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Albert wins in photo finish with Van der Poel

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Albert and van der Poel sprint to the line

Albert and van der Poel sprint to the line
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Jon Insausti (Caja Rural)

Jon Insausti (Caja Rural)
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Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea) finished well down in the results

Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea) finished well down in the results
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Albert and van der Poel quickly separated themselves from the bunch

Albert and van der Poel quickly separated themselves from the bunch
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Joeri Adams (Telenet Fidea)

Joeri Adams (Telenet Fidea)
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Enrico Franzoi made his return to the Belgian 'cross circuit

Enrico Franzoi made his return to the Belgian 'cross circuit
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Bart Aernouts (AA Drink)

Bart Aernouts (AA Drink)
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Niels Albert (BKCP Powerplus) in the lead group with Mathieu van der Poel and Rob Peeters

Niels Albert (BKCP Powerplus) in the lead group with Mathieu van der Poel and Rob Peeters
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Kiwi Alexander Revell

Kiwi Alexander Revell
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Pieter Vanspeybroucke (Topsport)

Pieter Vanspeybroucke (Topsport)
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Sven Nys on the run through the sand

Sven Nys on the run through the sand
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BKCP's Wietse Bosmans just can't find any luck lately. He snapped his derailleur.

BKCP's Wietse Bosmans just can't find any luck lately. He snapped his derailleur.
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Nys leads Aernouts and Mourey along the beach

Nys leads Aernouts and Mourey along the beach
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Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) spent much of the race chasing

Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) spent much of the race chasing
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Martin Bina (Kwadro-Stannah)

Martin Bina (Kwadro-Stannah)
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Francis Mourey (FDJ)

Francis Mourey (FDJ)
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Sven Nys had a crash and was out of podium contention

Sven Nys had a crash and was out of podium contention
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David van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus)

David van der Poel (BKCP Powerplus)
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Niels Albert wins with a bike throw over van der Poel

Niels Albert wins with a bike throw over van der Poel
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The photo finish between Albert and van der Poel

The photo finish between Albert and van der Poel
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Can you see who won? It took a microscope to see if Albert or van der Poel crossed first

Can you see who won? It took a microscope to see if Albert or van der Poel crossed first
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Mathieu van der Poel, Niels Albert and Rob Peeters on the podium

Mathieu van der Poel, Niels Albert and Rob Peeters on the podium
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Albert and van der Poel bring it down to the line

Albert and van der Poel bring it down to the line
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Mathieu van der Poel, Niels Albert and Rob Peeters on the podium

Mathieu van der Poel, Niels Albert and Rob Peeters on the podium
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The sprint was decided by millilmeters

The sprint was decided by millilmeters
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Niels Albert tailed by Rob Peeters

Niels Albert tailed by Rob Peeters
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Philipp Walsleben (BKCP Powerplus)

Philipp Walsleben (BKCP Powerplus)
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Laurens Sweeck (Crelan)

Laurens Sweeck (Crelan)
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Sven Nys limits his losses

Sven Nys limits his losses
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Van der Poel on the attack in Sint Niklaas

Van der Poel on the attack in Sint Niklaas
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Van der Poel on his own on the beach

Van der Poel on his own on the beach
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Mathieu van der Poel launched attack after attack, but couldn't dislodge Albert

Mathieu van der Poel launched attack after attack, but couldn't dislodge Albert
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Lubomir Petrus

Lubomir Petrus
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David van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus), brother of near-champion Mathieu

David van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus), brother of near-champion Mathieu
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Niels Albert (BKCP Powerplus) just barely got the better of his U23 teammate, winning the sprint by mere millimeters over Mathieu van der Poel in Sint Niklaas. The former world champion was only declared winner after a close examination of the film by the judges. Telenet-Fidea rider Rob Peeters rounded out the podium.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team1:03:40
2Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Enertherm-BKCP
3Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:29
4Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team0:00:49
5Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team0:01:03
6Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
7Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:01:05
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team
9Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team0:01:27
10Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:31
11Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti0:01:39
12Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team
13David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus0:02:12
14Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team0:02:35
15Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:54
16Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:02:57
17Patrick Gaudy (Bel) The Barracuda Company
18Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team
19Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:03:17
20Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:03:24
21Joeri Hofman (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team
22Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team
23Diether Sweeck (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team0:03:43
24Stijn Huys (Bel) Orange Babies Cycling Team
25Kevin Cant (Bel) Primator Cyclingteam0:03:57
26Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel)0:04:14
27Jonas Pedersen (Den)0:04:34
28Bart Hofman (Bel) Afdeling Oost-Vlaanderen WBV - VZW0:04:51
29Jon Insausti (Spa)0:05:22
30Niels Koyen (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team0:06:20
31 (-1 lap)Jeffrey Mellemans (Bel) Heylen Meubelcentrale Zlwc St. Truiden
32 (-2 laps)Antonin Marecaille (Fra) L´Enfer Dunord
33Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel)
34 (-3 laps)Edwin De Wit (Bel)
35Lorenzo Pepermans
36Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block
37James Spragg (GBr) Team Bergamont Bicycles by BMC Group
38 (-4 laps)Wouter Goosen (Bel) Zannata Cycling Team
39 (-5 laps)Alexander Revell (NZl)
DNFRadomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
DNFWietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team
DNFSven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team
DNFDavy Commeyne (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty Cycling Team
DNFBen Boets (Bel)
DNFDaan Soete (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team
DNFHendrik Sweeck (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team

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