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January 20, Elite Men: Hoogerheide

Bina emerges victorious at Hoogerheide

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
January 20, 2013, 15:28 GMT,
Updated:
January 20, 2013, 16:20 GMT

Albert wins cyclo-cross World Cup

Martin Bina (Czech Republic) won the final round of the World Cup in the snow of Hoogerheide, Netherlands. Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) was fifth on the slippery course, enough to secure the overall victory in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.

Snow and ice were the main ingredients for the World Cup finale in Hoogerheide. The usual suspects were too uncomfortable with the snow and finished off the podium. Outsiders stepped into the spotlight and 29 year-old iceman Martin Bina proved to be the best of them, taking his first-ever World Cup victory. Home rider Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) and Simon Zahner (Switzerland) joined the junior world champion of 2001 on the podium.

“This race for me this race was very technical, very speed and that’s good for me. It’s a very important victory for me,” Bina said.

Niels Albert profited from a late chain problem for Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) to claim the overall win in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup. Pauwels finishes runner-up while Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) is third overall.

The splendid win from Bina comes as a major surprise. The Czech never finished in the top 10 of a World Cup round this season but clearly the cold circumstances were in his favour. Together with Pauwels, the Czech showed off great technical skills to stay upright and ride fast on the challenging course in Hoogerheide. Halfway through the race, Bina and Lars van der Haar increased the pace in the six-man lead group which also contained Radomir Simunek (Kwadro-Stannah), Zahner, Pauwels and Albert. The two Belgians, Pauwels and Albert, were eying each other for the overall win in the World Cup and lost touch with the leaders. By the end of the sixth of nine laps, Bina managed to get a gap. Behind him the chasers hesitated.

“The initiative only came from Kevin [Pauwels] or me. When he dropped his chain it was up to me. I came back on him but then I bobbled. In the final lap I came close again but not close enough,” Van der Haar said.

Bina completed a nearly perfect ride in the snow. Only in the final lap did he slip and fall on the ground but the Czech recovered well. At the finish line, Bina had a gap of 7 seconds on Van der Haar. In the battle for third place, Sven Nys came close to the wheel of Simon Zahner but the latter stood firm and held on to take his first podium finish in a World Cup race.

Nys was riding near the front in the first laps until he crashed on his backside while running off an extremely slippery drop. From there he lost a lot of ground whereas Zahner moved up to the lead group in the second lap. Zahner left the initiative to the others and although he made some mistakes, they weren’t enough to keep him from finishing on the podium.

Nys explained he never felt comfortable on the slippery course. “I was afraid to crash and lose everything,” Nys said, referring to potential injuries which might harm his participation in the Louisville world championships. “Many times I lost several seconds because I was afraid to make a mistake. Form-wise I’m good but not super.”

Newly crowned Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) crashed hard during Saturday’s race in Zonnebeke. Due to a torn muscle in his thigh he didn’t take the start in Hoogerheide. Vantornout dropped from fourth to seventh place in the World Cup classification. Vantornout is also uncertain for the world championships which take place in two weeks’ time in Louisville.

 

 

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Martin Bina (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor 1:02:17  
2 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 0:00:07  
3 Simon Zahner (Swi) 0:00:11  
4 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony Cycling Team 0:00:22  
5 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team 0:00:27  
6 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team    
7 Francis Mourey (Fra) Francaise des Jeux 0:00:33  
8 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:42  
9 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:46  
10 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 0:00:49  
11 Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team 0:00:59  
12 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:10  
13 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) 0:01:15  
14 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team 0:01:17  
15 Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink/ Leontien.nl Pro 0:01:40  
16 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink/ Leontien.nl Pro 0:01:56  
17 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) 0:02:07  
18 Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:11  
19 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL 0:02:12  
20 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:02:13  
21 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:02:14  
22 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team 0:02:19  
23 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 0:02:22  
24 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:02:29  
25 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team 0:03:08  
26 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor 0:03:14  
27 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:28  
28 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus Cycling Team 0:03:34  
29 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:41  
30 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 0:03:56  
31 Andreas Moser (Swi) 0:04:38  
32 Ole Quast (Ger) 0:04:46  
33 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:05:00  
34 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 0:05:01  
35 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:05:03  
36 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:05:16  
37 Jaime Juncal Martinez (Spa) 0:05:38  
38 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:05:48  
39 (-2 laps) Mauro Gonzalez Fontan (Spa)    
40 Milan Barenyi (Svk)    
41 Martin Haring (Svk)    
42 Romain Lejeune (Fra)    
(-3 laps) Micki Van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL    
44 (-4 laps) Robert Glajza (Svk)    
45 Alexander Revell (NZl)    
46 (-5 laps) Lewis Rattray (Aus)    
47 (-6 laps) Alberto Candelas Caballero (Spa)    
World Cup final standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Niels Albert (Bel) Bkcp - Powerplus 540  pts
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 515  
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - Euphony 506  
4 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 411  
5 Bart Aernouts (Bel) 372  
6 Radomir Simunek (Cze) 361  
7 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 356  
8 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 348  
9 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) 318  
10 Simon Zahner (Swi) 298  
11 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 276  
12 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 274  
13 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) 266  
14 Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 264  
15 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) 263  
16 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Bkcp - Powerplus 252  
17 Martin Bina (Cze) 245  
18 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) 244  
19 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Bkcp - Powerplus 239  
20 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 236  
21 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Bkcp - Powerplus 232  
22 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) 227  
23 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) 214  
24 Thijs Al (Ned) 211  
25 Mariusz Gil (Pol) 192  
26 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) 174  
27 Lubomir Petrus (Cze) Bkcp - Powerplus 165  
28 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) 160  
29 Jonathan Page (USA) 145  
30 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 122  
31 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) 122  
32 Jeremy Powers (USA) 113  
33 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) 110  
34 Micki Van Empel (Ned) 109  
35 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) 99  
36 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke - Shanks 94  
37 Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 93  
38 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) 83  
39 Arnaud Grand (Swi) 77  
40 Aurelien Duval (Fra) 75  
41 Ian Field (GBr) 74  
42 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 73  
43 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 71  
44 Martin Haring (Svk) 68  
45 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 67  
46 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 65  
47 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) 65  
48 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 63  
49 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 58  
50 Timothy Johnson (USA) 57  
51 Elia Silvestri (Ita) 54  
52 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) 52  
53 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 46  
54 Petr Dlask (Cze) 43  
55 Marco Ponta (Ita) 43  
56 Christian Helmig (Lux) 42  
57 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea 39  
58 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 38  
59 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 35  
60 Andreas Moser (Swi) 31  
61 Ole Quast (Ger) 31  
62 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan - Euphony 30  
63 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ 26  
64 David Kasek (Cze) 26  
65 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 23  
66 Robert Glajza (Svk) 22  
67 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) 21  
68 Lewis Rattray (Aus) 20  
69 Justin Lindine (USA) 18  
70 Robert Gavenda (Svk) 18  
71 Romain Lejeune (Fra) 18  
72 Stefano Capponi (Ita) 17  
73 Alexander Revell (NZl) 17  
74 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) 16  
75 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 15  
76 Jaime Juncal Martinez (Spa) 14  
77 Sascha Weber (Ger) 14  
78 Aaron Schooler (Can) 13  
79 Adrien Pascal (Fra) 13  
80 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa) 13  
81 Mauro Gonzalez Fontan (Spa) 12  
82 Fabio Ursi (Ita) 12  
83 Thomas Paccagnella (Ita) 11  
84 Jeremy Durrin (USA) 11  
85 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) 11  
86 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) 10  
87 Martin Loo (Est) 9  
88 Michael Boros (Cze) 9  
89 Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) 8  
90 Gusty Bausch (Lux) 8  
91 Yannick Mayer (Ger) 7  
92 David Quist (Nor) 7  
93 Mark Mcconnell (Can) 6  
94 Ludwig Söderquist (Swe) 5  
95 Alberto Candelas Caballero (Spa) 4  
96 Zach Mcdonald (USA) 4  
97 Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) 4  
98 Angus Edmond (NZl) 4  
99 Emil Arvid Olsen (Den) 3  
100 Marco Bianco (Ita) 3  
101 Ondrej Glajza (Svk) 1