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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #3 2013

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November 23, 2013

November 23, Elite Men:

Albert takes dominant win at Koksijde World Cup

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
November 23, 2013, 15:19 GMT,
Updated:
November 23, 2013, 16:36 GMT

Mourey beats Walsleben and Nys to second

Belgian Niels Albert celebrates his victory in Koksijde

Belgian Niels Albert celebrates his victory in Koksijde

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Niels Albert (KBCP-Powerplus) won the Dunecross in sunny Koksijde, Belgium for the third time in impressive style on Saturday. At what was round three of the 2013-2014 World Cup, Albert repeated his own solo ride from the 2012 cyclo-cross world championships, destroying the opposition. As he crossed the line, he copied the iconic finish of Paul Herygers from the 1994 Worlds in Koksijde; Albert hopped on and off his bike and waved his hands in celebration.

"It wasn't planned," said Albert of his finishing style. "That's when you get the best moments. I didn't study the footage before the race, but what Herygers did back then made for memorable images. Koksijde is a little bit from me but also a little bit from Paul. The finish line was a bit shorter than in 1949 [sic]; that's why I didn't have a lot of time. This remains my world championship race," Albert said.

French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ) beat Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus), Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) in the sprint for second place. World Cup leader Lars van der Haar (Rabo Development Team) struggled hard in the closing laps and finished 10th but he remains in the white leader's jersey. Second-placed World Cup rider Walsleben got back to two points.

"Things didn't go well for me today. I'm surprised that I'm still leading," Van der Haar said.

During the fourth of nine laps, there were a couple of key moments in the lead of the race. First, Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) went over the handlebars when taking on the so-called Herygers-dune. After that section, the large lead group was split up, and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) led Albert.

When Meeusen moved out of the way, Albert went full gas. "Before the race, I was a bit nervous, but as soon as I got going, nothing was going to bring me down," Albert said.

With Meeusen fading, it was his German teammate Walsleben who put himself in front of the main chase group, helping Albert to quickly build up a comfortable lead.

"I tried to lower the pace. On the other hand, it was not possible for me to get back to him," Walsleben said.

While Albert was powering away in front, Nys was struggling at the back of the chase group. He rode into other riders and got stuck in the wiring with Meeusen riding into him. Nys showed his annoyance, but he nevertheless recovered and blasted forward in the closing laps. Nys bridged up to the first chase group with Walsleben and Mourey, bringing along Pauwels. In the sprint, Nys came just short of finishing on the podium.

Mourey showed his fast legs in the final dash. "Before the race, I wanted to get on the podium. When Niels took off, I eyed second or third place. I kept an eye on Nys in the final lap because he's fast. Second place is great," Mourey said.

The cyclo-cross peloton left Koksijde on Saturday evening with a long drive to Gieten, in the north of the Netherlands ahead of them. That's where tomorrow's Super Prestige race will be held.

Albert promised to go for the double, a feat he's not yet achieved. "I'll do anything I can to get the double. It will not be easy," Albert said.

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 1:04:49  
2 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:32  
3 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus    
4 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:00:34  
5 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:37  
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:54  
7 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:01:05  
8 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:13  
9 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:14  
10 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:01:33  
11 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:49  
12 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:01:54  
13 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:01:56  
14 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team    
15 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti 0:02:16  
16 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:02:52  
17 Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:02:57  
18 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:03:00  
19 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:03:02  
20 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:05  
21 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:12  
22 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team    
23 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:03:29  
24 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:03:37  
25 Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex 0:03:55  
26 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 0:04:09  
27 Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR Spiuk 0:04:35  
28 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:04:54  
29 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:05:20  
30 Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec 0:05:30  
31 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist 0:06:03  
32 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 0:06:29  
33 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito - 2 laps  
34 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav    
35 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team    
36 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Haderslev    
37 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch - 3 laps  
38 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor    
39 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek    
40 Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek KCK Oslany    
41 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav - 4 laps  
42 Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio    
43 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut    
44 Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange-Losch    
45 Michal Malik (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec    
46 Angus Edmond (NZl) - 5 laps  
47 Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team    
48 Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio    
49 Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team    
50 Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin - 6 laps  
51 Ivan Jovanovic (Srb) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team    
World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 202  pts
2 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 200  
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 190  
4 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 170  
5 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 161  
6 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 151  
7 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr 130  
8 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 130  
9 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 127  
10 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti 124  
11 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 110  
12 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 108  
13 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 105  
14 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 100  
15 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 92  
16 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 91  
17 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 89  
18 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 88  
19 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 86  
20 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 86  
21 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 86  
22 Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 82  
23 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 81  
24 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 80  
25 Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea 76  
26 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 74  
27 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 71  
28 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 68  
29 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito 68  
30 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist 61  
31 Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec 60  
32 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 57  
33 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor 52  
34 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav 50  
35 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch 48  
36 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 47  
37 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Haderslev 41  
38 Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR Spiuk 39  
39 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek 35  
40 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 35  
41 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 32  
42 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav 30  
43 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida 29  
44 Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex 26  
45 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut 26  
46 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 25  
47 Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland 22  
48 Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek KCK Oslany 22  
49 Jordy Luisman (Ned) Team Lemelerveld 18  
50 Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio 18  
51 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG Cycling Team 17  
52 Michal Malik (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec 15  
53 Joachim Parbo (Den) Cielo-Challenge-Bicyclista 14  
54 Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino 14  
55 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 13  
56 Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio 10  
57 Angus Edmond (NZl) 10  
58 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba-Superano Ham 8  
59 Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange-Losch 7  
60 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Madeta Fitness-Specialized 7  
61 Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team 7  
62 Filip Adel (Cze) KC Hlinsko 6  
63 Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team 4  
64 Lukas Batora (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 2  
65 Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin 1