  
37 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:38  
38 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo 0:03:39  
39 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 0:03:47  
40 David Kášek (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 0:03:51  
41 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea 0:03:52  
42 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 0:04:33  
43 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks 0:04:38  
44 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 0:04:43  
45 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica 0:05:17  
46 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda 0:06:12  
47 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 0:06:21  
48 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes 0:06:40  
49 Marco Bianco (Ita)     -1lap
50 Milan Barenyi (Svk)    
51 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93     -2laps
52 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita)     -3laps
DNF Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea    
DSQ Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta - Fitness / Specialized    
Overall standings after round 1
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 80 pts
2 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 70  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 65  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 60  
5 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 55  
6 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 50  
7 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus 48  
8 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 46  
9 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 44  
10 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 42  
11 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 40  
12 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing Team 39  
13 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 38  
14 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 37  
15 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 36  
16 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 35  
17 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Whirlpool - Author 34  
18 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 33  
19 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 32  
20 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 31  
21 Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 30  
22 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 29  
23 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 28  
24 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 27  
25 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 26  
26 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 25  
27 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 24  
28 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 23  
29 Jonathan Page (USA) 22  
30 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 21  
31 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 20  
32 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 19  
33 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco 18  
34 Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL 17  
35 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda 16  
36 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hiremet Taldea 15  
37 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 14  
38 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo 13  
39 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 12  
40 David Kášek (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 11  
41 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea 10  
42 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 9  
43 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks 8  
44 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 7  
45 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica 6  
46 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda 5  
47 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 4  
48 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes 3  
49 Marco Bianco (Ita) 2  
50 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 1