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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #8 2010

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January 17, 2010

January 17, Elite Men:

Stybar wins in Roubaix

Brecht Decaluwé
January 17, 2010, 15:51 GMT,
January 17, 2010, 20:59 GMT

Czech rider overtakes Albert in World Cup standings

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet - Fidea) celebrates his win.

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet - Fidea) celebrates his win.

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Czech champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) took over the lead in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup from World Champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) by winning the World Cup round in Roubaix on Sunday in grand style. Stybar threw his fists in the air on the famed Paris-Roubaix vélodrome and won ahead of Belgians Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor), Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet), Erwin Vervecken and Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea). Albert finished on a disappointing eighth place in Roubaix and now trails Stybar by 16 points in the World Cup standings with only one round left in the series.

"This is unbelievable. Of course, I'm happy but I didn't expect it," Stybar said. "I've only just returned from a training week in Majorca, and I was feeling tired. The first few laps were reasonable, but then I was doing worse, and I lost positions."

"At one moment, I was able to move back up, and suddenly I was in the lead," Stybar said, recalling his acceleration during the sixth of nine laps. "It was ideal because I ended up leading the race together with my teammate [Bart] Wellens who was very motivated because he was still fighting for a spot in the Belgian selection for the World Championships."

Besides a minor dropping in places by Belgian champion Nys, who recovered well, the first half of the race, was marked by a natural selection that created an eight-man leaders' group including Stybar, Albert, Vantornout, Nys, Vervecken, Wellens, Gerben De Knegt (Rabobank) and local hero Steve Chainel (Bbox Bouygues Telecom).

Disappointing the local crowds, Chainel fell off the pace of the rest of the group and the first chasers after an acceleration from Stybar and Wellens. However, he Chainel eventually finished as first French rider in ninth place.

After the sixth lap, Stybar and Wellens had 20 seconds on Nys, Vantornout, Vervecken and Albert, who was unable to bring the chasers back to his closest rival in the World Cup standings. Half a lap later, Albert had to say goodbye to the first chase group, too. He would go on to finish in eighth, one spot ahead of Chainel.

"This way it wasn't possible to race. I suffered a lot because of my chest [Albert broke a rib last weekend. - Ed.], and it's very sad that I could not defend my chances in a fair way," Albert said.

Stybar was able to ride the seventh lap 15 seconds faster than anybody else and thus he rode Wellens off his wheel. Nys, Vantornout and Vervecken were trailing Stybar by 25 seconds at that moment in the race.

During the remaining laps, Stybar was never in trouble and the popular Czech got to start celebrating his win before he actually hit the track for the final stretch of the race.

Vantornout had most energy left of the chasers, and he stormed toward second place ahead of Nys, Vervecken and Wellens, who was running on empty during the last lap. Once again it was "close but no cigar" for Vantornout, who never came closer to a World Cup victory this season.

"I'd rather win, and I was not far away from doing so. The first four laps I wasn't feeling good, but in the end I was getting stronger every lap," Vantornout said.

Belgian champion Nys explained that a hectic week kept him from being fresh at the start in Roubaix. "Every day there was something going on that kept me from training on a normal way. Whereas the Czech champion can travel to Majorca the day after the championships, the Belgian champion has to race in Otegem. Then there was also a team presentation... . I simply wasn't fresh enough to win today,."

When Vervecken raced in Roubaix in 2007, he claimed a win over De Knegt. And while he finished fourth today - better than he'd expected, it wasn't quite as good. "I had a good day, but I suffered an awful lot. I'm very happy, and I think I showed that I'm a level above the other two riders who're claiming a spot [in the Belgian selection for the World Championships]," Vervecken said to Cyclingnews.


The American riders didn't have their best day in Roubaix. Before the race, Jonathan Page was expected to go well on the muddy course that includes lots of running, but Page messed up his start and punctured during the third lap, forcing him to ride all along the track and beyond with a flat tyre.

Page got going on the fourth lap. "I'm disappointed that I had that flat tyre and a bad start. Maybe a top-10 result was possible, but I wasn't give the chance to see if that was true. The start was terrible, and I ended up riding on the inside, off the track. That flat tyre soaked a lot of energy even though I tried hard to control damages."

"Eventually I rode my own race and figured I'd better use the race as a good training," said a muddy post-race Page to Cyclingnews.

Compatriot Ryan Trebon rode his first European race of the season in Roubaix; the tall American has a love-hate-relation with the legendary vélodrome. "Last year I said I would never come back and now I remember why. It's so hard, I've never been so f*****d up."

"It was impossible to stay with anybody as everybody's riding at his own speed on this course. There was so much running, and when you got back on the bike the concrete was hard to get through. My bad start didn't help, of course. I blew up my engine before halfway and actually I hoped Stybar would lap me so I wouldn't have to complete another lap," Trebon said to Cyclingnews.

As if he hasn't suffered enough, the former US national champion also had his wheels stolen from the pit during the race. "Things like that happen at a small race, but you wouldn't expect that at a World Cup event where the pit is only accessible for official pit crew," Trebon said. Other American riders like Jamey Driscoll and Troy Wells were lapped during the penultimate World Cup round.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 1:02:19  
2 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:00:08  
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:16  
4 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 0:00:25  
5 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:00:38  
6 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank 0:01:00  
7 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank 0:01:12  
8 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:32  
9 Steve Chainel (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:43  
10 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP - Powerplus 0:01:55  
11 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 0:02:03  
12 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 0:02:12  
13 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 0:02:41  
14 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 0:03:02  
15 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 0:03:03  
16 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) 0:03:06  
17 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:13  
18 Jonathan Page (USA) 0:03:20  
19 Christian Heule (Swi) 0:03:26  
20 Mariusz Gil (Pol) 0:03:34  
21 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:03:37  
22 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 0:03:41  
23 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) 0:03:53  
24 Thijs Al (Ned) 0:04:44  
25 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) 0:04:50  
26 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) 0:05:18  
27 Martin Bina (Cze) 0:05:26  
28 Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia - Felt 0:05:27  
29 Marco Bianco (Ita) 0:05:30  
30 David Derepas (Fra) 0:05:31  
31 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) 0:05:32  
32 Laurent Colombatto (Fra) 0:05:43  
33 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Continental Team Differdange 0:06:22  
34 Joachim Parbo (Den) 0:06:41  
35 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) 0:06:55  
36 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) 0:07:04  
37 Fabio Ursi (Ita) 0:07:19  
38 René Lang (Swi) 0:07:33  
39 Ryan Trebon (USA) 0:07:42  
40 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) 0:07:56  
-1lap Ondrej Bambula (Cze)    
-1lap Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)    
-1lap Magnus Darvell (Swe)    
-2laps James Driscoll (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home    
-2laps Mike Garrigan (Can)    
-2laps Robert Glajza (Svk)    
-2laps Andreas Moser (Swi)    
-2laps Ivar Hartogs (Ned)    
-2laps Gusty Bausch (Lux)    
-3laps Roy Van Heeswijk (Ned)    
-3laps Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn)    
-4laps Martin Haring (Svk)    
-4laps Erik Box (Can)    
-5laps Boldbaatar Bold-Erdene (Mgl)    
-5laps Ariunbold Naranbat (Mgl)    
DNF Troy Wells (USA)    
DNF Milan Barenyi (Svk)    
DNF Ian Field (GBr)    
DNF Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita)    
DNS Vaclav Metlicka (Svk)    

Elite men World Cup standings after eight rounds

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 565  pts
2 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 551  
3 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 480  
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 457  
5 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank 380  
6 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 375  
7 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank 355  
8 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux 332  
9 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 326  
10 Christian Heule (Swi) 313  
11 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP - Powerplus 312  
12 Steve Chainel (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 274  
13 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) 268  
14 Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus 267  
15 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus 244  
16 Martin Bina (Cze) 243  
17 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet - Fidea 240  
18 Mariusz Gil (Pol) 237  
19 Thijs Al (Ned) 231  
20 Jonathan Page (USA) 223  
21 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 222  
22 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) 221  
23 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor 213  
24 Marco Bianco (Ita) 195  
25 Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) 159  
26 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 150  
27 Laurent Colombatto (Fra) 141  
28 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) 139  
29 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) 135  
30 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) 127  
31 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) 126  
32 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) 120  
33 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) 117  
34 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) 116  
35 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus 113  
36 David Derepas (Fra) 111  
37 Alessandro Gambino (Ita) 98  
38 Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder 98  
39 Fabio Ursi (Ita) 96  
40 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof 88  
41 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) 86  
42 Jonathan Lopez (Fra) 71  
43 Ian Field (GBr) 71  
44 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 70  
45 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea 59  
46 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 54  
47 Ivar Hartogs (Ned) 54  
48 Joachim Parbo (Den) 49  
49 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Continental Team Differdange 48  
50 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) 48  
51 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) 47  
52 James Driscoll (USA) Jamis - Sutter Home 46  
53 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 43  
54 Robert Glajza (Svk) 43  
55 Pawel Szczepaniak (Pol) 41  
56 Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia - Felt 40  
57 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) 37  
58 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet - Fidea 35  
59 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 33  
60 Lukas Kloucek (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 30  
61 Elia Silvestri (Ita) 29  
62 Sascha Weber (Ger) 28  
63 Martin Haring (Svk) 28  
64 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 27  
65 Roy Van Heeswijk (Ned) 26  
66 Sascha Wagner (Ger) 26  
67 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 25  
68 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) 24  
69 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) 23  
70 René Lang (Swi) 23  
71 Marco Ponta (Ita) 21  
72 Jan Soetens (Bel) 20  
73 Troy Wells (USA) 20  
74 David Seco Amundarain (Spa) 16  
75 Unai Yus Kerejeta (Spa) 15  
76 Andreas Moser (Swi) 15  
77 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet Ebh Elshof 14  
78 Daniel Ruiz Echeandia (Spa) 14  
79 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) 13  
80 Zdenek Mlynar (Cze) 13  
81 Ryan Trebon (USA) 12  
82 Jody Crawforth (GBr) 11  
83 Tommy Nielsen (Den) 11  
84 Julien Pion (Fra) 10  
85 Jens Westergren (Swe) 10  
86 Gusty Bausch (Lux) 10  
87 David Lozano Riba (Spa) 9  
88 Clément Bourgoin (Fra) 9  
89 Magnus Darvell (Swe) 8  
90 Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) 7  
91 Mike Garrigan (Can) 6  
92 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram 6  
93 Peter Presslauer (Aut) 4  
94 Marek Canecky (Svk) 3  
95 Zoltan Tisza (Hun) 2  
96 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1  
97 Rafael Visinelli (Ita) 1