Albert wins Gieten round of Superprestige series

Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) bounced back from a disastrous start on Sunday afternoon to grab the double at the fifth Superprestige round in Gieten, Netherlands. On Saturday the Belgian also won the World Cup round in Koksijde. Albert becomes the new leader of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series as former leader Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) pulled out when riding in last position after a crash and mechanical.

“Due to circumstances, I’m in the lead. It’s partly due to the bad luck from Nys – sorry for him – but it’s good for me. The next round in Diegem suits me well too,” Albert told Vier. “Right after the start I didn’t believe in my chances. I rode against someone’s foot in the first corner [...] and hit the deck. After picking up my bike I saw nobody.”

Albert was able to ride from wheel to wheel since the pack was stretched out in one long line. The double winner explained that his team-mates supported him on the road until he made up a lot of ground together with Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). “It gave me a lot of courage.”

Five laps into the twelve-lap race, Albert had the large front group in sight. Nys was setting the pace but one lap later, on a fast left hand corner, the world champion’s front wheel slid away. Nys seemed to be able to continue – he skipped the pit – but half a lap later, his derailleur wrecked his rear wheel. “I managed to recover from the crash but apparently my derailleur was harmed. That’s cycling. I’ve had many years without bad luck in the Superprestige. One year a broken derailleur ruined my chances and it seems to happen once again,” Nys said.

The world champion was forced to run a long time to reach the next pit. Nys faced an uphill task to ride back into the top-15 to get Superprestige points. During the eighth lap a group with Albert, Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) distanced the rest of the field when Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) seemed to park in an uphill running sand section.

A little later Albert put the pedal to the floor, quickly creating a decisive gap. While Albert kept going flat out on the long road sections Vantornout bowed his head. “There are no excuses. I wasn’t fit enough today and got worse every lap. Too bad because I was in a great positon,” Vantornout said.

Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) took over the command of the chase on the tenth lap. Meanwhile, Nys abandoned the race while riding in seventeenth position. “There’s too many guys ahead of me. The points are out of reach. This course is not technical enough to make the difference. Too bad because I felt good and was in control of the race,” Nys stated.

In front, Meeusen did all he could to close the gap on the two leaders, with Walsleben on his wheel, but he failed to close the final metres in the last lap. It seemed like local favourite Van der Haar was headed for a sprint victory but things turned out differently on the uphill sand section shortly before the finish line.

“Niels ran like a mad man. It was nearly impossible to keep up with my short legs but I tried to follow his steps. After hopping back on the bike I clicked out of my pedal after the fourth stroke while my chain dropped to the small ring. It was already hard to stay on his wheel so it was impossible to ride back to him,” Van der Haar said. Albert didn’t look back and crossed the line while releasing a scream of joy. “I wasn’t focused on the double. I’ve achieved it twice in 2008. My form is good and I’m happy for that,” Albert said.

The next round of the Supreprestige cyclo-cross series is held in Diegem on December 29.

Full Results

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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team1:01:35
2Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:15
3Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-PowerplusRow 3 - Cell 2
5Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:00:30
6Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:00:36
7Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Dieter Vnthourenhout (Bel)0:00:40
12Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:00:42
13Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:51
14Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:06
15Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:01:12
16Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team0:02:19
18Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:40
19Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:02:53
20Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team0:03:11
21Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:17
22Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor0:03:24
23Vinnie Braet (Bel)0:03:28
24Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:03:38
25Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team0:03:57
-1lapEddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-ApexRow 25 - Cell 2
-2lapsVincent Baestaens (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
-2lapsDavy Commeyne (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty Cycling TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
-2lapsBart Barkhuis (Bel)Row 28 - Cell 2
-3lapsMarkus Schulte-Lunzum (Bel)Row 29 - Cell 2
-3lapsKenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-HaderslevRow 30 - Cell 2
-4lapsEmil Hekele (Bel)Row 31 - Cell 2
-5lapsFredrik Edin (Bel)Row 32 - Cell 2
-5lapsAngus Edmond (NZl)Row 33 - Cell 2
-6lapsNiels Luisman (Bel)Row 34 - Cell 2
-6lapsRik van IJzendoorn (Bel)Row 35 - Cell 2
-6lapsTim Rieckmann (Bel)Row 36 - Cell 2
-7lapsVladi Riha (Bel)Row 37 - Cell 2
-7lapsJames Spragg (GBr) Team Bergamont Bicycles by BMC GroupRow 38 - Cell 2
-8lapSebastian Sattler (Bel)Row 39 - Cell 2
DNFSven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
DNFRadomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
DNFJoeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
DNFCorné van Kesseml (Bel)Row 43 - Cell 2
DNFLubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
DNFMitchell Huenders (Ned) RingsRow 45 - Cell 2
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Elite men Superprestige standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team66pts
2Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team58Row 1 - Cell 3
2Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team58Row 2 - Cell 3
4Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus53Row 3 - Cell 3
4Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team53Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team44Row 5 - Cell 3
7Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team38Row 6 - Cell 3
8Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team34Row 7 - Cell 3
9Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team33Row 8 - Cell 3
10Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team27Row 9 - Cell 3
11Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team23Row 10 - Cell 3
11Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team23Row 11 - Cell 3
13Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team21Row 12 - Cell 3
14Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team20Row 13 - Cell 3
15Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team9Row 14 - Cell 3
15Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team9Row 15 - Cell 3
17Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team6Row 16 - Cell 3
18Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team5Row 17 - Cell 3
19Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team4Row 18 - Cell 3
19Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team4Row 19 - Cell 3
21Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team3Row 20 - Cell 3
21Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team3Row 21 - Cell 3
23Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles2Row 22 - Cell 3
23Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team2Row 23 - Cell 3
23Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa)2Row 24 - Cell 3

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