Albert seals World Cup with Hoogerheide win

Pauwels, Nys best of the rest

A third UCI cyclo-cross World Cup win was more than enough for Belgian champion Niels Albert (BCKP-Powerplus) to clinch the overall series 7victory. The 24 year-old Belgian gapped Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) during the seventh lap on the slippery muddy course and he didn't allow his compatriot to bridge back up in the closing two laps.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) won the battle for the remaining podium spot from world champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) at half a minute behind winner Albert.

For Albert it is the fourth consecutive win in Hoogerheide where he won the Men U23 race in 2008, the elite men's world championships in 2009 and the two World Cup rounds that were organized since then. After winning the race, Albert surprised by saying he wasn't having great legs during the race on Sunday afternoon.

"I didn't have the sensations that I needed to ride a race," Albert said. Early on that was apparent since Albert wasn't featuring in the top 10.

Stybar had a fast start and quickly created a 20 second gap on a large group led by Timothy Johnson (Cannondale). "The others weren't slowing down but I figured that it was best for me to ride my own pace in front while I had the chance," Johnson told Cyclingnews.

Albert noticed that the efforts from Johnson and later Pauwels weren't enough to bring back leader Stybar. "We were not taking time back on Stybar until I led the chase after moving up in the group," Albert said. Despite taking time back on the leader Albert wasn't happy with the lack of support in the pursuit on world champion Stybar.

"I know that I wasn't going to lose the World Cup today but I didn't want to lose the race because others didn't want to co-operate in the chase. I told the guys in the pit that I would try one more time to get back to Stybar and if it wouldn't work out I would take my foot of the gas.

"I simply can't believe that Kevin wasn't able to do a bit of work because later in the race I gapped him and he was able to stay within ten seconds for several laps," Albert said.

It doesn't happen too often that once Stybar is brought back after creating such a big gap. The Czech rider explained that the training efforts of the past few weeks may have taken their toll during the second half of the race. "I made too many mistakes because I was no longer feeling fresh. I'm actually never feeling good in Hoogerheide while I'm always feeling great one week later at the world championships," Stybar said.

With less than three laps remaining Albert had another acceleration left in his legs. Stybar, Nys and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) were quickly dropped but Pauwels remained within reach. The gap never grew up to more than 10 seconds but it was enough for Albert to win once again in Hoogerheide.

Pauwels was second at 6 seconds from Albert. Nys and Stybar battled for third place and it was Nys who won the prestige duel. "It's always better to finish on than off the podium. Last week I wasn't able to respond on any acceleration while today was much different. On both occasions I finished third but today that was a well-deserved result; I'm happy," Nys said.

After a great start Johnson lost a bit of ground during the second half of the race and he eventually finished 16th. Jonathan Page (Planetbike) made the best of his race after a not-so-great start by finishing twentieth. Fellow US-riders James Driscoll (Cannondale) and Jeremy Powers (Cannondale) finished respectively 28th and 36th. British rider Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) was 35th.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 1:04:21  
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:06  
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:32  
4 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:37  
5 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:00:38  
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:47  
7 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:00  
8 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ 0:01:11  
9 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:01:35  
10 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 0:02:00  
11 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:02:05  
12 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
13 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:06  
14 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) 0:02:16  
15 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:02:26  
16 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld 0:02:29  
17 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 0:02:34  
18 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:02:40  
19 Christian Heule (Swi) 0:02:43  
20 Jonathan Page (USA) 0:02:49  
21 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) 0:02:58  
22 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 0:03:10  
23 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink/ 0:03:12  
24 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:28  
25 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink/ 0:03:29  
26 Mariusz Gil (Pol) 0:03:30  
27 Marco Bianco (Ita) 0:03:43  
28 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld 0:03:59  
29 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower Mtb-Racing 0:04:06  
30 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet - Fidea 0:04:11  
31 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:04:12  
32 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)    
33 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi 0:04:23  
34 Marek Cichosz (Pol) 0:04:29  
35 Ian Field (GBr) 0:04:39  
36 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld 0:04:44  
37 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 0:04:52  
38 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink/ 0:05:04  
39 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) 0:05:07  
40 René Birkenfeld (Ger) 0:05:11  
41 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) 0:05:16  
42 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:05:44  
43 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) 0:06:08  
44 (-1 lap) Fabio Ursi (Ita)    
45 Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn)    
46 Hannes Genze (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
47 Ludovic Renard (Fra)    
48 Wilant Van Gils (Ned)    
49 Gusty Bausch (Lux)    
50 David Kasek (Cze)    
51 (-2 laps) Roy Van Heeswijk (Ned)    
52 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)    
53 Tommy Nielsen (Den)    
54 (-3 laps) Atsushi Maruyama (Jpn)    
55 Derrick St John (Can)    
56 Craig Richey (Can)    
57 (-4 laps) Daniel Ania Gonzalez (Spa)    
58 (-5 laps) Shaun Adamson (Can)    
DNF Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP - Powerplus    
DNF Sascha Weber (Ger)    
DNF Mitchell Huenders (Ned)    
Final World Cup standings
1 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 570 pts
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 499  
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 484  
4 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 392  
5 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 369  
6 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 357  
7 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 341  
8 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 330  
9 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 299  
10 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 294  
11 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 290  
12 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 261  
13 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 260  
14 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 259  
15 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus 254  
16 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ 252  
17 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 246  
18 Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 242  
19 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 240  
20 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 240  
21 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 214  
22 Marco Bianco (Ita) 199  
23 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 190  
24 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 175  
25 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof 170  
26 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 165  
27 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 159  
28 Jonathan Page (USA) 153  
29 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 152  
30 Radomir Simunek Jr. (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 149  
31 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) 144  
32 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 133  
33 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 129  
34 Timothy Johnson (USA) 117  
35 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 110  
36 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 105  
37 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 104  
38 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 102  
39 David Kášek (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 89  
40 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 82  
41 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 80  
42 Jeremy Powers (USA) 78  
43 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 76  
44 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 74  
45 James Driscoll (USA) 73  
46 Romain Villa (Fra) 69  
47 Fabio Ursi (Ita) Buergi 66  
48 Sacha Weber (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 59  
49 Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia-Felt 52  
50 Florian Le Corré (Fra) Flers Cyclisme 61 47  
51 Joachim Parbo (Den) Kch Leopard Cycles 47  
52 Laurent Colombatto (Fra) AC Bisontine 46  
53 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 41  
54 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 39  
55 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 39  
56 Wilant van Gils (Ned) CX Nederland 39  
57 Kenneth van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 37  
58 Pirmin Lang (Swi) Buergi 37  
59 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) AC Bisontine 30  
60 Simon Zahner (Swi) 29  
61 Marco Ponta (Ita) 27  
62 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor 26  
63 Rene Birkenfeld (Ger) Harvesterhude Rv 26  
64 Ludovic Renard (Fra) Oceane Cycle Poitevin 25  
65 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 24  
66 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 23  
67 Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 22  
68 David Lozano Riba (Spa) 21  
69 Tommy Nielsen (Den) 21  
70 Daniel Ruiz Echeandia (Spa) 20  
71 Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) 20  
72 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 19  
73 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 19  
74 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) 18  
75 Geert van der Horst (Ned) 18  
76 Mauro Gonzalez Fontan (Spa) 17  
77 Mik Garrigan (Can) 17  
78 Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Spa) 16  
79 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 15  
80 David Juarez Alday (Spa) 15  
81 Craig Richey (Can) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue 15  
82 Derrick St John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy 14  
83 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 13  
84 René Lang (Swi) 12  
85 Julien Pion (Fra) 11  
86 Václav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 11  
87 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) 9  
88 Michael Schweizer (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 7  
89 Shaun Adamson (Can) Cycle-Smart 6  
90 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica 6  
91 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 6  
92 Hannes Genze (Ger) 5  
93 Antonio Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 5  
94 Mark Lalonde (USA) Cal Giant-Specialized 3  
95 David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 3  
96 Gusty Bausch (Lux) 3  
97 Robert Glajza (Svk) BKP 2  
98 Paul Voss (Ger) 1  
99 Xabier Garcia Irazola (Spa) 1  

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