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Albert solos to victory in Cincinnati

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Word champion Niels Albert signs autographs before racing the Cincinnati Kings International.

Word champion Niels Albert signs autographs before racing the Cincinnati Kings International. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Dollar bills were on offer atop the run-up.

Dollar bills were on offer atop the run-up. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Nies Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) rides to victory at the Cincinnati Kings International, his final race prior to Worlds in Louisville.

Nies Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) rides to victory at the Cincinnati Kings International, his final race prior to Worlds in Louisville. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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A racer reaches for a dollar bill suspended via a fishing pole on the run-up.

A racer reaches for a dollar bill suspended via a fishing pole on the run-up. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Niels Albert warms up for his final race prior to Worlds - the Cincinnati Kings International.

Niels Albert warms up for his final race prior to Worlds - the Cincinnati Kings International. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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The men's podium (L-R): Wietse Bosmans, Niels Albert and Jeremy Powers

The men's podium (L-R): Wietse Bosmans, Niels Albert and Jeremy Powers (Image credit: Kent Baumgardt)
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World champion Niels Albert on the mic in Cincinnati.

World champion Niels Albert on the mic in Cincinnati. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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The BKCP-Powerplus bus of world champion Niels Albert and teammate Wietse Bosmans.

The BKCP-Powerplus bus of world champion Niels Albert and teammate Wietse Bosmans. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) resplendent in his rainbow-striped skinsuit.

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) resplendent in his rainbow-striped skinsuit. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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World champion Niels Albert on the mic in Cincinnati.

World champion Niels Albert on the mic in Cincinnati. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) alone in the lead.

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) alone in the lead. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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A view up Heckle Hill to the ghoul

A view up Heckle Hill to the ghoul (Image credit: Kent Baumgardt)
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Niels Albert leads Vojtech Nipl

Niels Albert leads Vojtech Nipl (Image credit: Kent Baumgardt)
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Jeremy Powers leads the men's field at the start

Jeremy Powers leads the men's field at the start (Image credit: Kent Baumgardt)
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Niels Albert dives off the flyover

Niels Albert dives off the flyover (Image credit: Kent Baumgardt)
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World champion Niels Albert jumps the barriers

World champion Niels Albert jumps the barriers (Image credit: Kent Baumgardt)
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Powers leads the way

Powers leads the way (Image credit: Kent Baumgardt)
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Ryan Trebon

Ryan Trebon (Image credit: Kent Baumgardt)

Outgoing world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) honoured his rainbow-striped kit one final time this season at the Cincinnati Kings International as the 26-year-old Belgian rode to victory one weekend prior to the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, to be contested in nearby Louisville, Kentucky. Albert's compatriot and trade teammate Wietse Bosmans, a contender for the U23 world title in one week's time, finished in second, nine seconds down, while the USA's Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) rounded out the top three seven seconds behind Bosmans.

The fans came to see the world champion put on a show in Cincinnati and that’s exactly what Albert gave them Saturday afternoon. After graciously signing autographs and posing for pictures, Albert took to the front of the elite men's race from the start and quickly turned the screws. Stringing out the group over the camel-hump switchback feature, the rubber band snapped. Albert led the front group with Vojtech Nipl (Czech National Team), teammate Wietse Bosmans and US national champion Jonathan Page (ENGVT) on his wheel coming down the flyover.

Within two laps, however, Albert’s power was too much for the others and he rode off the front to a nine-second gap on the chasing trio of Nipl, Bosmans and Page. At the halfway point, Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) showed his face near the front after being stuck in early traffic as he closed to within a few seconds of the Page, Nipl and Bosmans group.

Then the wheels came off for Nipl. As the 20-year-old Czech faded, the rest smelled blood with Bosmans and Page digging hard in an effort to solidify the podium. Meanwhile, with three laps to go, Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld) and Powers made contact with Nipl and worked together on the soft climb to the pit.

With two to go, Page began to lose his grip on Bosmans. Seeing the fading Page, Powers dug hard and broke free of Trebon. The effort gassed Nipl, who would drop to seventh behind compatriot Radomir Simunek (Kwadro-Stannah).

While it may have been a day at the office for Albert, it was a stellar ride for Jeremy Powers and, finishing ahead of Page, perhaps a little redemption from the US national championships.

Ohio Valley local Andrew Dillman (Bob’s Red Mill), who will represent the US in the U23 men's world championship event in his hometown of Louisville next week, had a stellar ride and finished 10th.

Full Results
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:59:01
2Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:09
3Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus0:00:16
4Jonathan Page (USA) ENGVT0:00:23
5Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:29
6Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah0:00:39
7Vojtech Nipl (Cze) Czech National Team0:02:10
8Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team0:02:30
9James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:02:37
10Andrew Dillman (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team0:04:05
11Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Challenge Tires0:04:42
12Mike Garrigan (Can) Blacksmithcycle/Stage-Race0:05:06
13Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:05:14
14Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada0:05:28
15Craig Richey (Can) SponsorConnected.com p/b Ridley Bikes0:05:59
16Eric Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&M0:06:22
17Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team-1lap
18Mike Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart-3laps
19Andrew L'Esperance (Can) Norco Factory Team
20William Elliston (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team
21Eric Anderson (USA) Zipp Factory Team
22Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team
23Andy Reardon (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team
24Chase Dickens (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team
25Andre Sutton (Can) Hardcore Bikes
26Conor O'Brien (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery
27Sven Baumann (Ger) Wolverine Sports Club
28Ryan Gamm (USA) Ohio Valley Velo Sports-4laps
29Alexander Revell (NZl) New Zealand National Team
30Jason Monk (USA) Main Street Velo
31Ray Smith (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team
32Joshua Prater (USA) Speedway Wheelman
33Jason Wagner (USA) Flatlandia
34Tim Yuska (USA) Iron Cycles-5laps
35Teodoro Ramos (USA) Iron Cycles
36Benjamin Anemone (USA) Bicycle Therapy / Melitta
37Jim Gentes (USA) Buy-Cell.com
38Charles Arensberg (USA) Morgan Stanley /Specialized
39David Rose (USA) Team WHAYNE

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