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December 23, Elite men: Namur

Pauwels strikes back to win Namur World Cup

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
December 23, 2012, 18:22,
Updated:
December 23, 2012, 19:58

Nys and Albert round out top three

A victorious Kevin Pauwels

A victorious Kevin Pauwels

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The spectacular World Cup course up and around the citadel of Namur, Belgium proved to be the perfect battleground for Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor). On its slippery slopes, a mud-covered Pauwels easily held off Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) and world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) to grab his third win of the season.

During the first laps, Pauwels was joined by Francis Mourey (FDJ-Big Mat), but the Frenchman punctured and dropped back, eventually finishing fourth. Pauwels steadily clocked the fastest lap times and held off a comeback from Albert.

"It was a tough course, and that's usually not my thing, but during the second lap, I took over the command and rode my own pace," said Pauwels. "I noticed I got a gap. It's very comfortable to ride around here at your own pace. In the closing laps, I was even able to take my foot of the gas and consolidate my lead."

With his second World Cup victory of the season, Pauwels moves back into contention for the overall win of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup. Albert still leads the series, but both Pauwels and Nys moved back to within a 15-point margin of the world champion.

"There are three [World Cup] courses left [in Zolder, Rome and Hoogerheide] that should suit me well. So things are looking good," Pauwels said.

Albert rode most of the race alone in second place, holding off a late race surge from Nys. Things went wrong in the bell lap, when a flat tyre cost the world champion a lot of time. Nys seized his chance and blasted past Albert in the final metres. "In the off-camber descent, I punctured, and the only thing I could do was curse," said Albert. "I lost a lot of time on Sven and eventually I ran out of gas. I could put the fire in my velo, but it doesn't burn well."

"The World Cup standings? I lost 10 points in the last lap, but it's a classification I would like to win because I rate it higher than the rest," said Albert, "and because it's international, but I'd be happy with [winning] any of the series."

Albert's bad luck was good fortune for Nys. The latter needed time before he was able to shake off his rivals for third place, and eventually he was also able to snatch second place. "There wasn't much to do against Kevin today, but I expected more from this race," said Nys. "Today I'm lucky while yesterday [in Essen] was the other way around. I'm happy that I rode at top level for so long, but now I feel like the others gained ground on me."

Despite having a good start, Mourey had to settle for fourth place, just off the all-Belgian podium in Namur. "I punctured twice during the third lap," said Mourey. "That's 'cross. I don't know if I would've been able to keep up with Kevin, but Niels was within my reach. Fourth isn't bad either," Mourey told Cyclingnews at the finish line in Namur.

Further back, American Jonathan Page bounced back from a poor start to finish in a strong 15th place, getting himself a starting spot for the cyclo-cross world championships in Louisville, Kentucky, next month.

The next World Cup round will be held in Zolder, Belgium on Wednesday.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 1:02:47  
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony 0:00:48  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:00  
4 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:01:21  
5 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:01:45  
6 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 0:02:20  
7 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 0:02:37  
8 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:02:50  
9 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:03:16  
10 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:03:23  
11 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:03:46  
12 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb Racing Team 0:03:47  
13 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:03:49  
14 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:03:50  
15 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 0:03:52  
16 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:04:00  
17 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:04:11  
18 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:04:15  
19 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:04:23  
20 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:04:34  
21 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 0:04:42  
22 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:04:45  
23 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team 0:04:54  
24 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:05:02  
25 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:05:13  
26 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 0:05:18  
27 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:05:25  
28 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha - Focus 0:05:29  
29 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 0:05:55  
30 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:06:03  
31 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:06:21  
32 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet - KDL 0:06:27  
33 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:07:03  
34 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:07:18  
35 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:07:37  
-1lap Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool - Author    
-1lap Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea    
-1lap Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.Com    
-1lap Martin Haring (Svk)    
-2laps Andreas Moser (Swi)    
-2laps Christian Helmig (Lux)    
-2laps Michael Boros (Cze)    
-2laps Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa)    
-2laps Micki Van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - KDL    
-2laps Lukas Winterberg (Swi)    
-2laps Guillaume Perrot (Fra)    
-2laps Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha - Focus    
-2laps Justin Lindine (USA) Redline    
-3laps Marco Ponta (Ita)    
-3laps Ondrej Glajza (Svk)    
-4laps Aaron Schooler (Can)    
-4laps Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost    
-4laps Gusty Bausch (Lux)    
-4laps Jeremy Durrin (USA) Jam Fund / Ncc    
-4laps Alexander Revell (NZl)    
Elite men World Cup standings after five rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 345  pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony 335  
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 334  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 264  
5 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 246  
6 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 243  
7 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 240  
8 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 230  
9 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 213  
10 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 203  
11 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 187  
12 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 187  
13 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 172  
14 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 172  
15 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 172  
16 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 165  
17 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 159  
18 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb Racing Team 145  
19 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 145  
20 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 141  
21 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 137  
22 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 136  
23 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team 128  
24 Martin Bina (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor 126  
25 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 122  
26 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 117  
27 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 112  
28 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 108  
29 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 105  
30 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha - Focus 99  
31 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 93  
32 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 88  
33 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool - Author 83  
34 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 77  
35 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 65  
36 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke - Shanks 60  
37 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 57  
38 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - KDL 53  
39 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet - KDL 52  
40 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 46  
41 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 46  
42 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor 45  
43 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 42  
44 Aurelien Duval (Fra) 40  
45 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 34  
46 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.Com 34  
47 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 29  
48 Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized 27  
49 Christian Helmig (Lux) 27  
50 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 26  
51 David Kasek (Cze) 26  
52 Marco Ponta (Ita) 25  
53 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet 23  
54 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) 21  
55 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 21  
56 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 20  
57 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek 18  
58 Martin Haring (Svk) 18  
59 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 17  
60 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 16  
61 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Baboco Cycling Team 15  
62 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De 14  
63 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa) 13  
64 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 12  
65 Andreas Moser (Swi) 11  
66 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) 11  
67 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea 10  
68 Michael Boros (Cze) 9  
69 Romain Lejeune (Fra) 9  
70 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) 9  
71 Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) 8  
72 Gusty Bausch (Lux) 8  
73 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost 7  
74 Lewis Rattray (Aus) 7  
75 Alexander Revell (NZl) 7  
76 Ludwig Söderquist (Swe) 5  
77 Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha - Focus 4  
78 Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) 4  
79 Angus Edmond (NZl) 4  
80 Justin Lindine (USA) Redline 3  
81 Emil Arvid Olsen (Den) 3  
82 Marco Bianco (Ita) 3  
83 Ondrej Glajza (Svk) 1  

 

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