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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #7 2014

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January 26

January 26, Elite Men:

Meeusen guts out a hard fought World Cup win in Nommay

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
January 26, 2014, 14:49 GMT,
Updated:
January 26, 2014, 15:57 GMT

Mourey denied, Walsleben in third

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) celebrates his victory in Nommay

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) celebrates his victory in Nommay

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The World Cup finale in Nommay, France, turned into a muddy thriller in which three riders battled for the French flowers. It came down to a sprint in which fast man Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) had no problems beating local favourite Francis Mourey (FDJ) and Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus). After winning the Koppenbergcross early on in the season it's only the fourth win of the season for Meeusen. Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) finished fourth in this seventh round of the World Cup which was more than enough to rack up the overall win.

Meeusen, a 25 year-old Belgian rider, wasn't worried about wasting energy one week ahead of the world championships in Hoogerheide. "Don't ask me about bad luck for the rider who wins the last race before worlds. I didn't win so much this season so I'm happy with every race that I can win. I've beaten him [Mourey] before in the sprint for third place in Kalmthout but never for first place. I'm really happy that I can win in his country," Meeusen said in the post-race flash interview.

Meeusen showed his ambitions right from the start. He powered away from the rest and quickly led the race solo. He allowed German champion Walsleben en teammate Corné van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea) to come back. In the background Mourey realized he was missing the right train and he set up a comeback ride.

Halfway into the third lap Mourey closed the gap with the three leaders but when he did Walsleben attacked. In no time Walsleben and Meeusen gapped Van Kessel and Mourey. A little later Van Kessel slipped away and lost contact with the leaders.

Further back Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) was doing much more than needed to secure his overall World Cup win, as he rode in fifth place with Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). Walsleben put Meeusen into trouble in the first half of the course but the Belgian rider managed to bridge back up to the German by the end of the lap. Meanwhile Mourey kept going hard, receiving a lot of support from the home crowd who would have loved to see a French victory on Sunday afternoon.

When hitting the sixth lap a hard-working Walsleben looked back and saw Meeusen and Mourey on his wheel. The French champion led that sixth lap and once again Meeusen was in trouble in the first muddy part of the Brognard course. Meeusen needed most of that lap to get back to the front but when hitting the finishing straight there were again three leaders. The same scenario came in the penultimate lap in which Walsleben set the pace. In the final lap Meeusen turned the script around.

"I had one bad section on this course where I always lost a lot of time. That's why I led the group there in the final lap. If I could pass there in front I would not lose a lot of ground like I did every lap," Meeusen said. Meeusen's plan worked out perfectly and the trio hit the second part of the final lap all together. Mourey led most of it, countering one late acceleration from Meeusen and Walsleben. Mourey led out the sprint but he was quite easily beaten by Meeusen, disappointing the many French spectators. Walsleben sat up and rolled in as third.

One minute later Van der Haar crossed the finish line with his hands in the air. His fourth place was more than enough to pick up the 30,000 euros for his overall World Cup victory. Radomir Simunek (Kwadro-Stannah) rode his best race of the season and finished fifth ahead of Pauwels who had a late crash.

In the battle for the seventh and final spot in the Belgian selection for the world championships Wietse Bosmans (BKCP-Powerplus) did the best job. He finished seventh, beating rivals Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) and Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) who finished respectively ninth and twentieth. Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) only managed a twelfth place. World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) did not take the start in Nommay.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 1:00:45  
2 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr    
3 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:00:05  
4 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:01:01  
5 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah 0:01:18  
6 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:23  
7 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:30  
8 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team    
9 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:01:39  
10 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:51  
11 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:04  
12 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:02:10  
13 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro - Stannah 0:02:11  
14 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans - Apex 0:02:12  
15 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha - Focus 0:02:26  
16 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:02:34  
17 Fabien Canal (Fra) Ec Armee De Terre 0:02:41  
18 Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:02:42  
19 Simon Zahner (Swi) Ekz Racing Team 0:02:53  
20 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:58  
21 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah 0:03:04  
22 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team 0:03:11  
23 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji / Spy Optics 0:03:12  
24 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Bmc Development Team 0:03:28  
25 Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:03:44  
26 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Us Domont Cyclisme 0:04:02  
27 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) Lizarte 0:04:10  
28 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) Ec St Etienne - Loire 0:04:23  
29 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:04:33  
30 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Kdl Cycling Team 0:04:35  
31 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 0:04:37  
32 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Progress Cycles Asd 0:04:46  
33 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro - Stannah 0:04:56  
34 Sascha Weber (Ger) Veranclassic - Doltcini 0:05:08  
35 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:05:21  
36 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:05:22  
37 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 0:05:39  
38 Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:05:47  
39 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:05:52  
40 Julien Pion (Fra) Ec Armee De Terre 0:06:03  
41 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:06:08  
42 Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange - Losch 0:06:16  
43 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor    
44 Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino 0:06:22  
45 Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 0:06:23  
46 Laurent Colombatto (Fra) Amicale Cycliste Bisontin 0:06:24  
47 Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland 0:06:51  
48 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Walter Meier Orbea Factory Team 0:07:08  
49 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:07:30  
50 Robert Gavenda (Svk) 0:07:52  
51 (-1 lap) Michael Schweizer Jr (Ger) Stevens Racing Team    
52 Emil Hekele (Cze) Stevens Bikes - Emilio Sport    
53 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team    
54 (-2 laps) Aaron Schooler (Can) H&R Block    
55 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - Doltcini    
56 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol.    
57 Damien Mougel (Fra) Velo Sprint Eguisheim    
58 Hikaru Kosaka (Jpn) Utsunomia Britzen    
59 Michal Malik (Cze) Kc Kooperativa Sg Jablonec    
60 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum / Kelly Benefit Strategies    
61 (-3 laps) Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team    
62 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica    
63 Alexander Revell (NZl) Pnp Cycling Club    
64 (-4 laps) Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh - Clement    
65 Angus Edmond (NZl) Stevens - Malteni    
66 (-5 laps) Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team    
Elite Men World Cup final standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Van Der Haar Lars (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 467  pts
2 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 409  
3 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 392  
4 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 363  
5 Francis Mourey (Fra) Fdj.Fr 340  
6 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 321  
7 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 309  
8 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 308  
9 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace 294  
10 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 279  
11 Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah 267  
12 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink 264  
13 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 253  
14 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 249  
15 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro - Stannah 226  
16 Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 225  
17 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team 214  
18 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea 212  
19 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 211  
20 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Kwadro - Stannah 197  
21 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 179  
22 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 164  
23 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 163  
24 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 160  
25 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 157  
26 Simon Zahner (Swi) Ekz Racing Team 151  
27 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 151  
28 Sascha Weber (Ger) Veranclassic - Doltcini 137  
29 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji / Spy Optics 136  
30 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro - Stannah 136  
31 Fabien Canal (Fra) Ec Armee De Terre 131  
32 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor 131  
33 Micki Van Empel (Ned) Kdl Cycling Team 116  
34 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) Lizarte 105  
35 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans - Apex 103  
36 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah 87  
37 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Bmc Development Team 82  
38 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale - Haderslev 82  
39 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol. 79  
40 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea 76  
41 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 70  
42 Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito 68  
43 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 65  
44 Robert Gavenda (Svk) 64  
45 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Walter Meier Orbea Factory Team 55  
46 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Us Domont Cyclisme 50  
47 Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 50  
48 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Specialized - Garmar 44  
49 Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 43  
50 Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland 40  
51 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha - Focus 36  
52 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 36  
53 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) 35  
54 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut 34  
55 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) Ec St Etienne - Loire 32  
56 Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange - Losch 31  
57 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol. 30  
58 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale 29  
59 Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida 29  
60 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 25  
61 Luca Braidot (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale 24  
62 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team 23  
63 Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 23  
64 Michal Malik (Cze) Kc Kooperativa Sg Jablonec 23  
65 Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek Kck Oslany 22  
66 Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino 21  
67 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 20  
68 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Progress Cycles Asd 19  
69 Jordy Luisman (Ned) Team Lemelerveld 18  
70 Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio 18  
71 Daniel Geismayr (Aut) 17  
72 Joachim Parbo (Den) Cielo - Challenge - Bicyclista 17  
73 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) 15  
74 Emil Hekele (Cze) Stevens Bikes - Emilio Sport 15  
75 Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team 15  
76 Michael Schweizer Jr (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 14  
77 Ludovic Renard (Fra) Vs Chartrain 14  
78 Julien Pion (Fra) Ec Armee De Terre 11  
79 Agustin Navarro Vidal (Spa) Ciudad De Oviedo - Nesta 11  
80 Aaron Schooler (Can) H&R Block 11  
81 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum / Kelly Benefit Strategies 10  
82 Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio 10  
83 Angus Edmond (NZl) Stevens - Malteni 10  
84 Fabio Ursi (Ita) CX Merida Team - Dama Drc 9  
85 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - Doltcini 8  
86 Thomas Paccagnella (Ita) Sportivi Del Ponte 7  
87 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized 7  
88 Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com 6  
89 Filip Adel (Cze) Kc Hlinsko 6  
90 Laurent Colombatto (Fra) Amicale Cycliste Bisontin 5  
91 Mike Garrigan (Can) Van Dessel 5  
92 Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha - Focus 5  
93 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 5  
94 Calle Friberg (Swe) Scott Sports 4  
95 Max Walsleben (Ger) 4  
96 Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team 4  
97 Lukas Batora (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 2  
98 Robert Glajza (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 2  
99 Luc Lutsen (Fra) Vc Toucy 1  
100 Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin 1