Albert takes dominant win at Koksijde World Cup

Mourey beats Walsleben and Nys to second

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.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team1:04:49 
2Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:32 
3Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus  
4Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team0:00:34 
5Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:00:37 
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:54 
7Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team0:01:05 
8Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:01:13 
9Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:14 
10Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:01:33 
11Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:49 
12Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:01:54 
13Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:01:56 
14Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team  
15Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti0:02:16 
16Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:02:52 
17Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:02:57 
18Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team0:03:00 
19Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:02 
20Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:05 
21Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:03:12 
22Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team  
23Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:03:29 
24Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:03:37 
25Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex0:03:55 
26Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:04:09 
27Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR Spiuk0:04:35 
28Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles0:04:54 
29Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:05:20 
30Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec0:05:30 
31Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist0:06:03 
32Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica0:06:29 
33Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito- 2 laps 
34Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav  
35Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team  
36Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Haderslev  
37Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch- 3 laps 
38Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor  
39Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek  
40Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek KCK Oslany  
41Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav- 4 laps 
42Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio  
43Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut  
44Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange-Losch  
45Michal Malik (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec  
46Angus Edmond (NZl)- 5 laps 
47Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team  
48Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio  
49Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team  
50Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin- 6 laps 
51Ivan Jovanovic (Srb) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team  
World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team202 pts
2Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus200 
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team190 
4Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team170 
5Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team161 
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team151 
7Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr130 
8Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team130 
9Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team127 
10Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti124 
11Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team110 
12Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team108 
13Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team105 
14Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team100 
15Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team92 
16Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team91 
17Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team89 
18Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles88 
19Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica86 
20Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team86 
21Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team86 
22Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team82 
23Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team81 
24Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team80 
25Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea76 
26Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team74 
27Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team71 
28Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team68 
29Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito68 
30Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist61 
31Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec60 
32Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team57 
33Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor52 
34Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav50 
35Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch48 
36Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team47 
37Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Haderslev41 
38Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR Spiuk39 
39Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek35 
40Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team35 
41Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team32 
42Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav30 
43Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida29 
44Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex26 
45Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut26 
46Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 9325 
47Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland22 
48Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek KCK Oslany22 
49Jordy Luisman (Ned) Team Lemelerveld18 
50Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio18 
51Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG Cycling Team17 
52Michal Malik (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec15 
53Joachim Parbo (Den) Cielo-Challenge-Bicyclista14 
54Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino14 
55Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team13 
56Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio10 
57Angus Edmond (NZl)10 
58Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba-Superano Ham8 
59Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange-Losch7 
60Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Madeta Fitness-Specialized7 
61Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team7 
62Filip Adel (Cze) KC Hlinsko6 
63Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team4 
64Lukas Batora (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica2 
65Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin1 


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