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Pauwels wins in messy GP Sven Nys

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Kevin Pauwels wins the GP Sven Nys

Kevin Pauwels wins the GP Sven Nys (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Philipp Walsleben (BKCP Powerplus)

Philipp Walsleben (BKCP Powerplus) (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Jan Denuwelaere (Style & Concept)

Jan Denuwelaere (Style & Concept) (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Vanthourenhout was left to debut the Crelan colours without Sven Nys

Sven Vanthourenhout was left to debut the Crelan colours without Sven Nys (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Thijs Al (Telenet Fidea)

Thijs Al (Telenet Fidea) (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Vantornout and Albert before the start in Baal

Vantornout and Albert before the start in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Radomir Simunek in his new Kwadro-Stannah kit in Baal

Radomir Simunek in his new Kwadro-Stannah kit in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Kevin Pauwels won the GP Sven Nys in Baal

Kevin Pauwels won the GP Sven Nys in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Marcel Miesen will have some mud stains to get out of his kit after the race in Baal

Marcel Miesen will have some mud stains to get out of his kit after the race in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Landbouwkrediet became Crelan on January 1

Landbouwkrediet became Crelan on January 1 (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Niels Albert eked out a third place after an ill-timed flat tyre

Niels Albert eked out a third place after an ill-timed flat tyre (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Klaas Vantornout finished fifth after leading the race early on

Klaas Vantornout finished fifth after leading the race early on (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma Quickstep) had a better day in Baal

Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma Quickstep) had a better day in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Niels Albert remained leader of the bpost Bank Trofee

Niels Albert remained leader of the bpost Bank Trofee (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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The sunweb managers were happy with the team's results in Baal

The sunweb managers were happy with the team's results in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sunweb rolled out its new co-title sponsor Napoleon Games in Baal

Sunweb rolled out its new co-title sponsor Napoleon Games in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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The podium for the GP Sven Nys: Stybar, Pauwels and Albert

The podium for the GP Sven Nys: Stybar, Pauwels and Albert (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Klaas Vantornout in the mud of Baal

Klaas Vantornout in the mud of Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Sven Vanthourenhout (Crelan) finished a distant 21st in Baal

Sven Vanthourenhout (Crelan) finished a distant 21st in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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The elite men's start in Baal took off without Sven Nys, who suffered from bronchitis

The elite men's start in Baal took off without Sven Nys, who suffered from bronchitis (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Davy Commeyne debuted the new Accent.Jobs-Wanty kit in Baal

Davy Commeyne debuted the new Accent.Jobs-Wanty kit in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Zdenek Stybar powers through the mud in Baal

Zdenek Stybar powers through the mud in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Arnaud Grand (BMC)

Arnaud Grand (BMC) (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Klaas Vantornout gets ready in Baal

Klaas Vantornout gets ready in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Stef Boden in Baal

Stef Boden in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Marcel Miesen carried his fair share of the Baal mud

Marcel Miesen carried his fair share of the Baal mud (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Jonathan Page enjoyed one of his best results of the season in Baal

Jonathan Page enjoyed one of his best results of the season in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Radomir Simunek in the GP Sven Nys

Radomir Simunek in the GP Sven Nys (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Kevin Cant in Baal

Kevin Cant in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Niels Alberrt (BKCP Powerplus) in Baall

Niels Alberrt (BKCP Powerplus) in Baall (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games)

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Kevin Pauwels before the start of the GP Sven Nys

Kevin Pauwels before the start of the GP Sven Nys (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Mariusz Gil (Kwadro-Stannah)

Mariusz Gil (Kwadro-Stannah) (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Arnaud Grand in Baal

Arnaud Grand in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Aurelien Duval in the GP Sven Nys

Aurelien Duval in the GP Sven Nys (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Kenneth van Compernolle

Kenneth van Compernolle (Image credit: Photopress.be)
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Stybar, Pauwels and Vantornout had the fastest laps in Baal

Stybar, Pauwels and Vantornout had the fastest laps in Baal (Image credit: Photopress.be)

There was no Sven Nys (Crelan) in his new team kit in the GP Sven Nys on New Year's Day in Baal, Belgium. The sixth round in the Bpost Bank Trofee series was confronted with the absence of the popular home rider due to illness. Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb – Napoleon Games) didn't mind and gratefully grabbed the flowers on a muddy Tuesday afternoon at the Balenberg in Baal. Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) has finished as runner-up five times in Baal but he once again had to settle for second place in 2013. Pauwels pleased his new co-sponsor Napoleon Games with a nice win at the start of the new year.

"That makes it extra nice. First I followed Stybar but then I rode away without even wanting to start a solo. It was early but I'm going better every time on these demanding courses," Pauwels said to Sporza.

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) controlled the damage by finishing third despite a ill-timed flat tyre. "This race remains my unlucky race. The first two laps were bad but from there I got going. Then I punctured right after the pit and my race was over. Too bad because I felt like I could bridge back up to the front. I was keen on trying to win here but when you're thrown backwards due to bad luck...I lost my morale," Albert said.

The world champion comfortably remains overall leader in the Bpost Bank Trofee series. He leads Pauwels by 3:53 in the general classification. Absent man Nys tumbled down the classification to seventh place at 10:10 from Albert. "It's a big gap knowing that there's two fast races coming up."

Pauwels' teammate Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb – Napoleon Games) claimed his part of the attention by leading the first two laps of the race. Vantornout gathered no more than 12 seconds on a large group of riders where Albert needed some time to recover from a bad start. By the third of seven laps Stybar powered forward on the muddy course around the Balenberg. At first Stybar's move was marked by Pauwels, Albert and Vantornout but half a lap later only Pauwels was capable of keeping up with the Czech rider. Early on in the fourth lap Pauwels took over command from Stybar and the latter had to bow his head for the superiority of the Belgian.

"Kevin was the strongest man today although I was enjoying the best day of my cyclo-cross campaign. I decided to ride in front at my own pace but I made too many mistakes to win. Even without mistakes I would not have won," Stybar said.

Pauwels dealt best with the tough muddy conditions and every lap he took about twenty seconds on chaser Stybar. At the finish Pauwels had a gap of more than a minute on Stybar. Albert was third at short distance. Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) was best of the second chasing group ahead of Vantornout and Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink – Leontien.nl). Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) won the fight for seventh place, powering forward in the last lap and finishing ahead of Bart Aernouts (AA Drink – Leontien.nl) and a strong Jonathan Page. The American rider held off Radomir Simunek (Kwadro-Stannah) who showed off his new team kit.

The last two rounds of the Bpost Bank Trofee series are held on February 9 and 24 in Lille and Oostmalle.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games1:01:00
2Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:09
3Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:20
4Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:29
5Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:01:35
6Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:01:44
7Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:02:24
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:02:28
9Jonathan Page (USA)0:02:35
10Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:42
11Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:02:44
12Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:59
13Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:03:12
14Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:03:32
15Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:03:43
16Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:49
17Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube0:04:03
18Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:04:11
19Patrick Gaudy0:04:57
20Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Crelan-KDL0:05:05
21Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-KDL0:06:07
22Davy Commeyne (Bel) Accent.Jobs-Wanty0:06:25
23Kevin Cant (Bel)0:06:33
24Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:06:40
25Justin Lindine (USA) Redline0:07:07
26Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized0:08:07
27 (-1 lap)Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole
28 (-2 laps)Bart Verschueren (Bel) Crelan-KDL
29 (-4 laps)Wouter Been (Ned)
DNFPhilipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus
DNFJim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games
DNFMariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco
DNFKenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept
DNFArnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea
DNFGareth Whittall
DNFLubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus
DNSSven Nys (Bel) Crelan-KDL
DNSTom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea
DNSDieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
DNSVincent Baestaens (Bel) Crelan-KDL

Intermediate sprint
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games15pts
2Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep10
3Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus5

Fast lap
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:08:32
2Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:08:32
3Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:08:34

Standings after six races
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus5:51:41
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:03:53
3Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:06:18
4Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:07:46
5Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:09:08
6Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:10:09
7Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-KDL0:10:11
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:12:39
9Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:15:37
10Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:15:52
11Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:17:57
12Jonathan Page (USA)0:18:50
13Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube0:19:42
14Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:19:43
15Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:20:30
16Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:21:07
17Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:21:09
18Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:22:30
19Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team0:22:31
20Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:22:45
21Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Crelan-KDL0:22:54
22Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:24:11
23Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-KDL0:24:41
24Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:25:12
25Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:25:15
26Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:25:30
27Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole0:26:13
28Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) 36Cycling0:26:20
29Mitchell Huenders (Ned)0:26:26
30Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:26:36
31Kevin Cant (Bel)0:26:40
32Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:27:20
33Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:27:29
34Romain Lejeune (Fra)0:27:31
35Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Crelan-KDL0:27:49
36Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:27:58
37Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:28:09
38Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games0:28:34
39Dave De Cleyn (Bel)0:29:11
40Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-BigMat0:29:13

Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-KDL9pts
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus8
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games5
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games4
5Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep2

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