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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #1 2013

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October 20, 2013

October 20, Elite Men:

Lars van der Haar wins UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Valkenburg

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
October 20, 2013, 15:26 BST,
Updated:
October 21, 2013, 19:22 BST

Rabobank rider beats Pauwels and Walsleben

Lars van der Haar celebrates victory in the Valkenburg World Cup

Lars van der Haar celebrates victory in the Valkenburg World Cup

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The first edition of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Valkenburg at the famous Cauberg turned out to be the ideal setting for young, local rider Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) to grab his first big pro win. The 22-year-old Dutchman finished solo ahead of Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) and Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus). World champion Sven Nys and French champion Francis Mourey were forced out of the race with mechanicals. Last year's World Cup winner Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) had an off-day and didn't make it into the top-10 in Valkenburg.

"This is one of the most special wins in my life. It's my first big pro win and it's also a World Cup win and also in Holland," Van der Haar said.

There was a minute of silence in memory of Amy Dombroski before the start of the race.

The demanding course at the Cauberg included multiple, steep run-ups and drops. The tricky course was made even more selective as it started raining as the race got underway. Pauwels managed the hole shot while Albert and Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) got off to poor starts.

No rider seemed to be able to make the difference until Nys crashed while leading the pack. Nys needed some time to recover and lost some positions.

Upon hitting the third lap, Van der Haar accelerated and blew Mourey and others off his wheel. Only Pauwels could react. By the end of the third lap, Pauwels bridged up to Van der Haar. The first chasers trailed the leading duo by more than 10 seconds and once Vantornout played the perfect teammate in that chase group, the gap grew up to more than 20 seconds.

Walsleben rode alone into third place during the fifth lap while Nys had a flat front tyre. In front, Pauwels ran into bad luck, too, as his chain dropped. Pauwels needed time to get going again, and the Belgian was caught by Walsleben.

Meanwhile, more rain came down on the riders. With four laps to go, Van der Haar led the race with 23 seconds on Pauwels and Walsleben. Vantornout was alone in fourth at half a minute with Nys a little further back in a group that also included Albert.

During the sixth lap, Pauwels lost even more ground on both Van der Haar and Walsleben. He was caught by Vantornout and an improving Nys. A little further back, Mourey abandoned with a broken rear derailleur.

During the following lap, Nys lost time and positions again with another flat tyre - about half a minute. Pauwels dropped Vantornout and rode at short distance from Walsleben. The latter faded a little and was overtaken by Pauwels during the penultimate lap.

In the meantime, Nys fought his way back into eighth place with a fifth place still possible. His chain decided differently during the final lap. Game over for Nys.

"It wasn't my lucky day," said Nys. "I lost a lot of energy during the second flat tyre. My chain broke when I went full gas at the bottom of the drop. It's part of the sport, and it'll result in other perspectives."

Meanwhile Van der Haar easily kept Pauwels at distance, grabbing a well-deserved win on home soil. The Dutchman received a quick kiss from girlfriend Lucy Garner before taking on the white jersey of leader in the World Cup on the podium. Van der Haar was flanked by Pauwels and a surprising Walsleben.

In six days, the riders will contest the second round of the World Cup in Tabor, Czech Republic.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 1:02:45  
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:20  
3 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:00:39  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:48  
5 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:01:00  
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:09  
7 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:01:20  
8 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:01:31  
9 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:39  
10 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:53  
11 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:57  
12 Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec 0:02:01  
13 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:07  
14 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea 0:02:13  
15 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:22  
16 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro - Stannah 0:02:27  
17 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:02:29  
18 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team    
19 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:02:40  
20 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:03  
21 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro - Stannah 0:03:07  
22 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 0:03:22  
23 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:03:41  
24 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:03:46  
25 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:03:50  
26 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor 0:04:00  
27 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito 0:04:04  
28 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower Mtb Racing Team 0:04:17  
29 Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland 0:04:31  
30 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji - Spy - Competitive Cyclist 0:04:49  
-1lap Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team    
-1lap Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Losch    
-1lap Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea    
-2laps Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG - Cycling Team    
-2laps Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale - Haderslev    
-2laps Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) Lizarte    
-2laps Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol.    
-2laps Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida    
-2laps Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol.    
-3laps Joachim Parbo (Den) Hammel CK    
-3laps Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino    
-3laps Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio    
-3laps Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba - Superano Ham    
-3laps Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio    
-4laps Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut    
-4laps Angus Edmond (NZl)    
-5laps Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team    
Elite men World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 80  pts
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 70  
3 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 65  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 60  
5 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 55  
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 50  
7 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 48  
8 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 46  
9 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 44  
10 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 42  
11 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 40  
12 Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec 39  
13 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 38  
14 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea 37  
15 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 36  
16 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro - Stannah 35  
17 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 34  
18 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 33  
19 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 32  
20 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 31  
21 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro - Stannah 30  
22 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 29  
23 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 28  
24 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 27  
25 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 26  
26 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor 25  
27 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito 24  
28 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower Mtb Racing Team 23  
29 Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland 22  
30 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji - Spy - Competitive Cyclist 21  
31 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 20  
32 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Losch 19  
33 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 18  
34 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG - Cycling Team 17  
35 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale - Haderslev 16  
36 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) Lizarte 15  
37 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol. 14  
38 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida 13  
39 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol. 12  
40 Joachim Parbo (Den) Hammel CK 11  
41 Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino 10  
42 Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio 9  
43 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba - Superano Ham 8  
44 Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio 7  
45 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut 6  
46 Angus Edmond (NZl) 5  
47 Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team 4