Meeusen guts out a hard fought World Cup win in Nommay

Mourey denied, Walsleben in third

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) TeamResult
1Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea1:00:45 
2Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr  
3Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:05 
4Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:01:01 
5Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah0:01:18 
6Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:01:23 
7Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:30 
8Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team  
9Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team0:01:39 
10Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:01:51 
11Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:02:04 
12Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:10 
13Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro - Stannah0:02:11 
14Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans - Apex0:02:12 
15Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha - Focus0:02:26 
16Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti0:02:34 
17Fabien Canal (Fra) Ec Armee De Terre0:02:41 
18Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti0:02:42 
19Simon Zahner (Swi) Ekz Racing Team0:02:53 
20Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:02:58 
21Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah0:03:04 
22Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team0:03:11 
23Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji / Spy Optics0:03:12 
24Arnaud Grand (Swi) Bmc Development Team0:03:28 
25Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:03:44 
26Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Us Domont Cyclisme0:04:02 
27Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) Lizarte0:04:10 
28Guillaume Perrot (Fra) Ec St Etienne - Loire0:04:23 
29Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:04:33 
30Micki Van Empel (Ned) Kdl Cycling Team0:04:35 
31Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com0:04:37 
32Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Progress Cycles Asd0:04:46 
33Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro - Stannah0:04:56 
34Sascha Weber (Ger) Veranclassic - Doltcini0:05:08 
35Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles0:05:21 
36Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:05:22 
37Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:05:39 
38Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:05:47 
39Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:05:52 
40Julien Pion (Fra) Ec Armee De Terre0:06:03 
41Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti0:06:08 
42Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange - Losch0:06:16 
43Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor  
44Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino0:06:22 
45Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com0:06:23 
46Laurent Colombatto (Fra) Amicale Cycliste Bisontin0:06:24 
47Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland0:06:51 
48Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Walter Meier Orbea Factory Team0:07:08 
49Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:07:30 
50Robert Gavenda (Svk)0:07:52 
51 (-1 lap)Michael Schweizer Jr (Ger) Stevens Racing Team  
52Emil Hekele (Cze) Stevens Bikes - Emilio Sport  
53Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team  
54 (-2 laps)Aaron Schooler (Can) H&R Block  
55Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
56Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol.  
57Damien Mougel (Fra) Velo Sprint Eguisheim  
58Hikaru Kosaka (Jpn) Utsunomia Britzen  
59Michal Malik (Cze) Kc Kooperativa Sg Jablonec  
60Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum / Kelly Benefit Strategies  
61 (-3 laps)Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team  
62Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica  
63Alexander Revell (NZl) Pnp Cycling Club  
64 (-4 laps)Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh - Clement  
65Angus Edmond (NZl) Stevens - Malteni  
66 (-5 laps)Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team  
Elite Men World Cup final standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Van Der Haar Lars (Ned) Rabobank Development Team467 pts
2Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus409 
3Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus392 
4Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team363 
5Francis Mourey (Fra) Fdj.Fr340 
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team321 
7Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea309 
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team308 
9Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace294 
10Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team279 
11Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah267 
12Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink264 
13Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti253 
14Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea249 
15Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro - Stannah226 
16Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet - Fidea225 
17Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team214 
18Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea212 
19Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus211 
20Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Kwadro - Stannah197 
21Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea179 
22Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles164 
23Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team163 
24Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica160 
25Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus157 
26Simon Zahner (Swi) Ekz Racing Team151 
27Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team151 
28Sascha Weber (Ger) Veranclassic - Doltcini137 
29Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji / Spy Optics136 
30Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro - Stannah136 
31Fabien Canal (Fra) Ec Armee De Terre131 
32Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor131 
33Micki Van Empel (Ned) Kdl Cycling Team116 
34Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) Lizarte105 
35Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans - Apex103 
36Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro - Stannah87 
37Arnaud Grand (Swi) Bmc Development Team82 
38Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale - Haderslev82 
39Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol.79 
40Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea76 
41Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team70 
42Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito68 
43Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team65 
44Robert Gavenda (Svk)64 
45Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Walter Meier Orbea Factory Team55 
46Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Us Domont Cyclisme50 
47Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale50 
48Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Specialized - Garmar44 
49Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti43 
50Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland40 
51Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha - Focus36 
52Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing36 
53Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra)35 
54Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut34 
55Guillaume Perrot (Fra) Ec St Etienne - Loire32 
56Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange - Losch31 
57Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls As Ml. Bol.30 
58Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale29 
59Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida29 
60Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team25 
61Luca Braidot (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale24 
62Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team23 
63Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti23 
64Michal Malik (Cze) Kc Kooperativa Sg Jablonec23 
65Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek Kck Oslany22 
66Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino21 
67Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com20 
68Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Progress Cycles Asd19 
69Jordy Luisman (Ned) Team Lemelerveld18 
70Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio18 
71Daniel Geismayr (Aut)17 
72Joachim Parbo (Den) Cielo - Challenge - Bicyclista17 
73Christoph Pfingsten (Ger)15 
74Emil Hekele (Cze) Stevens Bikes - Emilio Sport15 
75Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team15 
76Michael Schweizer Jr (Ger) Stevens Racing Team14 
77Ludovic Renard (Fra) Vs Chartrain14 
78Julien Pion (Fra) Ec Armee De Terre11 
79Agustin Navarro Vidal (Spa) Ciudad De Oviedo - Nesta11 
80Aaron Schooler (Can) H&R Block11 
81Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum / Kelly Benefit Strategies10 
82Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer - Caravanos Erandio10 
83Angus Edmond (NZl) Stevens - Malteni10 
84Fabio Ursi (Ita) CX Merida Team - Dama Drc9 
85Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - Doltcini8 
86Thomas Paccagnella (Ita) Sportivi Del Ponte7 
87Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized7 
88Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.com6 
89Filip Adel (Cze) Kc Hlinsko6 
90Laurent Colombatto (Fra) Amicale Cycliste Bisontin5 
91Mike Garrigan (Can) Van Dessel5 
92Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha - Focus5 
93Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team5 
94Calle Friberg (Swe) Scott Sports4 
95Max Walsleben (Ger)4 
96Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team4 
97Lukas Batora (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica2 
98Robert Glajza (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica2 
99Luc Lutsen (Fra) Vc Toucy1 
100Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin1 

 

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