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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #3 2011

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November 26, 2011

November 26, Elite Men:

Nys beats Pauwels in tumultuous sprint in Koksijde

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
November 26, 2011, 15:38,
Updated:
November 26, 2011, 17:56

UCI turns down post-race protest

Sven Nys takes the win ahead of Kevin Pauwels, whose protest of the final sprint was turned down by the UCI.

Sven Nys takes the win ahead of Kevin Pauwels, whose protest of the final sprint was turned down by the UCI.

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The third round of the World Cup in sandy Koksijde, Belgium, ended in a tumultuous sprint between Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor). Nys was first over the line but Pauwels' gestures showed that he didn't agree with the way the sprint unfolded. Bart Aernouts (Rabobank-Giant - Offroad Team) was third ahead of world champion Zdenek Stybar (Quick Step) in fourth. Pauwels remains the leader in the UCI World Cup, but Nys trails him by only five points.

"I'm very happy with this victory. I had one of my better days of this season," Nys said. The 35-year-old needed a couple of laps to bridge up with the lead group that included Stybar, Pauwels, Aernouts, Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) and French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ).

"My teammate did a great job by closing the gap on the road. I didn't have to make any additional effort," Nys said, heralding the efforts from Sven Vanthourenhout (Landbouwkrediet).

Once at the back of the lead group, Nys showed off his skills in a long, hilly, sandy section during the third lap. Nys choose a different line that seemed worse at first glance, but he simply blasted past everyone. The series of accelerations that followed created a four-man lead group with Nys, Pauwels, Stybar and Aernouts at the halfway point of the race.

For a few laps, this status quo remained, but with three laps to go, Nys punched away on the same sandy passage where he had impressed during the third lap. Pauwels smoothly bridged back up to Nys while Stybar held up Aernouts.

"More was possible for me. I probably shouldn't have been at the back of the group all the time," said Aernouts.

Several attacks from both Nys and Pauwels followed. During the penultimate lap, Nys powered away after Pauwels collided with a barrier. "I thought that was the decisive move for the victory, but I made a mistake. At the world championships, I can't make that mistake again," Nys said.

Roles were reversed about halfway through last lap, when Nys struggled in the long sand section and Pauwels seemed to be heading for the win. "I recovered from that, and we both headed for a sprint with sore legs," Nys said.

A debatable sprint concluded the race. Nys wanted to make sure he took the final corner first going into the asphalt. "It's a short road to the finish, but there was a strong headwind. I entered the corner at high speed and almost went into the barriers. Then I looked back and saw that no damage was done. At that moment Kevin was still behind me, and I opted to ride my sprint on the righthand side of the road. I don't think Kevin was ever next to me. I fought to get the victory, and Kevin had the choice to choose the other side," Nys said.

Pauwels claimed he was riding next to Nys. "I was halfway alongside his bike, maybe a little further back. When exiting the corner, I was immediately next to Nys with my wheel, so I had no other choice but move along to the right," Pauwels said.

Aernouts was a close third due to the poker game between Pauwels and Nys in the last lap. "I was able to see them, but I couldn't tell whether Pauwels was next to Nys or not and that's the key question here. We should've had one of those choppers from the airbase here to show what happened," Aernouts said.

Stybar lost a lot of ground in the final laps. The Czech was fourth at 45 seconds.

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) missed out in the lead group after a disastrous passage in the sand during the third lap. He was never able to bridge back up but kept the leaders in sight, eventually finishing fifth. Vantornout, Mourey, Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) and Sven Vanthourenhout claimed positions six up to nine. Nicolas Bazin (Big Mat - Auber 93) surprised by cracking the top-10 on a demanding course.

British rider Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) will be content with his 22nd place while Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) quickly lost ground during the race and eventually faded to a 32nd place. "What to say, what to say? I need to train more specifically for Koksidje [sic] if I even want to have a chance at top 15 for the world champs. I'm disappointed. Yes. I learned a lot of things that I wouldn't have if I hadn't come over and raced Koksidje [sic]. I knew it wouldn't be easy," Powers tweeted. His compatriot Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) didn't finish the race.

The Nys-Pauwels debates among the 10,000 spectators heated up a chilly Koksijde where the sun was setting at the finish. No doubt the fans of both Pauwels and Nys will have much to talk about this evening.

Tomorrow is another race and undoubtedly the duo will clash again in Gieten, The Netherlands during the fifth leg of the Superprestige Series.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 1:03:18  
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:00:01  
3 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:00:06  
4 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:45  
5 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:51  
6 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:00:57  
7 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 0:01:08  
8 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:32  
9 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:02:00  
10 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 0:02:34  
11 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 0:02:46  
12 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team 0:03:10  
13 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:03:12  
14 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:03:21  
15 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:03:36  
16 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 0:03:45  
17 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:03:52  
18 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:04:03  
19 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ 0:04:10  
20 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:04:15  
21 Marco Bianco (Ita) 0:04:32  
22 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:04:39  
23 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:54  
24 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 0:04:55  
25 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke 0:05:02  
26 Aurelien Duval (Fra)    
27 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 0:05:35  
28 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:05:40  
29 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 0:05:47  
30 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com 0:05:57  
31 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 0:06:06  
32 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus 0:06:07  
33 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 0:06:18  
34 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 0:06:20  
35 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:06:26  
36 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:06:30  
37 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Sunweb - Revor    
38 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:06:35  
39 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:06:53  
40 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) KDL Trans 0:07:08  
-1lap Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team    
-1lap David Kasek (Cze)    
-1lap Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team    
-1lap Jérome Chevallier (Fra)    
-1lap Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia - Felt    
-1lap Milan Barenyi (Svk)    
-1lap Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa)    
-2laps Robert Gavenda (Svk) KDL Trans    
-3laps René Lang (Swi)    
-3laps Martin Haring (Svk)    
-3laps Craig Richey (Can)    
-3laps Gusty Bausch (Lux)    
-3laps Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)    
-3laps Fabian Brzezinski (Ger)    
-5laps Joachim Parbo (Den)    
-5laps Agustin Navarro Vidal (Spa)    
-5laps Robert Glajza (Svk)    
-5laps Dmitrijs Sorokins (Lat)    
-5laps Sigvard Kukk (Est)    
DNF Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic Sportfood.de    
DNF Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike    
DNF Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus    
DNF John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNS Fabio Ursi (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpiante A.S.D.    
DNS Marco Ponta (Ita)    
DNS Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)    
DNS Tommy Nielsen (Den)    

World Cup Standings after three rounds

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 220  pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 215  
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team 195  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 170  
5 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 168  
6 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 161  
7 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 155  
8 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 129  
9 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ 118  
10 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 110  
11 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 106  
12 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 102  
13 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 99  
14 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus 97  
15 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 96  
16 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke 95  
17 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 93  
18 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 91  
19 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 86  
20 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 85  
21 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team 77  
22 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 73  
23 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 72  
24 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 70  
25 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 69  
26 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 65  
27 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com 65  
28 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 65  
29 Marco Bianco (Ita) 63  
30 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 63  
31 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com 53  
32 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) KDL Trans 53  
33 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 51  
34 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 44  
35 David Kasek (Cze) 44  
36 Petr Dlask (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 39  
37 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 38  
38 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 35  
39 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 33  
40 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de 33  
41 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 31  
42 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 28  
43 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team 27  
44 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) 26  
45 Aurelien Duval (Fra) 25  
46 Robert Gavenda (Svk) KDL Trans 25  
47 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 22  
48 Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 20  
49 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 20  
50 Marco Ponta (Ita) 19  
51 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 19  
52 Fabio Ursi (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 18  
53 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 17  
54 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) 17  
55 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 16  
56 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 15  
57 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 14  
58 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 12  
59 René Lang (Swi) 12  
60 Melvin Rulliere (Fra) 11  
61 Nico Brüngger (Swi) 11  
62 Martin Haring (Svk) 10  
63 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 10  
64 Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia - Felt 6  
65 Ole Quast (Ger) 5  
66 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 4  
67 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) 3  
68 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 1  

 

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