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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #6 2014

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January 5

January 05, Elite Men:

Albert claims World Cup victory in Rome

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
January 05, 2014, 15:19 GMT,
Updated:
January 05, 2014, 17:44 GMT

Van der Haar and Nys take second and third

Niels Albert wins the 'cross World Cup in Rome

Niels Albert wins the 'cross World Cup in Rome

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An impressive solo ride from Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) in Rome, Italy, delivered him his second World Cup win of the season. In the sixth round of the World Cup, the 27-year-old Belgian left his last rivals behind in the third of eight laps.

Albert galloped through strong winds, a sudden heavy rain shower and then faced a late comeback from world champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink), World Cup leader Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) and French champion Francis Morey (FDJ.fr). Albert withstood all of it, keeping a small five seconds gap at the finish line in front of the grandstand of the somewhat desolated Capanelle hippodrome.

Van der Haar outsprinted Nys for second place, which sees the young Dutchman strengthen his overall lead in the World Cup as Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus), previously second, had an off-day and could only manage an eleventh place finish in Rome. Albert now holds second place, albeit a massive 54 points behind World Cup leader Van der Haar, ahead of the final round in Nommay, France, in three weeks’ time.

“It was a very hard one. The track was very muddy with the rain of last night and today. It was a hard race,” Albert said. In the closing laps, Albert struggled. “On Friday we did a hard training and I was tired. On the last two laps, everything was hurting. Sven [Nys] is not unbeatable. They were coming but I was consolidating my advantage. It was tricky with those small rocks on the course.”

During the first laps of the race, Albert was already dominant. He featured in the lead group that quickly separated itself from the rest of the pack. The group included Albert, his teammate Walsleben, Mourey and Martin Bina (Kwadro-Stannah), with Mourey quickly shifting back on the second lap.

Having Walsleben in front was disastrous for the World Cup leader Van der Haar as he was riding outside the top 10, half a minute down on the leaders. “I was nervous for a muddy race like this one and I started with a Typhoon profile at the back. I didn’t have a good start, didn’t get going and was sliding away everywhere,” Van der Haar told Sporza. Little later he switched bikes to get better grip. “It turned out I had good legs and I started moving up.”

The race turned when Albert put the hammer down early on in the third lap, and soon he was alone in front. He quickly created a gap of fifteen seconds on Bina and Walsleben, who were caught by Mourey. Halfway through the race, Walsleben waved goodbye to his World Cup ambitions as he was dropped, and one lap later, he was overtaken by Van der Haar. The number two in the World Cup continued to lose ground for the remainder of the race. “I started my race optimistically but ended up not being so good. I had a minor crash and setback. I felt like I was the only rider who was sliding away. Hopefully I feel better in Nommay so I can hold on to my third place in the World Cup,” Walsleben said.

With three laps to go Van der Haar caught up with Bina and Mourey, who were only about twenty seconds behind lone leader Albert, with Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink Cycling Team) and Sven Nys ten seconds further back.

Nys was clearly going well at this stage of the race. He dropped Van Amerongen and overtook fading Bina, and he suddenly caught up with Van der Haar halfway through the penultimate lap. When hitting the final lap, Albert only had 13 seconds in hand on Mourey, and just 17 seconds on Nys and Van der Haar. A rampant Nys soon caught Mourey, and the trio then set their sights on Albert. But the gap was too great even for the world champion, and Albert duly reached the finish line with a handful of seconds to spare over Van der Haar, who outsprinted Nys for second place.

“I tried to come back and that seemed to be working out but the race was one lap too short. Switching bikes was important. In the final laps I was riding around with a pressure of 1.2kg and that was ideal on a course that become more and more slippery. I had a lot of power to set the pace on the long straight sections. I’m satisfied even though I’m not winning,” Nys told Sporza.

Mourey settled for fourth place, well ahead of Bina. Meanwhile, Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) recovered from a poor start to put in a solid ride that earned him a good sixth place, just ahead of Van Amerongen.

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) is struggling with illness and skipped the race in Rome in favour of a training camp in Calpe, Spain. He drops from third to fifth overall as both Albert and his teammate Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) overtook him on Sunday afternoon. Pauwels had a poor start and suffered a mechanical in the second lap of the race that saw him slip back to thirtieth position, but he gamely fought back to take thirteenth place at the finish line.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 1:06:33  
2 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:04  
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink 0:00:05  
4 Francis Mourey (Fra) Fdj.Fr 0:00:11  
5 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah 0:00:41  
6 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team 0:00:45  
7 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:00:50  
8 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:01  
9 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:16  
10 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:01:19  
11 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:32  
12 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:35  
13 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:45  
14 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:01:53  
15 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:08  
16 Sascha Weber (Ger) Veranclassic - Doltcini 0:02:14  
17 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:02:18  
18 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:02:20  
19 Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet - Fidea    
20 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:22  
21 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:02:23  
22 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale 0:02:36  
23 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team 0:02:49  
24 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Kwadro - Stannah 0:03:09  
25 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 0:03:16  
26 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro - Stannah 0:03:21  
27 Luca Braidot (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale 0:03:28  
28 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team 0:03:36  
29 Simon Zahner (Swi) Ekz Racing Team 0:03:37  
30 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:03:38  
31 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:43  
32 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale - Haderslev 0:04:02  
33 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG - Cycling Team 0:04:24  
34 Daniel Geismayr (Aut) 0:04:26  
35 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor 0:04:31  
36 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Kdl Cycling Team 0:04:50  
37 Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland 0:04:54  
38 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:05:00  
39 Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:05:13  
40 Christian Helmig (Lux) 0:05:17  
41 Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:05:18  
42 Fabio Ursi (Ita) Cx Merida Team - Dama Drc 0:05:34  
43 Emil Hekele (Cze) Stevens Bikes - Emilio Sport 0:06:29  
44 Thomas Paccagnella (Ita) Sportivi Del Ponte 0:06:33  
45 Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team 0:06:46  
46 Mike Garrigan (Can) Van Dessel 0:06:54  
47 Calle Friberg (Swe) Scott Sports 0:06:59  
-1lap Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies    
-2laps Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut    
-2laps Robert Glajza (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica    
Elite men World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 407  pts
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 353  
3 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 344  
4 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 313  
5 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 279  
6 Francis Mourey (Fra) Fdj.Fr 270  
7 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 267  
8 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink 264  
9 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 264  
10 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace 248  
11 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah 237  
12 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 229  
13 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 218  
14 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 209  
15 Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 199  
16 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 198  
17 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Kwadro - Stannah 197  
18 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro - Stannah 188  
19 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team 185  
20 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 163  
21 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 161  
22 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 160  
23 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 148  
24 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 148  
25 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 142  
26 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 129  
27 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor 123  
28 Sascha Weber (Ger) Veranclassic - Doltcini 120  
29 Simon Zahner (Swi) Ekz Racing Team 119  
30 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro - Stannah 118  
31 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji / Spy Optics 108  
32 Fabien Canal (Fra) 97  
33 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Kdl Cycling Team 95  
34 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale - Haderslev 82  
35 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) Lizarte 81  
36 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol. 79  
37 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea 76  
38 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 70  
39 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito 68  
40 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans - Apex 66  
41 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 65  
42 Robert Gavenda (Svk) 63  
43 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Bmc Development Team 55  
44 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG - Cycling Team 52  
45 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Specialized - Garmar 44  
46 Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 37  
47 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 36  
48 Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland 36  
49 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) 35  
50 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut 34  
51 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah 32  
52 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol. 30  
53 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale 29  
54 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida 29  
55 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) 25  
56 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 25  
57 Luca Braidot (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale 24  
58 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team 23  
59 Michal Malik (Cze) Kc Kooperativa Sg Jablonec 23  
60 Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek KCK Oslany 22  
61 Christian Helmig (Lux) 22  
62 Jordy Luisman (Ned) Team Lemelerveld 18  
63 Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio 18  
64 Daniel Geismayr (Aut) 17  
65 Joachim Parbo (Den) Cielo - Challenge - Bicyclista 17  
66 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) 15  
67 Emil Hekele (Cze) Stevens Bikes - Emilio Sport 15  
68 Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team 15  
69 Michael (Jr) Schweizer (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 14  
70 Ludovic Renard (Fra) Vs Chartrain 14  
71 Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino 14  
72 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 13  
73 Agustin Navarro Vidal (Spa) Ciudad De Oviedo - Nesta 11  
74 Aaron Schooler (Can) H&R BloCK 11  
75 Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 10  
76 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies 10  
77 Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio 10  
78 Angus Edmond (NZl) Stevens - Malteni 10  
79 Fabio Ursi (Ita) Cx Merida Team - Dama Drc 9  
80 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) Ec St Etienne - Loire 9  
81 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - Doltcini 8  
82 Thomas Paccagnella (Ita) Sportivi Del Ponte 7  
83 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized 7  
84 Filip Adel (Cze) Kc Hlinsko 6  
85 Mike Garrigan (Can) Van Dessel 5  
86 Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha - Focus 5  
87 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 5  
88 Calle Friberg (Swe) Scott Sports 4  
89 Max Walsleben (Ger) 4  
90 Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team 4  
91 Lukas Batora (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 2  
92 Robert Glajza (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 2  
93 Luc Lutsen (Fra) VC Toucy 1  
94 Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin 1