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October 24, Elite men: Plzen

Stybar triumphs in Plzen

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
October 24, 2010, 15:34 BST,
Updated:
October 25, 2010, 18:00 BST

Pauwels and Albert can't match Czech

World champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) remains king in the cyclo-cross world. In his home country of the Czech Republic, Stybar totally controlled the second round of the World Cup in Plzen and took his seventh successive win of the season on a dry and fast course.

Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) challenged Stybar early on and he led the race with the Czech from the first lap onwards, later being joined by Stybar’s teammate Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea). The situation in front remained as such until Stybar attacked going into the penultimate lap. Albert blew up on the sloping uphill section at the finish line but teammate Pauwels stood tall. One lap later Stybar steamed through to the finish line on his own when Pauwels punctured at the front. As a result Stybar had all the time in the world to greet the home crowd when he rolled across the finish line, strengthening his lead in the World Cup.

“The section at the finish line was really tough with the headwind. I did special training for that on Friday. I suffered a lot but today it helped me. It was a pity that during the last lap my teammate punctured. Still I decided to go as hard as possible to arrive alone,” Stybar said. He explained that he didn’t want to wait for Pauwels during the final lap as finishing alone as world champion during a World Cup race in his home country was a potentially one-off opportunity.

“Today the crowd was incredible. It was the most enjoyable race for me this season. I would like to thank all fans here in Plzen,” Stybar said. Behind Stybar, Pauwels held on to his second place ahead of Albert on the fast course. A little later French champion Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) won the sprint for fourth place from Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet).

More than a minute after the winner, it was Belgium’s Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) who grabbed sixth place ahead of the impressive German youngster Philip Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) and Bart Aernouts (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team). Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus) and Italian Enrico Franzoi (BKCP-Powerplus) captured the remaining top 10 places a minute and a half down.

The early exchanges

Albert’s strong start was marked by Stybar but behind those two stars it was the unknown German Christoph Pfingsten (Van Vliet EBH Elshof) who led the rest of the pack. After the German, Nys and Dieter Vanthourenhout were the next to follow. Once Stybar took over from Albert, the two created a gap on Pfingsten who was looking for his second breath. By the end of the opening lap Stybar and Albert had seven seconds on Nys, Pfingsten, Dieter Vanthourenhout, Pauwels and Vantornout.

Stybar maintained a high rhythm and Albert struggled to keep up with the world champion. Albert didn’t crack though and eventually Stybar lowered the pace. Behind the leaders Pauwels moved forward. Belgian champion Nys joined Pauwels and during the second lap they had the two leaders in sight. Eventually Nys blew up and only Pauwels could bridge to Albert and Stybar.

On the third lap, Nys dropped back into a chase group with Mourey, Aernouts, Vantornout and later also Dieter Vanthourenhout, about twenty seconds behind the three leaders. The gap between the leaders and the first chasers kept growing throughout the fifth, sixth and seventh laps, making it clear that all three leaders would get on the podium in Plzen. A tactical game was about to unfold with team-mates Stybar and Pauwels having the best cards in their hands.

Going into the tenth of twelve laps the status quo ended when Stybar attacked on the sloping home straight. Surprisingly team-mate Pauwels was the first to react but behind him Albert’s legs blew up. The two team-mates worked together and put Albert at five seconds. Behind the top 3, Nys increased the pace and only Mourey was able to keep up with the Belgian champion. Going into the penultimate lap Albert trailed the leaders by seven seconds; Nys and Mourey followed at 37”. The situation remained the same for one lap but then Pauwels punctured and got dropped when crossing the finish line, although he would do enough to hold off Albert.

Full Results
1 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 1:05:52  
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:18  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:33  
4 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 0:00:41  
5 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:42  
6 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:01:07  
7 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:10  
8 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Offroad Team 0:01:13  
9 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:21  
10 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:29  
11 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:01:56  
12 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:02:04  
13 Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:02:05  
14 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 0:02:07  
15 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:02:08  
16 Marco Bianco (Ita)    
17 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:02:18  
18 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 0:02:21  
19 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 0:02:22  
20 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:02:26  
21 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 0:02:32  
22 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) 0:02:35  
23 Fabio Ursi (Ita) 0:02:37  
24 Pirmin Lang (Swi) 0:02:38  
25 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) 0:02:46  
26 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Harvestehuder Rsv V. 1909 0:03:04  
27 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:10  
28 David Kášek (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 0:03:16  
29 Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:18  
30 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 0:03:24  
31 Ian Field (GBr) 0:03:27  
32 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 0:03:28  
33 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 0:03:42  
34 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:56  
35 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 0:04:07  
36 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:04:23  
37 Romain Villa (Fra) 0:04:39  
38 Sacha Weber (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 0:04:42  
39 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 0:04:48  
40 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) 0:05:15  
41 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 0:05:29  
42 Václav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 0:05:30  
43 Mik Garrigan (Can)    
44 Michael Schweizer (Ger) Stevens Racing Team    
45 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica    
46 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike    
47 Laurent Colombatto (Fra)    
48 David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus    
49 Robert Glajza (Svk) BKP    
50 Tommy Nielsen (Den)    
51 Xabier Garcia Irazola (Spa)    
52 Jonas Schau Guddal (Den)    
53 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
World Cup standings after round 2
1 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 160 pts
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 135  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 135  
4 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 110  
5 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 110  
6 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 99  
7 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 99  
8 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Offroad Team 85  
9 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 84  
10 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 82  
11 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus 80  
12 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 80  
13 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 72  
14 Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 71  
15 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 70  
16 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 66  
17 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 61  
18 Marco Bianco (Ita) 58  
19 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 56  
20 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) 56  
21 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) 50  
22 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 47  
23 Steve Chainel (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 46  
24 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 46  
25 David Kášek (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 43  
26 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 41  
27 Radomir Simunek Jr. (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 37  
28 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 37  
29 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 37  
30 Pirmin Lang (Swi) 37  
31 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Harvestehuder Rsv V. 1909 37  
32 Ian Field (GBr) 37  
33 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 35  
34 Fabio Ursi (Ita) 33  
35 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 32  
36 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 31  
37 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 31  
38 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 30  
39 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 27  
40 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) 27  
41 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor 26  
42 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 25  
43 Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 22  
44 Sacha Weber (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 21  
45 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 19  
46 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 18  
47 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof 18  
48 Romain Villa (Fra) 14  
49 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 13  
50 Václav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 11  
51 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 10  
52 Florian Le Corre (Fra) 9  
53 Mik Garrigan (Can) 8  
54 Michael Schweizer (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 7  
55 Marco Ponta (Ita) 7  
56 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica 6  
57 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 6  
58 Laurent Colombatto (Fra) 4  
59 David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 3  
60 Robert Glajza (Svk) BKP 2  
61 Tommy Nielsen (Den) 1