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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #5 2013

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December 26, 2013

December 26, Elite Men:

Van der Haar sprints to victory at Zolder World Cup

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
December 26, 2013, 15:41 GMT,
Updated:
December 26, 2013, 17:16 GMT

Czechs Bina, Stybar make first World Cup podium this season

World Cup leader Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) wins his third World Cup race of the season at Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

World Cup leader Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) wins his third World Cup race of the season at Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

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An aggressive racing style and fast finish resulted in a well-deserved victory for Dutch champion Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) at the fifth World Cup round in Zolder, Belgium. Czechs Martin Bina (Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team) and Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) placed second and third respectively in the sprint finale from a 13-man lead group which fractured slightly in the last lap finale.

It's the third World Cup victory of the season for Van der Haar and the Dutch champion has moved into a comfortable overall lead as closest rivals Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) only managed a fourth and thirteenth place at the car racing circuit of Terlaemen. Van der Haar leads Walsleben by 33 points, while Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) moved into third at 279 points, 58 down on the Dutchman.

"What made the difference? Tactics," Van der Haar told Sporza. "The men's U23 race showed that it would be tactical. I just stayed in a good position constantly. We still have to do the rounds in Rome and Nommay but I will try to win it now. I'll try to do everything to take the World Cup home [at the final round] in Nommay."

The young Dutchman, only 22 years old, never rode outside of the top-5 throughout the race and often led the pack. With an average speed of 28.1 km/h it was hard to create gaps but due to the pace-setting work of Van der Haar it was nearly impossible for riders to get back to the front once dropped.

"It was possible to finish on the podium today, but also to finish tenth" said Vantornout. "This isn't ‘cross but a criterium." Vantornout consistently rode in the top-5 as well but in contrast to his usual racing style avoided the lead. In the final sprint he lost some spots and finished seventh.

The usual protagonists Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) and Niels Albert never made it into the top-5. Albert's race was ruined when he took the inside line at the first corner - 180 degrees around a pole - and crashed. Now nearly in last place just moments after the start, Albert tried a comeback like the one Nys did in Namur in Sunday. He clocked very consistent sub-seven minute lap times and eventually bridged up to the lead group at the end of the penultimate lap. Making up positions in that lead group proved impossible, however, and a frustrated Albert rolled across the line 29 seconds down on winner Van der Haar.

Nys, the defending champion at the Heusden-Zolder World Cup race, also had a lackluster start and took half the race to reach the leaders. Once there the world champion lacked the punch to move up in the large lead group, hitting the final lap in seventh place. In the sprint he passed Vantornout to grab an anonymous sixth place result

Czech champion Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) made the best of his short cyclo-cross season and frequently shared the hard pacing-making work with Van der Haar. At the often decisive uphill off-camber zone Stybar took the lead on the final lap but Van der Haar passed him again when approaching the difficult run-up sector. That's where the race was decided in a split second very close to the finish line.

"I knew I had to be in a good position at the stairs and did everything for that," Van der Haar said. The Dutchman was quick to re-mount after the stair sector and opened an ever so slight gap on Stybar, who fumbled with his pedals.

Stybar blamed his rusty technical skills for his defeat. "I often lost time in the corners. After the stairs I didn't get into my pedals and Van der Haar got a gap of 10-20 metres. Bina passed me, too, and that was it," Stybar said.

Bina reached Van der Haar before the final corner but had no answer for Van der Haar's fast finish after making the right turn onto the asphalt finishing straight. In the sprint the diminutive Dutchman comfortably won ahead of Bina, Stybar and Walsleben.

Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) was the best Belgian in fifth place. "I've never been the best Belgian in a World Cup. I could cry out of happiness. A few times I was lucky that I was piloted back to the front on the wheel of Stybar," Peeters said.

Most top riders will race on Friday in Loenhout, except for Van der Haar. The Dutchman has opted not to pack his program with races during the Christmas week in order to remain fresh for the championships in the following weeks. His next races are Diegem, Surhuisterveen and then the next World Cup round in Rome on January 5 of the new year.

Full Results
1 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 1:02:41  
2 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:00:01  
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:02  
4 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:03  
5 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:04  
6 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team    
7 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:05  
8 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:07  
9 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:00:10  
10 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:00:12  
11 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:15  
12 Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:00:27  
13 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:00:29  
14 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:00:49  
15 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:01:12  
16 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:13  
17 Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex 0:01:17  
18 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:21  
19 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:01:22  
20 Arnaud Grand (Swi) BMC Development Team 0:01:23  
21 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:01:24  
22 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 0:01:26  
23 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti 0:01:31  
24 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor 0:01:32  
25 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 0:01:34  
26 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
27 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:01:51  
28 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:02:06  
29 Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR Spiuk 0:02:18  
30 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Specialized-Garmar 0:02:33  
31 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 0:02:48  
32 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:03  
33 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 0:03:15  
34 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek 0:03:29  
35 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist 0:03:30  
36 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks 0:03:44  
37 Michael Schweizer (Ger) Stevens Racing Team    
38 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav 0:04:00  
39 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Haderslev 0:04:54  
40 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch 0:05:07  
41 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:05:09  
42 Agustin Navarro Vidal (Spa) Ciudad de Oviedo-Nesta 0:05:15  
43 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block 0:05:47  
44 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:06:08  
45 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut 0:06:10  
46 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:06:12  
47 Max Walsleben (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 0:06:34  
48 Joachim Parbo (Den) Cielo-Challenge-Bicyclista 0:06:36  
49 Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team 0:06:45  
50 Robert Glajza (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 0:07:36  
51 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa)  -1lap  
52 Angus Edmond (NZl) Stevens-Malteni    
53 Alexander Revell (NZl) PNP Cycling Club  -3laps  
54 Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin  -5laps  
DNF Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team    
DNF Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team    
DNF Ivan Jovanovic (Srb) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team    
World Cup standings after five rounds
1 Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 337 pts
2 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 304  
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 279  
4 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 275  
5 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 273  
6 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 227  
7 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 219  
8 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr 210  
9 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 199  
10 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 198  
11 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti 184  
12 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 183  
13 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 182  
14 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 170  
15 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 167  
16 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 167  
17 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 165  
18 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 163  
19 Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team 157  
20 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 142  
21 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 134  
22 Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 128  
23 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 127  
24 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 124  
25 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 118  
26 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 109  
27 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist 108  
28 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor 107  
29 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 106  
30 Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec 97  
31 Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team 97  
32 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch 85  
33 Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR Spiuk 81  
34 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team 80  
35 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav 79  
36 Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea 76  
37 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito 68  
38 Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex 66  
39 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 65  
40 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek 63  
41 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Haderslev 63  
42 Arnaud Grand (Swi) BMC Development Team 55  
43 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Specialized-Garmar 44  
44 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team 40  
45 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 35  
46 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG Cycling Team 34  
47 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 32  
48 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut 32  
49 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav 30  
50 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida 29  
51 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 25  
52 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 25  
53 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 25  
54 Michal Malik (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec 23  
55 Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland 22  
56 Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek KCK Oslany 22  
57 Jordy Luisman (Ned) Team Lemelerveld 18  
58 Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio 18  
59 Joachim Parbo (Den) Cielo-Challenge-Bicyclista 17  
60 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks 15  
61 Michael Schweizer (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 14  
62 Ludovic Renard (Fra) VS Chartrain 14  
63 Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino 14  
64 Agustin Navarro Vidal (Spa) Ciudad de Oviedo-Nesta 11  
65 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block 11  
66 Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange-Losch 11  
67 Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio 10  
68 Angus Edmond (NZl) Stevens-Malteni 10  
69 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) EC St Etienne-Loire 9  
70 Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team 9  
71 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba-Superano Ham 8  
72 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 7  
73 Emil Hekele (Cze) 7  
74 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Madeta Fitness-Specialized 7  
75 Filip Adel (Cze) KC Hlinsko 6  
76 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus 5  
77 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 5  
78 Max Walsleben (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 4  
79 Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team 4  
80 Lukas Batora (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 2  
81 Robert Glajza (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 1  
82 Luc Lutsen (Fra) VC Toucy 1  
83 Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin 1