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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #5 2010

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December 19, 2010

December 19, Elite Men:

Meeusen surprise winner of Kalmthout World Cup

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
December 19, 2010, 15:09 GMT,
Updated:
December 19, 2010, 19:24 GMT

Belgian outsprints Nys for biggest win of career, Albert remains atop World Cup standings

Neo-pro Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) netted his first World Cup victory in a fast and tactical race in Kalmthout by beating Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) and Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) in the sprint finale.

World Cup leader Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) never seemed comfortable in the snow but by limiting his losses and finishing in fifth place the 24-year-old Belgian did more than enough to maintain his lead in the Word Cup.

"It felt great to cross the line this way," Meeusen said. "Last week in Essen was my actual home race but this one comes quite near. Especially when you're finishing it in the sprint against Sven [Nys] as a young lad.

"This is really cool to have this race on my palmares. It's my third win of the season but I didn't expect that I could win a World Cup this year."

Fast starters rewarded on snowy singletrack

The twisting, snow-covered course in Kalmthout made one's start particularly important as it proved to be exceedingly difficult to pass with only one good line for most of the parcours. French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ) profited from that early on as he got the hole shot and opened up a several second lead on the opening lap. Riding second behind Mourey was compatriot Steve Chainel (Bouygues Telecom) who didn't hide which team he's heading in several few weeks. "I protected my second place and didn't go flat out after Mourey," Chainel said of the team tactics.

During the second lap World Cup leader Niels Albert maneuvered past Chainel and halfway through the third lap caught up with Mourey. Meanwhile, Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) crashed and caused a pile-up which greatly benefited the six riders ahead of Vantornout: Mourey, Albert, Meeusen, Nys, Pauwels and Bart Aernouts (Rabobank-Giant Offroad) were the only riders left battling for the win.

From the fourth lap onwards that sextet rode together at the front. Several accelerations and pit stops followed, changing the order of the group but not the gaps between the six riders.

"I always rode in fourth of fifth position, trying to stay out of the picture and see how the others were riding," Meeusen said.

With three laps to go Pauwels, Aernouts and Meeusen profited from an Albert error. Soon afterwards Aernouts dropped his chain when he tried to get past Meeusen. "I told Kevin [Pauwels] to go for it," said Meeusen. "By the way he (Aernouts) was riding he seemed stronger than me and I surely didn't want to help him to the victory at that stage of the race."

Pauwels had a gap but Nys led the chase and brought the sextet back together on the penultimate lap, with Albert most in trouble at the back of the group. Albert eventually got dropped with Aernouts, leaving four riders battling for the win.

And then there were four...

On the snowy, singletrack course being in the lead during the last lap was all important. Nys headed first into the Kalmthout forest ahead of Meeusen, Pauwels and Mourey. The positions remained the same throughout the last lap but Nys didn't gain a single metre on Meeusen.

"I didn't give Nys any distance," Meeusen said. "He often looked back to see if he had a gap and would accelerate. I think he was tired on the last lap and that was the reason I kept on fighting. I rode a perfect last corner and hit the pavement in the right gear."

Nys led out the sprint but Meeusen accelerated around the Belgian champion for the victory, while Pauwels crossed the line in third place two seconds later. "Maybe if the finish line would've been five metres further I could've won," said Nys. "On the other hand my sensations during the race told me that second place was the best result possible."

Mourey settled for fourth, seven seconds behind Meeusen. "I was good but today there were three riders stronger than me," Mourey said.

Albert finished fifth, 30 seconds down on Meeusen, but was happy with the outcome. "On snow and ice this is a good result for me. Now it's time to take a break because I have some hard weeks behind me. I felt that during the closing laps," Albert said.

The US contingent in Kalmthout didn't have a great hour of racing with Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) the top American finisher in 28th place followed by Ryan Trebon (Kona) in 32nd. Both had poor starts and faced difficulty trying to advance.

"There's very little room to move forward," said Page. "If you're lucky and have a good start you can stay there. It's an all-out sprint every time you get to the road but you can only move up two or three spots there."

Trebon ended up in the same situation, riding back in 41st position after one lap. "The start is so important because you can't move up anywhere. It's chaotic at the back. I had to ride into this guy because he kept trying to come inside. I had to teach him a lesson," Trebon said.

Full Results
1 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 1:02:21  
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:02  
4 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 0:00:07  
5 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:30  
6 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:00:39  
7 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:52  
8 Radomir Simunek Jr. (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:53  
9 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:54  
10 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 0:01:03  
11 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:08  
12 Steve Chainel (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:11  
13 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:12  
14 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 0:01:15  
15 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:01:19  
16 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus    
17 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:01:22  
18 Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:01:43  
19 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:01:48  
20 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 0:01:56  
21 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:02:01  
22 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 0:02:10  
23 Marco Bianco (Ita) 0:02:17  
24 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 0:02:23  
25 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:29  
26 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof    
27 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:02:33  
28 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 0:02:34  
29 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:02:49  
30 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 0:03:25  
31 Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia-Felt 0:03:28  
32 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 0:03:33  
33 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) 0:03:35  
34 Guillaume Perrot (Fra)    
35 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 0:03:39  
36 Laurent Colombatto (Fra) AC Bisontine 0:03:53  
37 Tommy Nielsen (Den) 0:03:54  
38 David Kášek (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 0:03:56  
39 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 0:04:03  
40 Sacha Weber (Ger) Stevens Racing Team    
41 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:04:18  
42 Mik Garrigan (Can) 0:04:20  
43 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:04:22  
44 René Lang (Swi)    
45 Keiichi Tsujiura 0:04:23  
46 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:04:32  
47 Marco Ponta (Ita) 0:04:37  
48 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 0:04:42  
49 Joachim Parbo (Den) Kch Leopard Cycles 0:04:48  
50 Gusty Bausch (Lux) 0:05:00  
51 Roy Van Heeswijk (Ned) ZZPR.nl 0:05:01  
52 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:05:10  
53 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 0:05:16  
54 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) 0:05:28  
55 Romain Villa (Fra) 0:05:47  
56 Florian Le Corre (Fra) Flers Cyclisme 61 0:06:09  
57 Paul Voss (Ger) Milram 0:06:31  
58 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder  -1lap  
59 Mark Lalonde (USA) Specialized    
60 Antonio Suarez Fernandez (Spa)    
61 Lukas Winterberg (Swi)    
62 Craig Richey (Can) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue    
63 Ryan Knapp (USA) BikeReg.com  -3laps  
64 Fabio Ursi (Ita) Buergi    
65 Shaun Adamson (Can) Cycle-Smart  -4laps  
66 Alberto Candelas Caballero (Spa)  -6laps  
Elite Men World Cup standings after round 5
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 350 pts
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 301  
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 299  
4 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 290  
5 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 243  
6 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 230  
7 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 229  
8 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 229  
9 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 210  
10 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 207  
11 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus 187  
12 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 180  
13 Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 177  
14 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 168  
15 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 164  
16 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 155  
17 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 154  
18 Marco Bianco (Ita) 153  
19 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 143  
20 Radomir Simunek Jr. (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 129  
21 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 124  
22 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 119  
23 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 119  
24 Steve Chainel (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 110  
25 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 101  
26 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) 101  
27 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof 96  
28 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 93  
29 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 90  
30 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 88  
31 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 85  
32 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 82  
33 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 82  
34 David Kášek (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 65  
35 Sacha Weber (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 59  
36 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 57  
37 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 56  
38 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 56  
39 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 55  
40 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 53  
41 Romain Villa (Fra) 53  
42 Fabio Ursi (Ita) Buergi 47  
43 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 43  
44 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 41  
45 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 39  
46 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 39  
47 Laurent Colombatto (Fra) AC Bisontine 39  
48 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 38  
49 Pirmin Lang (Swi) Buergi 37  
50 Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia-Felt 35  
51 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 31  
52 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) AC Bisontine 30  
53 Joachim Parbo (Den) Kch Leopard Cycles 29  
54 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 27  
55 Marco Ponta (Ita) 27  
56 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor 26  
57 Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 22  
58 David Lozano Riba (Spa) 21  
59 Tommy Nielsen (Den) 21  
60 Daniel Ruiz Echeandia (Spa) 20  
61 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 19  
62 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 19  
63 Florian Le Corre (Fra) Flers Cyclisme 61 19  
64 Geert van der Horst (Ned) 18  
65 Mauro Gonzalez Fontan (Spa) 17  
66 Wilant van Gils (Ned) CX Nederland 17  
67 Mik Garrigan (Can) 17  
68 Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Spa) 16  
69 David Juarez Alday (Spa) 15  
70 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 13  
71 René Lang (Swi) 12  
72 Václav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 11  
73 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 10  
74 Michael Schweizer (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 7  
75 Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) 6  
76 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica 6  
77 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 6  
78 Craig Richey (Can) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue 4  
79 David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 3  
80 Rene Birkenfeld (Ger) Harvesterhude Rv 2  
81 Robert Glajza (Svk) BKP 2  
82 Gusty Bausch (Lux) 1  
83 Xabier Garcia Irazola (Spa) 1