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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #7 2011

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January 16, 2011

January 16, Elite Men:

Pauwels wins the sprint in Pont-Château

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
January 16, 2011, 15:24 GMT,
Updated:
January 16, 2011, 17:55 GMT

Albert takes second, Nys third

Kevin Pauwels (Telenet - Fidea) outsprinted Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus) to win round 7 of the 'cross World Cup.

Kevin Pauwels (Telenet - Fidea) outsprinted Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus) to win round 7 of the 'cross World Cup.

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Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) beat Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) in an exciting two-man duel that ended in a battle for the last corner and a sprint, at the seventh round of the UCI's cyclo-cross World Cup in Pont-Château, France. Back in 2004 Pauwels won the U23 cyclo-cross world championships on the same course.

“It's a course that suits me. Around New Year the courses were tough but I'm performing better on the so-called lighter courses,” Pauwels said after capturing his biggest win of the season. It's Pauwels' second World Cup victory of his career, after winning in Zolder last year.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) did not have a great day but he did manage to win the sprint ahead of a large chase group, to take third, almost a minute behind the two leaders. World Cup leader Albert remains in the overall lead with a comfortable gap over Pauwels. World champion Zdenek Stybar wasn't present in Pont-Château.

On the fast and non-technical course a large group of riders remained together during the first two laps. Then World Cup leader Albert moved forward and he clocked a blistering fast third lap. Right behind him Sven Vanthourenhout (Sunweb-Revor) blew up tying to chase him and even a rider like Nys was clearly in trouble, allowing Albert to open a sizeable gap.

At that moment Pauwels was deliberating on what to do while riding in fifth place. “I started well today but when Niels attacked during the third lap I sat too far in the group. I figured I still had the possibility to close the gap and it narrowly worked out well,” Pauwels said.

The eventual winner was followed by Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus), Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) and Steve Chainel (FDJ). The five leaders hit the fourth lap and a second surge by Albert took its toll on Walsleben, Vantornout and Chainel. While the leading duo steamed away in front there was a cease-fire behind, at the end of the fourth lap. The two Belgians in front quickly opened a lead of 45 seconds which allowed them to complete the final five laps while keeping control of the chase group.

“We focused on staying in front,” Pauwels said.

During the final lap, 12 chasers were battling for third place. Italian champion Marco Aurelio Fontana led this group in the first section but then lost focus and hit a pole. The crash from Fontana took down plus Walsleben, Vantornout and Francis Mourey (FDJ) too. Bart Aernouts (Rabo-Giant Offroad), Chainel, Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea), Nys, John Gadret (Bouygues Telecom), Enrico Franzoi (BKCP-Powerplus) and then Timothy Johnson (Cannondale) managed to manoeuvre around the pile-up.

Up front the leading duo hit the long sloping uphill stretch and Pauwels tried a first attempt to shake off Albert. It didn't work out and Pauwels claimed he had struggled with his pedal. “I clicked out of my pedal several times today. I don't think it would be possible to avoid the sprint though,” Pauwels said.

On the next uphill stretch that led to a left-hand corner and the finish line the duo rode shoulder to shoulder with Pauwels on the left and Albert on the right.

“The sprint was contested before the final corner. He wanted to hit it too fast and that's why he lost time, making it easy for me,” Pauwels said. Pauwels lost his pedal once again but Albert lost time by going on the outside of the corner and quickly accepted defeat.

“That I lost is my own fault. I had a gap of a metre when hitting the corner. I could've hit him into the fence but wisely choose not to do that. In the end I did a good job as it's now virtually impossible to lose overall victory. Even if Pauwels wins the last World Cup round I have enough points with a result in the top-15,” Albert told Sporza.

Almost a minute later it was Nys who won the same battle for the lead position going into the left-hand corner, ahead of Chainel and Aernouts. Nys stood tall and a disappointed Chainel had to settle for fourth place on home soil.

“Third place was the best possible result because all race long I had to cling on to other riders. I was lucky when they crashed in front of me but it's my own merit that I'm on the podium,” Nys told Sporza.

Halfway into the race Timothy Johnson profited from a cease-fire in the chase group to join the battle for third place. Despite avoiding the last lap crash that included Fontana and co., Johnson finished outside the top-10, rolling across the line in 12th place.

“Well that wasn't so bad... a couple of crashes in the beginning, getting dizzy so many laps,” Johnson Twittered right after the race. British rider Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) was 15th and Jeremy Powers 19th. The latter took the honours of grabbing the hole shot and leading the peloton during the first stretches of the French course.

In the World Cup standings Albert has a huge gap of 61 points over Pauwels. Nys is third at 71 points behind Albert. Both riders are the only ones left with a theoretical chance of stealing the overall win from Albert as there are 80 points at stake for a victory in the last round of the World Cup next week in Hoogherheide, in the Netherlands.
 

Full Results
1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 1:01:46  
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:03  
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:40  
4 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ 0:00:41  
5 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:00:42  
6 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:47  
7 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:50  
8 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:52  
9 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 0:00:53  
10 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:55  
11 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 0:00:57  
12 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 0:00:58  
13 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 0:01:12  
14 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 0:01:17  
15 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:01:22  
16 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 0:01:23  
17 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof 0:01:29  
18 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 0:01:32  
19 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 0:01:40  
20 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:01:43  
21 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 0:01:44  
22 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 0:01:45  
23 Florian Le Corré (Fra) Flers Cyclisme 61 0:01:46  
24 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:51  
25 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:02:00  
26 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:02:07  
27 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 0:02:13  
28 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 0:02:14  
29 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:02:31  
30 Ludovic Renard (Fra) Oceane Cycle Poitevin 0:02:32  
31 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 0:03:13  
32 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 0:03:29  
33 Marco Bianco (Ita) 0:03:37  
34 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 0:03:38  
35 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 0:03:44  
36 Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 0:03:51  
37 Derrick St John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy 0:03:53  
38 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) 0:03:54  
39 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:04:06  
40 Julien Pion (Fra) 0:04:36  
41 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:05:00  
42 Craig Richey (Can) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue  -2laps  
43 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team    
44 Rene Birkenfeld (Ger) Harvesterhude Rv    
45 Shaun Adamson (Can) Cycle-Smart  -6laps  
World Cup standings after round 7
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 490 pts
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 429  
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 419  
4 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 348  
5 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 327  
6 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 302  
7 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 301  
8 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 294  
9 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 282  
10 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 266  
11 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus 254  
12 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 235  
13 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 230  
14 Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 229  
15 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 227  
16 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 224  
17 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 221  
18 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 215  
19 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ 206  
20 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 202  
21 Marco Bianco (Ita) 175  
22 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 164  
23 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 156  
24 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 152  
25 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 146  
26 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof 140  
27 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 137  
28 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) 134  
29 Radomir Simunek Jr. (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 129  
30 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 123  
31 Jonathan Page (USA) 122  
32 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 114  
33 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 113  
34 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 104  
35 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 102  
36 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 93  
37 David Kášek (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 88  
38 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 82  
39 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 82  
40 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 81  
41 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 80  
42 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 76  
43 Romain Villa (Fra) 69  
44 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 65  
45 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 63  
46 Fabio Ursi (Ita) Buergi 59  
47 Sacha Weber (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 59  
48 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 50  
49 Florian Le Corré (Fra) Flers Cyclisme 61 47  
50 Joachim Parbo (Den) Kch Leopard Cycles 47  
51 Laurent Colombatto (Fra) AC Bisontine 46  
52 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 41  
53 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 39  
54 Pirmin Lang (Swi) Buergi 37  
55 Wilant van Gils (Ned) CX Nederland 36  
56 Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia-Felt 35  
57 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) AC Bisontine 30  
58 Simon Zahner (Swi) 29  
59 Marco Ponta (Ita) 27  
60 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor 26  
61 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 23  
62 Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 22  
63 Ludovic Renard (Fra) Oceane Cycle Poitevin 21  
64 David Lozano Riba (Spa) 21  
65 Tommy Nielsen (Den) 21  
66 Daniel Ruiz Echeandia (Spa) 20  
67 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 19  
68 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 19  
69 Geert van der Horst (Ned) 18  
70 Mauro Gonzalez Fontan (Spa) 17  
71 Mik Garrigan (Can) 17  
72 Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Spa) 16  
73 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 15  
74 David Juarez Alday (Spa) 15  
75 Craig Richey (Can) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue 15  
76 Rene Birkenfeld (Ger) Harvesterhude Rv 15  
77 Derrick St John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy 14  
78 Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) 14  
79 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 13  
80 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 12  
81 René Lang (Swi) 12  
82 Julien Pion (Fra) 11  
83 Václav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 11  
84 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 10  
85 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) 9  
86 Michael Schweizer (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 7  
87 Shaun Adamson (Can) Cycle-Smart 6  
88 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica 6  
89 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 6  
90 Antonio Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 5  
91 Mark Lalonde (USA) Cal Giant-Specialized 3  
92 David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 3  
93 Robert Glajza (Svk) BKP 2  
94 Paul Voss (Ger) 1  
95 Gusty Bausch (Lux) 1  
96 Xabier Garcia Irazola (Spa) 1