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October 28, Elite Men: Plzen

Albert is king in Plzen mud

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
October 28, 2012, 15:17 GMT,
Updated:
December 03, 2012, 18:11 GMT

Vantornout, Pauwels slip and slide to podium

Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) won a muddy and cold edition of the second round of the World Cup in Plzen, in the Czech Republic, finish well clear of Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor), Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) and former World Cup leader Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor).

Peeters was removed from the official result after UCI commissaires spotted an irregular pit stop in the first half of the race. It didn’t matter much to world champion Albert, who looked unbeatable on the slippery course.

“I like this weather, when it’s raining and it’s muddy. Everybody rides on his own and that’s when I’m on my best. Hopefully it’s raining in Belgium too,” Albert said in the post-race interview.

“I’ve won here as a world champion in 2009 and now I win again in this jersey. The corners were really dangerous because you can make a mistake everywhere. You have to pay a lot of attention and use your technique.”

Unlike last years's World Cup race, the TV-camera was gone by the time the start was given but once again Albert wasn’t near the front when the race started. US champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) was even worse off, as he hit the deck in the first corner.

Albert managed to bridge up to the all-Belgian seven-man lead group by the end of the first lap. Lars van der Haar (Rabobank-Giant Off-road) – the revelation of the first World Cup round – rode in the first chase group at 15 seconds.

Halfway into the second lap, Albert moved into the lead. Soon after, his pace distanced most riders except for Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony). But the pace also proved too high for the experienced Belgian and he crashed hard in a tricky descent early on in the third lap.

“I’m in a lot of pain. I was on the wrong track and didn’t click into the pedal with one foot. I landed on the top of my frame. Physically I didn’t suffer much today but the crash hurt a lot,” Nys told Sporza.

Albert rode alone in front from then on, with Pauwels the sole chaser by the end of the third lap. Nys slipped to sixth position, at more than half a minute from Albert. However Pauwels failed to close the gap on Albert and he was caught back by teammate Vantornout and at halfway through the race – after four out of eight laps – the Sunweb duo trailed Albert by 18 seconds.

From there Vantornout occasionally seemed able to take ground back on Albert but he was never able to reduce the gap inside of 10 seconds. Eventually Albert easily took the win. Behind him Vantornout sat up in the final metres in order to hand the World Cup points for second place to teammate Pauwels but he didn’t know that Pauwels had suffered a mechanical problem in the last lap. Francis Mourey (FDJ) was the first non-Belgian in Plzen in eighth place. 

There was little to celebrate for the US riders. After his first corner crash Powers didn’t make up enough ground to gain UCI points and he didn’t finish the sixth lap. By that time Timothy Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) had also left the race, while riding at the back of the pack. Jonathan Page rode in the top-25 but faded in the second half of the race. He finished 32nd, 6:29 behind winner Niels Albert.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 1:08:26  
2 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:00:36  
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:00:45  
4 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:54  
5 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:09  
6 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 0:01:31  
7 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 0:02:14  
8 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 0:02:45  
9 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 0:02:58  
10 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:03:04  
11 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 0:03:12  
12 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:03:21  
13 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:27  
14 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:03:45  
15 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hiremet Taldea 0:03:50  
16 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:04:03  
17 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:04:15  
18 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:04:22  
19 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:04:28  
20 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:04:44  
21 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:04:52  
22 Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 0:05:01  
23 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:05:07  
24 Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta - Fitness / Specialized 0:05:18  
25 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 0:05:19  
26 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus    
27 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco 0:05:28  
28 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 0:05:36  
29 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks 0:05:45  
30 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) 0:05:57  
31 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 0:06:08  
32 Jonathan Page (USA) 0:06:29  
33 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Whirlpool - Author 0:06:33  
34 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 0:06:45  
35 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 0:06:55  
36 David Kášek (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 0:07:05  
37 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de 0:07:35  
38 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 0:07:45  
39 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:08:07  
40 (-1 lap) Milan Barenyi (Svk)    
41 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo    
42 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite    
43 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor    
44 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda    
45 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda    
46 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole    
47 (-2 laps) Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencín Trek    
48 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)    
49 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus    
50 (-3 laps) Marco Bianco (Ita)    
51 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica    
52 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea    
Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 145  pts
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 145  
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 130  
4 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 106  
5 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 105  
6 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 98  
7 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 98  
8 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 93  
9 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 83  
10 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 80  
11 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 79  
12 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 77  
13 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 75  
14 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 71  
15 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing Team 71  
16 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 68  
17 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 68  
18 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 66  
19 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 64  
20 Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 59  
21 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 56  
22 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 54  
23 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Whirlpool - Author 52  
24 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hiremet Taldea 51  
25 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus 48  
26 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 45  
27 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 44  
28 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco 42  
29 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 41  
30 Jonathan Page (USA) 41  
31 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 36  
32 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 35  
33 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 34  
34 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 32  
35 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks 30  
36 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 29  
37 Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta - Fitness / Specialized 27  
38 David Kášek (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 26  
39 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 23  
40 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda 23  
41 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo 23  
42 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) 21  
43 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 21  
44 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 21  
45 Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL 17  
46 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 17  
47 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 15  
48 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de 14  
49 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 12  
50 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 12  
51 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda 11  
52 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea 10  
53 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica 6  
54 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencín Trek 4  
55 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes 3  
56 Marco Bianco (Ita) 3