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November 24, Elite Men: Koksijde

Nys victorious at Koksijde World Cup

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
November 24, 2012, 15:06 GMT,
Updated:
December 03, 2012, 14:39 GMT

Belgian champion drops Albert on final lap

Belgian champion Sven Nys celebrates victory in the third World Cup round, contested at Koksijde, Belgium.

Belgian champion Sven Nys celebrates victory in the third World Cup round, contested at Koksijde, Belgium.

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Another cyclo-cross race, another spectacle provided by the duo of Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus). This time the battlefield was the sandy world championship course at Koksijde, Belgium, where Albert won the rainbow jersey back in January.

On Sunday, however, Sven Ny took a masterful, measured victory in the third round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup while world champion Niels Albert had to settle for second at 14 seconds. Frenchman Francis Mourey (FDJ-BigMat) rounded out the top three, 19 seconds behind Nys.

Nys bounced back from a lacklustre first half to get back on solo leader Albert's wheel on the penultimate lap. Albert led Nys across the finish line into the final lap and momentarily kept Nys at bay, but a fateful bobble by the world champion on a slick, right-hand bend provided Nys the opportunity to pounce.

Nys slipped by Albert's left alongside the barriers and accelerated onto a short, sand dune power climb. Nys showed off his considerable technical skills when he rode over the seemingly unrideable dune, while Albert had to dismount and run. Nys's performance on the dune appeared to remove all the wind from the sails of  Albert's chase effort as Nys sped away to win for the sixth time in Koksijde, becoming the sole record holder for victories at the legendary 'cross venue.

"Last year [worlds in January] it wasn't pleasant to ride here. I wanted to come back and show I can ride through the sand. I think I did that today," Nys said.

Albert remains the leader in the World Cup with 215 points, 30 more than both Nys and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor), who finished fifth in Koksijde. Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) crashed hard halfway the race and finished a distant twelfth place, tumbling from a shared lead with Albert to fourth overall after Koksijde at 184 points.

"During the world championships my form was at 100 percent, now I was at maybe 95," Albert said. "Back then making the lines in the sand went unnoticed but now I felt it. I'm glad to be the leader in the World Cup but nothing's won so far. Of course I'll defend my lead."

During the first half of the race both Albert and Nys were absent from the top-10, at the back of a long line of riders. In front Klaas Vantornout rode his usual strong first laps until Mourey opened the throttle up front. Albert answered this attack and increased the pace, leaving only Albert, Mourey, Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) and a little later also Nys in front.

Albert kept going flat-out and he created a gap on the rest with Nys still dangling at the back of the chase group. "If you're caught behind there's two things you can do: force your way to the front and use more energy or wait until there's space. That way I conserved my energy," Nys said, opting for the patient approach.

During the last couple of laps Nys put on a master class of 'cross skill and talent as he rode the lengthy sand sections and bridged up to Albert to set the stage for a dramatic finale between the season's prominent protagonists. Nys explained he wanted to sit on Albert's wheel and wait for the sprint, but his rival made a mistake and Nys was granted the lead anyway, sealed by riding a dune that Albert had to run.

"It was like a dream coming through, perfectly over it," said Nys. "You arrive at the foot with the idea of trying it. Right away I felt ‘I can ride up this thing'. Then you get the adrenaline boost and you don't feel anything. It's one to review several times on TV," Nys said.

The dune 'cross, with its tradition to name the toughest dunes after champions such as Paul Herygers and Niels Albert, perhaps should pay tribute to this demonstration and its record holder by referring to this heretofore unnamed dune as the "Nys dune".

Full Results
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 0:59:34  
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:00:14  
3 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 0:00:19  
4 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 0:00:33  
5 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:01:20  
6 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:27  
7 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:32  
8 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 0:01:37  
9 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:01:44  
10 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:55  
11 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:02:01  
12 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:02:08  
13 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:28  
14 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:02:33  
15 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus    
16 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing Team    
17 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 0:02:45  
18 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:58  
19 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 0:03:13  
20 Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 0:03:15  
21 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team    
22 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco 0:03:44  
23 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 0:04:16  
24 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:04:30  
25 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:04:31  
26 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:04:34  
27 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:04:44  
28 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 0:04:46  
29 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 0:04:51  
30 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL 0:04:52  
31 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:04:57  
32 Jonathan Page (USA) 0:05:38  
33 Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL 0:06:21  
34 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hiremet Taldea 0:06:31  
35 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 0:06:47  
36 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 0:07:11  
37 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencín Trek 0:07:20  
38 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda 0:07:33  
39 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 0:07:55  
40 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks 0:08:23  
41 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet   -2laps  
42 Christian Helmig (Lux) Elbowz Racing p/b Trisport   -3laps  
43 Gusty Bausch (Lux)    
44 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa)   -4laps  
45 Lewis Rattray (Aus)    
46 Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution Bicycles    
47 Angus Edmond (NZl)   -5laps  
DNF Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea    
DNF Romain Lejeune (Fra)    
DNF Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube    
DNF Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team    
DNS Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite    
DNS Marco Bianco (Ita)    
World Cup standings after round three
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 215 pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 185  
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 185  
4 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 184  
5 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 158  
6 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 148  
7 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 144  
8 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 142  
9 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 126  
10 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team 126  
11 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 119  
12 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 113  
13 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 109  
14 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing Team 106  
15 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 103  
16 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 102  
17 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 100  
18 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 96  
19 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 91  
20 Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 90  
21 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 82  
22 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 75  
23 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco 71  
24 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 69  
25 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 69  
26 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hiremet Taldea 68  
27 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 60  
28 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 60  
29 Jonathan Page (USA) 60  
30 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 57  
31 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Whirlpool - Author 52  
32 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 52  
33 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 51  
34 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 50  
35 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus 48  
36 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 41  
37 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks 41  
38 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda 36  
39 Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL 35  
40 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 34  
41 Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta - Fitness / Specialized 27  
42 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 27  
43 David Kášek (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor 26  
44 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 23  
45 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo 23  
46 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL 21  
47 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) 21  
48 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 21  
49 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 21  
50 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencín Trek 18  
51 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 17  
52 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 16  
53 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de 14  
54 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 12  
55 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 12  
56 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda 11  
57 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet 10  
58 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea 10  
59 Christian Helmig (Lux) Elbowz Racing p/b Trisport 9  
60 Gusty Bausch (Lux) 8  
61 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa) 7  
62 Lewis Rattray (Aus) 6  
63 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica 6  
64 Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution Bicycles 5  
65 Angus Edmond (NZl) 4  
66 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes 3  
67 Marco Bianco (Ita) 3