World Champion Niels Albert showed his stripes with a dominant performance in the C1 'cross in Leuven. The BKCP-Powerplus rider stormed away from the field in the second lap and soloed to the win by almost a minute over Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) and Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet).
As Albert put on his one-man show, Pauwels emerged alone from the chasing group about halfway through the race, but never threatened the lead of Albert.
Nys, who suffered a slow start, eventually put the rest behind him in pursuit of the podium, beating out the Telenet-Fidea riders Rob Peeters and Tom Meeusen.
The only bit of drama in the race was a frightening face-plant by Bart Wellens on the barriers. The former world champion stood dazed for a moment, but despite having pain in his head and neck he continued, finishing in 10th place.
|1||Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus||0:59:15|
|2||Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor||0:00:30|
|3||Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony||0:00:52|
|4||Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea||0:00:54|
|5||Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea||0:00:58|
|6||Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team|
|7||Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus|
|8||Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony|
|9||Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus||0:01:06|
|10||Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea||0:01:12|
|11||Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team||0:01:19|
|12||Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor||0:01:37|
|13||Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team||0:01:41|
|14||Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus||0:01:54|
|15||Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus||0:02:11|
|16||Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube||0:02:25|
|17||Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team||0:02:45|
|18||Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea||0:02:53|
|19||Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team||0:02:58|
|20||Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor||0:03:10|
|21||Jonathan Page (USA)|
|22||Wout van Aert (Bel) Telenet-Fidea||0:03:15|
|23||Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL|
|24||Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea||0:03:37|
|25||Diether Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL|
|26||Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL||0:04:40|
|27||Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco||0:04:58|
|28||Toon Aerts (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL||0:05:15|
|29||Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet-Fidea|
|30||Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea|
|31||Bart De Vocht (Bel)||0:06:25|
|32 (-1 lap)||Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea|
|33||Patrick Gaudy (Bel)|
|34||Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony|
|35||Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea|
|36 (-2 laps)||Hendrik Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL|
|37||Davy Commeyne (Bel)|
|38 (-3 laps)||Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel)|
|39||Berne Vankeirsbilck (Bel)|
|40||Aaron Schooler (Can) Norco Bicycles - SRI Importing|
|41||Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel)|
|42 (-4 laps)||Niels Koyen (Bel)|
|43||Lorenzo Pepermans (Bel)|
|44||Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution Bicycles|
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