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

Rabobank rider beats Pauwels and Walsleben

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) TeamResult
1Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team1:02:45 
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:00:20 
3Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:39 
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:00:48 
5Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team0:01:00 
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:09 
7Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:01:20 
8Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti0:01:31 
9Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:39 
10Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:01:53 
11Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:57 
12Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec0:02:01 
13Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:02:07 
14Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea0:02:13 
15Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:02:22 
16Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro - Stannah0:02:27 
17Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:02:29 
18Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team  
19Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles0:02:40 
20Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:03 
21Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro - Stannah0:03:07 
22Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica0:03:22 
23Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:41 
24Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:03:46 
25Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:03:50 
26Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor0:04:00 
27Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito0:04:04 
28Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower Mtb Racing Team0:04:17 
29Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland0:04:31 
30Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji - Spy - Competitive Cyclist0:04:49 
-1lapPatrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team  
-1lapSascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Losch  
-1lapArnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea  
-2lapsLukas Winterberg (Swi) MG - Cycling Team  
-2lapsKenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale - Haderslev  
-2lapsJavier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) Lizarte  
-2lapsVladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol.  
-2lapsMagnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida  
-2lapsVaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol.  
-3lapsJoachim Parbo (Den) Hammel CK  
-3lapsMarco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino  
-3lapsInigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio  
-3lapsYu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba - Superano Ham  
-3lapsJon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio  
-4lapsYannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut  
-4lapsAngus Edmond (NZl)  
-5lapsChristoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team  
Elite men World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team80 pts
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team70 
3Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus65 
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team60 
5Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team55 
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea50 
7Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team48 
8Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti46 
9Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea44 
10Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea42 
11Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus40 
12Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec39 
13Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea38 
14Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea37 
15Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea36 
16Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro - Stannah35 
17Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team34 
18Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team33 
19Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles32 
20Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team31 
21Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro - Stannah30 
22Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica29 
23Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team28 
24Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus27 
25Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus26 
26Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor25 
27Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito24 
28Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower Mtb Racing Team23 
29Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland22 
30Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji - Spy - Competitive Cyclist21 
31Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team20 
32Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Losch19 
33Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea18 
34Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG - Cycling Team17 
35Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale - Haderslev16 
36Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) Lizarte15 
37Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol.14 
38Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida13 
39Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol.12 
40Joachim Parbo (Den) Hammel CK11 
41Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino10 
42Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio9 
43Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba - Superano Ham8 
44Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio7 
45Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut6 
46Angus Edmond (NZl)5 
47Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team4 

 

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