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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #6 2011

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December 26, 2011

December 26, Elite Men:

Pauwels outsprints Stybar in Zolder

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
December 26, 2011, 15:39 GMT,
Updated:
December 27, 2011, 17:29 GMT

Nys collects third place following a crash

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) beat world champion Zdenek Stybar (Quick Step Team) in a two-man sprint at the end of the sixth round of the World Cup in Zolder, Belgium, on Monday. Thanks to his third World Cup victory of the year, Pauwels overtook Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) as leader in the cyclo-cross World Cup.

"I knew that my form was good, but [before this weekend] I hadn't been on the podium for a few weeks," Pauwels said.

The final sprint started right after Stybar exited the muddy stretch next to the car racing circuit in Zolder. Nys was part of the lead group that headed for the sprint, too, but the experienced Belgian - wearing number 13 - slid out in the last corner. "It's a pity because I still had power for the sprint. I switched bikes in the last lap to have an 11 on the big ring for the sprint, just like I did in the first lap. I'll have to keep fighting until the last World Cup round," Nys said.

As Nys hit the deck when cornering on to the start-finish road, it was Pauwels who was glued Stybar's wheel. "Stybar started the sprint right away, so I had no other option then going full gas. I went deep in the sprint, but I had something left in my tank," Pauwels said.

Stybar was going full gas, but he didn't succeed in shaking off Pauwels. A clearly frustrated Stybar hit his handlebars when crossing the line.

"Of course, I would've loved to win but on Friday in Diegem, I was eighth and not feeling well, and now I was just sprinting for the victory, so I can't complain," Stybar said.

A not particularly spectacular second half of the race preceded the final sprint. The lead group with Nys, Pauwels and Stybar was formed during the fourth of nine laps. Mistakes at the back of the initially larger lead group cost Lars Boom (Rabobank), Steve Chainel (FDJ) and Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) their spots up front.

In the main chase group, national champions Boom and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) provided most of the opposition, but halfway through the race, they were trailing the leaders by 15 seconds - too much to overcome on the muddy but fast course in Zolder.

The three leaders tested their legs on the muddy off-camber climb and the steep run-up, but none of these punches caused major damage. "The 'cross wasn't really that hard. Sometimes it was full gas, but then the pace dropped again; it was interval training. I expected that the group would explode in the last lap, on the climb or on the descent, but that didn't happen," Pauwels said.

Nys salvaged his podium spot and half a minute behind Pauwels, it was his teammate Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) who was best of the rest. Vantornout out sprinted Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) and Wellens. Last year's winner Boom was seventh at 48 seconds. "I'm happy. Yesterday I trained three and a half hours, and I felt that a bit today. I made one mistake that probably cost me a podium spot," a mud-clad Boom told Cyclingnews at the finish line.

Albert, Chainel and Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus) completed the top-10, all finishing within one minute of winner Pauwels.

Jonathan Page (Planetbike) finished 25th at nearly two minutes from Pauwels. Timothy Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) finished a disappointing 37th place. British rider Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) was three spots behind Johnson.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 1:03:44  
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team    
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:20  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:00:32  
5 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:35  
6 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:38  
7 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:48  
8 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:00:56  
9 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ 0:00:59  
10 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:00  
11 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:01:04  
12 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing 0:01:06  
13 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:08  
14 Aurelien Duval (Fra) 0:01:15  
15 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team 0:01:21  
16 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:01:23  
17 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke    
18 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:01:24  
19 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team    
20 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:26  
21 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team    
22 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:01:27  
23 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 0:01:28  
24 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) KDL Trans 0:01:50  
25 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 0:01:57  
26 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:02:05  
27 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:02:06  
28 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 0:02:23  
29 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com 0:02:27  
30 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:02:30  
31 Marco Bianco (Ita) 0:02:37  
32 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb - Revor 0:02:50  
33 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:02:52  
34 Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:54  
35 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi 0:02:58  
36 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 0:03:09  
37 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com 0:03:15  
38 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 0:03:34  
39 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:03:57  
40 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:04:06  
41 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:04:26  
42 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 0:04:30  
43 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De 0:04:49  
44 David Kasek (Cze) 0:04:52  
45 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 0:05:05  
46 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP 0:05:11  
47 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 0:05:38  
48 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 0:05:44  
49 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 0:06:25  
-2laps Ole Quast (Ger)    
-2laps Igor Smarzaro (Ita)    
-2laps Jeremy Durrin (USA)    
-2laps Craig Richey (Can)    
-3laps Ryan Knapp (USA)    
-3laps Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor    
-3laps Mitchell Hoke (USA)    
-5laps Lewis Rattray (Aus)    
-6laps David Quist (Nor)    
DNF Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized    
DNF Troy Wells (USA)    
DNF Ondrej Bambula (Cze)    
DNF John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNS Robert Gavenda (Svk) KDL Trans    
Elite men World Cup standings after six rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 440  pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 430  
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team 375  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 335  
5 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 325  
6 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 305  
7 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 266  
8 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 249  
9 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ 238  
10 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 215  
11 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 208  
12 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 206  
13 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 201  
14 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 197  
15 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team 181  
16 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 179  
17 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb - Racing 174  
18 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 167  
19 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 167  
20 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 154  
21 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Bkcp - Powerplus 150  
22 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 133  
23 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke 129  
24 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team 126  
25 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) TX Active Bianchi 121  
26 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 112  
27 Aurelien Duval (Fra) 108  
28 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 102  
29 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) KDL Trans 102  
30 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus 97  
31 Marco Bianco (Ita) 96  
32 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 94  
33 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com 91  
34 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 90  
35 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 89  
36 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team 77  
37 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com 75  
38 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team 73  
39 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 71  
40 Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized 67  
41 David Kasek (Cze) 66  
42 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 64  
43 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 63  
44 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 58  
45 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De 57  
46 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 51  
47 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 48  
48 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 42  
49 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 42  
50 Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 37  
51 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 35  
52 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team 31  
53 Marco Ponta (Ita) 30  
54 José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 29  
55 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 29  
56 Robert Gavenda (Svk) KDL Trans 27  
57 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) 26  
58 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 25  
59 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 24  
60 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 23  
61 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com 22  
62 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 21  
63 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb - Revor 19  
64 Craig Richey (Can) 19  
65 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 19  
66 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) 18  
67 Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Spa) 18  
68 Fabio Ursi (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 18  
69 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa) 17  
70 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 17  
71 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) 17  
72 Jeremy Durrin (USA) 16  
73 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 16  
74 Martin Haring (Svk) 16  
75 Joachim Parbo (Den) 14  
76 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 14  
77 Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 12  
78 René Lang (Swi) 12  
79 Melvin Rulliere (Fra) 11  
80 Nico Brüngger (Swi) 11  
81 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea 9  
82 Clément Bourgoin (Fra) 9  
83 Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia - Felt 6  
84 Ole Quast (Ger) 6  
85 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP 5  
86 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) 3  
87 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 2