Pauwels prevails at Rome 'cross World Cup

Albert regains overall World Cup lead with 2nd place result

On a blisteringly fast course at the Capannelle hippodrome on the outskirts of Rome, one rider showed that he’s hard to beat on this type of course, as the quietly-spoken Belgian rider Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb – Napoleon Games) claimed a convincing win that puts him back in contention for the overall win in the cyclo-cross World Cup. Pauwels joined teammate Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb – Napoleon Games) in front in a tactical move which left World Cup leader and World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) behind in a chase group with Italian champion Marco Aurelia Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) and Francis Mourey (FDJ-Big Mat). Albert eventually exploited a late mechanical from Vantornout to take second place.

“It was a perfect course for me. It was fast and I could use my power. Niels probably wasn’t happy with our move but that’s the benefit of being with two in a team. Vantornout? It’s too bad, otherwise he would have been runner-up,” Pauwels said.

Thanks to his second place, Albert limited the damage for the overall standings of the World Cup in Rome, losing only ten on Pauwels. Albert now holds 485 points, Pauwels 469. That was in stark contrast to Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony), who entered the race as co-leader of the World Cup. Due to illness in the previous weeks, however, Nys was never able to make a fist of it and he steadily lost ground. The Belgian champion finished twentieth and drops back to third place overall with 446 points. “I gave everything but got worse every metre. You can’t defend your chances if you’re ill. I’m not sure if I’ll take part in the Belgian championships [next week]. I wasn’t ill enough to skip this race, but I couldn’t go faster,” Nys told Sporza.

A surprise presence on the podium was Marco Aurelio Fontana. Despite a bad starting position, the Italian worked his way to the front group, helped by the small crowds who showed up to cheer him on. Fontana moved up from a spot outside the top-20 to a fifth place on the third lap. The Italian closed the gap on the four-man lead group with Pauwels, Vantornout, Mourey and Albert few laps later.

In the closing laps, Fontana battled with Albert and Mourey for third place. Albert gapped the Italian but suddenly the duo blasted over Vantornout who stood next to his bike, putting his chain back on the bike. On crossing the line Fontana was exuberant in his celebrations, and by pointing his hands in the air he seemed to dedicate the win to late Burry Stander, the mountain bike rider who died only a few days ago.

Despite his bad luck, Vantornout finished fifth, half a minute behind teammate Pauwels. Lars van der Haar (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) was best of the rest, winning the sprint for sixth place at 50 seconds from the winner. Van der Haar originally was part of the lead group. During the third lap he even led the race but at that moment he overshot a corner and went over the handlebars.

Full Results
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games1:01:17 
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:16 
3Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing0:00:22 
4Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ0:00:27 
5Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:00:32 
6Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant Off-Road Team0:00:50 
7Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah0:00:51 
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:00:53 
9Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:01:02 
10Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:01:10 
11Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite0:01:12 
12Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor0:01:13 
13Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team  
14Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:01:14 
15Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus  
16Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube0:01:16 
17Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole0:01:34 
18Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite0:01:40 
19Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:50 
20Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:02:10 
21Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
22Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:12 
23Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:02:13 
24Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:15 
25Niels Wubben (Ned) Giant Off-Road Team0:02:18 
26Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:02:22 
27Micky van Empel (Ned) Crelan-KDL0:02:39 
28Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:02:41 
29Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:02:44 
30Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)0:02:56 
31Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:58 
32Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica0:03:01 
33Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo  
34Stefano Capponi (Ita)0:03:15 
35Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta - Fitness / Specialized0:03:18 
36Christian Helmig (Lux) Elbowz Racing p/b Trisport0:03:21 
37Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor0:03:23 
38Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Crelan-KDL0:03:25 
39Fabio Ursi (Ita)0:03:26 
40Thomas Paccagnella (Ita) ADV Team0:03:27 
41Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:35 
42Martin Loo (Est)0:03:49 
43Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:05:03 
44Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes0:05:41 
45Adrien Pascal (Fra) -1lap 
46Robert Glajza (Svk) -3laps 
47David Quist (Nor) -4laps 
World Cup standings after round 7
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus485pts
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games469 
3Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony446 
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games356 
5Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant Off-Road Team341 
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team336 
7Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah311 
8Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ300 
9Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team283 
10Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea276 
11Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea250 
12Niels Wubben (Ned) Giant Off-Road Team236 
13Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite235 
14Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team233 
15Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus232 
16Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team219 
17Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea218 
18Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team214 
19Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus213 
20Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus212 
21Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing Team189 
22Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team187 
23Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea178 
24Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole174 
25Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor165 
26Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah155 
27Jonathan Page (USA)145 
28Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus142 
29Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team138 
30Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) Grupo Hiremet Taldea122 
31Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus113 
32Micky van Empel (Ned) Crelan-KDL101 
33Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks94 
34Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ93 
35Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Crelan-KDL90 
36Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor85 
37Jirí Polnický (Cze) Whirlpool - Author83 
38Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea77 
39Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube75 
40Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing65 
41Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep65 
42Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 9365 
43Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)63 
44Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica58 
45Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld57 
46Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized57 
47Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite54 
48Guillaume Perrot (Fra)46 
49Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls TJ Auto Škoda46 
50Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta - Fitness / Specialized43 
51Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo43 
52Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)42 
53Christian Helmig (Lux) Elbowz Racing p/b Trisport42 
54Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa)35 
55Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games34 
56Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-Euphony30 
57Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing29 
58Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)26 
59David Kášek (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tábor26 
60Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea26 
61Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept23 
62Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet23 
63Mitchell Huenders (Ned)21 
64Justin Lindine (USA) Redline18 
65Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencín Trek18 
66Stefano Capponi (Ita)17 
67Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes16 
68Kenneth Hansen (Den) Baboco15 
69Robert Glajza (Svk)15 
70Lewis Rattray (Aus)15 
71Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de14 
72Aaron Schooler (Can) Norco Bicycles - SRI Importing13 
73Adrien Pascal (Fra)13 
74Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa)13 
75Fabio Ursi (Ita)12 
76Ole Quast (Ger)12 

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