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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #4 2013

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December 22, 2013

December 22, Elite Men:

Mourey triumphs in Namur World Cup

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
December 22, 2013, 15:10 GMT,
Updated:
December 22, 2013, 17:17 GMT

Vantornout second as Albert out-paces Nys for third

Klaas Vantornout, Francis Mourey and Niels Albert made up the Namur World Cup podium

Klaas Vantornout, Francis Mourey and Niels Albert made up the Namur World Cup podium

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In stormy weather conditions French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ.fr) powered in impressive style to his second ever World Cup victory at the similarly impressive citadel in Namur, Belgium. The 33 year-old Frenchman soloed away halfway through the race, winning with a respectable margin over Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus).

Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) waged an impressive comeback from a flat tire off the line to challenge for the podium, but a mistake in the off-camber section scuttled his chances. World Cup leader Lars van der Haar bounced back from a nasty crash halfway the race to strengthen his overall lead with a blistering fast final lap to take fifth. His closest rivals in the World Cup, Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games), disappointed with ninth and twelfth places, respectively.

In 2007 Mourey captured his first win in a World Cup round at the fast course in Treviso, Italy. The Frenchman failed to claim big wins ever since then, though he didn't regard this win extremely high. "It's not the most beautiful win of my career but since it's a World Cup round it is a nice race to win," Mourey told Sporza.

"The physical course suits me a lot. I felt great and it helped me that I was more more fresh than the others." When asked which race was the most beautiful to win Mourey didn't look back but forward. "Winning the world championships in Hoogerheide. This win offers me some comfort. Things are going well and hopefully it remains like that until the world championships."

The win from Mourey was more than deserved, although some will argue that Nys was the strongest man in the race. Mourey might remind them about the extremely muddy 2007 World Cup round in Igorre, Spain, when he was the strongest man in the race until his derailleur let him down and Nys went on to win the race.

This time around Nys was the man who ran into bad luck as he flatted right after the race got under way. The world champion found himself at the back of the pack after switching bikes. "The next few laps I lost even more time as I got caught in traffic," Nys said.

Meanwhile Mourey set the pace up front during the opening lap. During the second and third lap Julien Taramarcaz (BMC) and Philipp Walsleben surged forward but halfway through the race they were caught back by a group which included Mourey, Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink/Leontien.nl), Albert and Vantornout.

Mourey took the initiative for most of the fifth lap - with more rain and wind torturing the riders' backs - without causing much damage. At the end of that lap though, when climbing back up to the start-finish, the French champion rode solo.

"The moment Francis accelerated I had no answer ready. Already before the race I decided to ride my own pace on this tough course," Albert said. A little later Albert glanced back several times as he noticed Nys was closing in on him. During the penultimate lap Nys bridged up with the group at the tough off-camber section, in which he rode past everybody. "Sven was the strongest rider today. Overtaking those first forty riders is rather easy but then it gets really hard. It's quite the achievement he pulled off," Albert said.

Once in front of the chase group, Nys clearly wanted more than a second place to finish off his comeback ride. Meanwhile, Mourey was only leading the group by a fragile 15 seconds. Two things helped Mourey to the victory at that moment. The first factor was the ability of the French champion to clock two blistering fast final laps, the second was the crash from Nys in the mud. "I overdid it there," Nys said. "Instead of waiting for the last climb and focusing on second place I hoped for a mistake from Mourey and the victory." Instead Vantornout and Albert took profit and flanked Mourey on the podium.

On Boxing Day, December 26, the fifth round in the World Cup is held on the former F1 car circuit in Zolder. Van der Haar heads to Zolder with a lead of 13 points over Walsleben, and 22 points over Albert. Mourey will opt to stay at home for Christmas and skip Zolder.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:00:49  
2 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:24  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:00:30  
4 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:00:35  
5 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:36  
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:41  
7 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:00:52  
8 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:00:54  
9 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus    
10 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:59  
11 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:01:18  
12 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:30  
13 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:01:38  
14 Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec 0:01:42  
15 Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:01:43  
16 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:51  
17 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:01:57  
18 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:11  
19 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti 0:02:26  
20 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist 0:02:46  
21 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:03:14  
22 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:03:20  
23 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor 0:03:22  
24 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:26  
25 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch 0:03:30  
26 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:38  
27 Arnaud Grand (Swi) BMC Development Team 0:03:49  
28 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 0:03:57  
29 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 0:04:08  
30 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:04:14  
31 Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR Spiuk 0:04:16  
32 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:04:56  
33 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:05:10  
34 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG Cycling Team 0:05:21  
35 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav 0:05:41  
36 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:05:58  
37 Ludovic Renard (Fra) VS Chartrain 0:06:06  
38 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:06:19  
39 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 0:06:20  
40 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek 0:06:40  
41 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Haderslev 0:06:51  
42 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) EC St Etienne - Loire 0:06:52  
43 (-1 lap) Michal Malik (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec    
44 Emil Hekele (Cze) Stevens Bikes - Emilio Sport    
45 Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex    
46 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team    
47 (-2 laps) Christian Helmig (Lux) Trisport Echternach Presented By Elbow    
48 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block    
49 Agustin Navarro Vidal (Spa) Ciudad De Oviedo - Nesta    
50 Luc Lutsen (Fra) VC TOUCY    
51 Mike Garrigan (Can) Van Dessel    
52 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida    
53 (- 3 laps) Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
54 Angus Edmond (NZl)    
55 Alexander Revell (NZl) PNP Cycling Club    
56 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa)    
57 (-4 laps) Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team    
58 (-6 laps) Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin    
59 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut    
World Cup standings after 4 races
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 257  pts
2 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 244  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 235  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 231  
5 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 229  
6 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr 210  
7 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 185  
8 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 175  
9 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 165  
10 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti 156  
11 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 150  
12 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 149  
13 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 143  
14 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 137  
15 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 134  
16 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 132  
17 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 132  
18 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 131  
19 Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 118  
20 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 112  
21 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 109  
22 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 108  
23 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 106  
24 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 104  
25 Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec 97  
26 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 95  
27 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist 92  
28 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 90  
29 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 87  
30 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor 80  
31 Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea 76  
32 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch 74  
33 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 68  
34 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito 68  
35 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav 66  
36 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 60  
37 Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR Spiuk 59  
38 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Haderslev 51  
39 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek 46  
40 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 35  
41 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG Cycling Team 34  
42 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 32  
43 Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex 32  
44 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav 30  
45 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida 29  
46 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut 26  
47 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93 25  
48 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 25  
49 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Bmc Development Team 24  
50 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 23  
51 Michal Malik (Cze) Kc Kooperativa Sg Jablonec 23  
52 Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland 22  
53 Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek Kck Oslany 22  
54 Jordy Luisman (Ned) Team Lemelerveld 18  
55 Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio 18  
56 Ludovic Renard (Fra) Vs Chartrain 14  
57 Joachim Parbo (Den) Cielo-Challenge-Bicyclista 14  
58 Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino 14  
59 Christian Helmig (Lux) Trisport Echternach Presented By Elbow 11  
60 Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio 10  
61 Angus Edmond (NZl) 10  
62 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) Ec St Etienne - Loire 9  
63 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba-Superano Ham 8  
64 Emil Hekele (Cze) Stevens Bikes - Emilio Sport 7  
65 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Madeta Fitness-Specialized 7  
66 Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team 7  
67 Filip Adel (Cze) Kc Hlinsko 6  
68 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 5  
69 Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team 4  
70 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block 3  
71 Agustin Navarro Vidal (Spa) Ciudad De Oviedo - Nesta 2  
72 Lukas Batora (Svk) Ck Banska Bystrica 2  
73 Luc Lutsen (Fra) Vc Toucy 1  
74 Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin