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Albert repeats at Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne

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World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) wins in Dottignies for the second straight year.

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) wins in Dottignies for the second straight year.
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Marcel Meisen (BKCP-Powerplus) alone in the lead.

Marcel Meisen (BKCP-Powerplus) alone in the lead.
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Arnaud Jouffroy (Telenet-Fidea)

Arnaud Jouffroy (Telenet-Fidea)
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Niels Albert ( BKCP-Powerplus) celebrates his win at the Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne

Niels Albert ( BKCP-Powerplus) celebrates his win at the Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne
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French champion Aurelien Duval in action at the Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne

French champion Aurelien Duval in action at the Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne
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2012 Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)

2012 Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)
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Gerben de Knegt (Orange Babies Cycling Team) hops a sector of barriers.

Gerben de Knegt (Orange Babies Cycling Team) hops a sector of barriers.
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Marcel Meisen (BKCP-Powerplus) digs deep

Marcel Meisen (BKCP-Powerplus) digs deep
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BKCP-Powerplus teammates Niels Albert and Marcel Meisen at the head of the race

BKCP-Powerplus teammates Niels Albert and Marcel Meisen at the head of the race
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Thijs Al (Telenet-Fidea)

Thijs Al (Telenet-Fidea)
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Niels Albert wins the Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne for the third time in his career

Niels Albert wins the Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne for the third time in his career
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Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) airs it out over a barrier.

Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) airs it out over a barrier.
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Jim Aernouts (Sunweb-Revor) scored an 8th place result

Jim Aernouts (Sunweb-Revor) scored an 8th place result
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World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)
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2012 Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne podium (L-R): Marcel Meisen, Niels Albert and Gerben de Knegt

2012 Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne podium (L-R): Marcel Meisen, Niels Albert and Gerben de Knegt
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Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus)

Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus)
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Niels Albert bunny-hops a section of barriers

Niels Albert bunny-hops a section of barriers
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Gerben de Knegt (Orange Babies Cycling Team_ en route to a third place finish.

Gerben de Knegt (Orange Babies Cycling Team_ en route to a third place finish.
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Niels Albert in action in Dottignies.

Niels Albert in action in Dottignies.
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Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) would finish fifth on the day.

Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) would finish fifth on the day.
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Lubomir Petrus (BKCP-Powerplus)

Lubomir Petrus (BKCP-Powerplus)
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Francis Mourey (FDJ-BigMat)

Francis Mourey (FDJ-BigMat)
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Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne runner-up Marcel Meisen (BKCP-Powerplus)

Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne runner-up Marcel Meisen (BKCP-Powerplus)
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For the third time in his career and the second year running, Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) has won the Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne. Albert's teammate Marcel Meisen finished second at six seconds while Gerben de Knegt (Orange Babies Cycling Team) won the sprint for third place, 26 seconds behind Albert.

Meisen was the early aggressor for BKCP-Powerplus and after approximately half the race was complete the German rode alone in the lead, albeit kept on a relatively tight leash. Reigning world champion Niels Albert then jumped from the chase group and bridged to Meisen alone.

On the penultimate lap the chasers were getting uncomfortably close to the leading BKCP-Powerplus duo, so Albert upped the pace to ensure they wouldn't be caught. Meisen, however, couldn't keep up with Albert but managed to hold on to second place on the day as the chasers became more concerned with the final podium position on the last lap than catching the German.

Full Results
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus1:03:24
2Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:06
3Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:00:26
4Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube0:00:27
5Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:28
6Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:30
7Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:00:35
8Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:00:43
9Jonathan Page (USA)0:00:45
10Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:47
11Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:01:07
12Matthias Bossuyt (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:32
13Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:02:17
14Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:33
15Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)
16Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
17Dany Lacroix (Bel)0:02:39
18Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea0:02:46
19Ritchie Denolf (Bel)0:03:22
20Gianni Denolf (Bel) Cyclingchamps0:03:24
21Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution Bicycles0:03:36
22Marco Bianco (Ita)0:04:52
23Quentin Bertholet (Bel)0:06:05
24Ludovic Vande Velde (Bel)

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