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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #5 2011

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December 18, 2011

December 18, Elite men: Namur - Namur

Nys powers away from Albert to win a muddy Namur race

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
December 18, 2011, 15:06 GMT,
Updated:
December 18, 2011, 22:03 GMT

Vantornout crosses the line in third

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) won the first ever cyclo-cross World Cup round at the citadel in Namur, Belgium. The Belgian veteran came out the victor at the end of an exciting last lap duel with Belgian champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus). Nys also took over the lead in the World Cup rankings after five rounds from Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor), who finished fourth in Namur.

"This is why I became a cyclo-cross rider. This is why people watch cyclo-cross, because every second something could happen. Winning here after a battle with the Belgian champion, the world champion and the UCI World Cup leader makes the win even more valuable. In 20 years, this win will still be in my mind," Nys said. "It was super hard. Twice I flatted far from the pit. I had to climb with a flat tire which cost me a lot of energy, but I didn't want to crack. I got angry at myself to transcend myself."

The super exciting finale was preceded by a more tactical build-up during the first half of the race. The selection of a group of about 20 riders was made from behind. The pace in front was set by Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea), Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) and French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ). During the third lap, relatively unknown French rider Aurélien Duval led the pack.

Shortly after that, the big guns started firing. Albert accelerated during the fourth lap and only eight men were able to keep up: Meeusen, Mourey, Duval, Nys, Vantornout, Pauwels and world champion Zdenek Stybar (Quick Step Team). An acceleration from Nys cost Duval his spot in the lead group at the end of the fourth lap.

Nys continued his efforts during the fifth of eight laps, and the 35-year-old was at the front together with a well-performing Vantornout. Stybar closed the gap with the leaders and suddenly Nys faded. "I quickly realized that Nys flatted," said Vantornout. "I accelerated and for a brief moment, I believed in the victory but it was still more than three laps to go."

Stybar neutralized the move from Vantornout in the sixth lap by placing his attack. Vantornout followed the world champion and so did Nys, Albert and Meeusen. For Pauwels, a badly timed flat tire ruined his race and he suddenly trailed by 14 seconds. "I flatted twice today, which is too bad because otherwise I still would've been in the group," Pauwels said.

During the penultimate lap, no damage was done in front and Pauwels managed to get back to five seconds within the five remaining leaders. In the last lap, everybody went flat out. Albert led the group and the first victim of his efforts was Meeusen, soon to be followed by Stybar.

"It was great still to have punch in the last lap. That's what I worked on in Spain. In the end, it was about details. I looked back and noticed that Sven was at 10-15 meters. Sadly enough, I struggled on the descent which allowed him to come back relatively easy," Albert said. Nys sat on Albert's wheel on the last climb and then punched away once they reached the pavement. "I tried to accelerate too but that was a standstill sprint," Albert described his sprint.

Behind Nys and Albert, it was Vantornout who captured the remaining podium spot at 21 seconds. "I've been performing constantly except for Igorre. I was looking forward to these muddy races, but yesterday [GVA in Essen] I crashed in a pool of ice water. I'm Klaas Vantornout, and I realize I don't have the talent of the big four, but on a good day they have to take me into account," Vantornout said.

Behind the podium finishers, Pauwels did a great job for his World Cup ranking by passing Stybar and Meeusen during the last lap. He didn't salvage his leader's jersey, but he is trailing Nys by only five points. "My fourth place in Essen and here in Namur are more than I hoped for," Pauwels said.

World champion Stybar finished fifth ahead of Meeusen, and the Czech was pleased with his performance. At the finish line, he hinted out that the end of his cyclo-cross season had been on his mind. "I didn't expect it, so I'm really happy. Today I soon felt that I had to ride my own tempo. Yesterday I was very dejected during the last laps. If today wouldn't be good, we would have had to make a decision if it were worth continuing my season or not," Stybar said.

French champion Mourey was best of the rest in seventh place at 1:23, just ahead of his surprisingly strong compatriot Duval. Bart Aernouts (Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team) was ninth ahead of the third French rider in the top-10, John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale).

Yesterday's winner Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) didn't have a good day and he finished a distant 18th. That was still much better than the results from American riders Jonathan Page (Planetbike) and Timothy Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld), who finished 25th and 39th respectively.

The next round of the World Cup is held at the former F1 car circuit in Zolder, Belgium, on December 26.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 1:03:04  
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:00:05  
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:00:21  
4 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:00:26  
5 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:32  
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:40  
7 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 0:01:23  
8 Aurelien Duval (Fra) 0:01:24  
9 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:01:27  
10 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:01:34  
11 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:01:48  
12 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 0:01:56  
13 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team 0:02:03  
14 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:02:18  
15 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:02:19  
16 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 0:02:26  
17 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ 0:02:40  
18 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea    
19 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 0:02:41  
20 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:02:57  
21 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:06  
22 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:03:16  
23 Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized 0:03:33  
24 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:03:52  
25 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 0:03:59  
26 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 0:04:06  
27 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:04:09  
28 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:04:14  
29 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) KDL Trans 0:04:22  
30 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:04:38  
31 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 0:04:39  
32 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:04:40  
33 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) 0:04:42  
34 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:05:02  
35 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de 0:05:06  
36 David Kasek (Cze) 0:05:09  
37 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:05:14  
38 Marco Bianco (Ita)    
39 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 0:05:15  
40 Marco Ponta (Ita) 0:05:24  
41 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:05:29  
42 Clément Bourgoin (Fra)    
43 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 0:05:50  
44 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 0:05:56  
45 Martin Haring (Svk) 0:06:11  
46 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:06:14  
47 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team 0:06:18  
48 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 0:06:21  
49 Robert Gavenda (Svk) KDL Trans 0:06:28  
50 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:06:29  
51 Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda - 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team 0:07:13  
-1lap Troy Wells (USA)    
-1lap Gusty Bausch (Lux)    
-2laps Mitchell Hoke (USA)    
-2laps Kenneth Hansen (Den)    
-2laps Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team    
-2laps Craig Richey (Can)    
-3laps Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP    
-3laps Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor    
-3laps Emil Arvid Olsen (Den)    
-4laps Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti    
-4laps Jeremy Durrin (USA)    
-5laps Dimitriy Sorokin (Lat)    
DNF Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
DNF Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa)    
DNF Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
DNF Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Lux)    
DNF Pablo Trabadelo Villabrille (Spa)    
DNF René Lang (Swi)    
DNS Ole Quast (Ger)    
DNS Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com    
DNS Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea    
DNS Darryn Medhurst (NZl)    

World Cup standings after five rounds

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 365  pts
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 360  
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team 305  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 275  
5 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 270  
6 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 266  
7 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 265  
8 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 199  
9 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ 194  
10 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 185  
11 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 182  
12 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 172  
13 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 164  
14 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 155  
15 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 155  
16 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 150  
17 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team 149  
18 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 135  
19 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 129  
20 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 129  
21 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 119  
22 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 112  
23 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 105  
24 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 105  
25 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 98  
26 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus 97  
27 Thijs Al (Ned) AADrink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 96  
28 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke 95  
29 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 83  
30 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com 77  
31 Marco Bianco (Ita) 76  
32 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 76  
33 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) KDL Trans 75  
34 Aurelien Duval (Fra) 71  
35 Petr Dlask (Cze) Rubena - Birell - Specialized Cycling Team 67  
36 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 64  
37 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 64  
38 David Kasek (Cze) 59  
39 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 53  
40 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 51  
41 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 50  
42 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de 49  
43 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 48  
44 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 46  
45 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 42  
46 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 42  
47 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 35  
48 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team 31  
49 Marco Ponta (Ita) 30  
50 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 29  
51 Robert Gavenda (Svk) KDL Trans 27  
52 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) 26  
53 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 25  
54 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 24  
55 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 24  
56 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 23  
57 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 23  
58 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 22  
59 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 21  
60 Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 20  
61 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 19  
62 Craig Richey (Can) 19  
63 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 19  
64 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) 18  
65 Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Spa) 18  
66 Fabio Ursi (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 18  
67 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 18  
68 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa) 17  
69 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 17  
70 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) 17  
71 Jeremy Durrin (USA) 16  
72 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 16  
73 Martin Haring (Svk) 16  
74 Joachim Parbo (Den) 14  
75 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 14  
76 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 12  
77 René Lang (Swi) 12  
78 Melvin Rulliere (Fra) 11  
79 Nico Brüngger (Swi) 11  
80 Clément Bourgoin (Fra) 9  
81 Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia - Felt 6  
82 Ole Quast (Ger) 5  
83 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) 3