Nys fights off challenge from Pauwels to win in Gavere

Landbouwkrediet rider Sven Nys won the fourth round of the Superprestige Series in Gavere, holding off Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) in a two-man sprint for the line. Nys' seventh victory in Gavere bolsters his lead in the series over world champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea), who finished fifth.

There were five riders who distanced the rest of the field: Nys, Pauwels, Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), Stybar and Klaas Vantornout  (Sunweb-Revor) gained half a minute on the first chasers after just two laps. Just before the halfway point Nys accelerated, which proved  too much for world champion Stybar and Vantornout.

Two laps later another surge from Nys put Albert into trouble, leaving just Pauwels to follow the Belgian champion. Albert remained a short distance from the two leaders but he was never able to close the six seconds on the leaders.

As expected Nys tried to shake off Pauwels on the final ascent of the climb towards the Grenier castle but Pauwels stayed on his wheel. The two headed for the sprint in the same position, with Pauwels regarded as the fastest sprinter. Pauwels tried to get past Nys on the left but the more experienced rider edged toward the barriers to reduce the space for Pauwels.

Nys had no time to throw his arms in the air but the shaking head from Pauwels said enough, Nys had just won in Gavere for the seventh time.

“This is great as I'm not often winning races this way. Kevin was riding very strong. In the finale I couldn't get rid of him on the climb so we had to sprint. I don't think I closed the door completely although it's true that I moved a bit from my line,” Nys said.

After claiming his first win of the season Pauwels almost captured two big wins in one weekend but in the sprint he made a couple of mistakes. “I thought the finishing straight was long enough to overtake Sven. He started the sprint right after the corner and I didn't get time to get my hands off the top bar. Sven was better in the mud and in the sprint; the strongest man won today,” Pauwels said.

About 20 seconds later Albert crossed the line in third place. Last year he ended Nys' series of victories in Gavere but this year Albert has yet to take a win. “That doesn't bother me too much. I'm happy with the way I rode today. When Nys attacked I dropped my chain. I was able to keep the gap within ten seconds but going a bit faster and coming back to them wasn't possible,” Albert said.

Behind the top three, Wellens worked hard to come back on Stybar and Vantornout. In the last laps he first caught Vantornout and in the last lap he even dropped the world champion and stormed to fourth place at just over one minute from Nys and Pauwels. Stybar missed out on a podium spot but holds on to his second place in the Superprestige Series. “I lacked the power today to stay with the leaders,” the young Czech explained.

The two US starters in Gavere rode a solid race. US champion Timothy Johnson (Cannondale) lined upon the front row but had a bad start. He showed persistence and eventually finished 12th while Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) had a great start and remained in the front group for almost two laps before fading back and finishing 14th.

British rider Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) had a good start but eventually pulled out. For a week he has been struggling with a headache that couldn't be diagnosed by the doctors. The two Canadian riders at the start didn't finish in the same lap as winner Nys.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:58:48
2Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:00:22
4Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:05
5Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:24
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:44
7Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:49
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team0:02:12
9Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team0:02:26
10Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:02:45
11Kenneth van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:02:48
12Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com0:02:51
13Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:03:11
14Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike0:03:18
15Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Rendement Hypo Cycling Team0:03:39
16John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:03:41
17Tom van den Bosch (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team0:04:19
18Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:05:00
19Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:05:07
20Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team0:05:21
21Jan Verstraeten (Bel) KDL-Trans0:05:40
22Radomir Simunek Jr. (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus0:05:49
23Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Mitchell Huenders (Ned) BKCP-PowerplusRow 24 - Cell 2
26Bjorn Rondelez (Bel)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Craig Richey (Can) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b BlueRow 26 - Cell 2
28Rene Birkenfeld (Ger) Harvesterhude RvRow 27 - Cell 2
29Kristof Zegers (Bel)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Calero Candalicio (Spa)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Shaun Adamson (Can) Cycle-SmartRow 30 - Cell 2
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Superprestige standings after 4 rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet56pts
2Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team51Row 1 - Cell 3
3Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus46Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team45Row 3 - Cell 3
5Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team45Row 4 - Cell 3
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team40Row 5 - Cell 3
7Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor31Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team24Row 7 - Cell 3
9Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team23Row 8 - Cell 3
10Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team20Row 9 - Cell 3
11Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor15Row 10 - Cell 3
12Steve Chainel (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12Row 11 - Cell 3
13Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus12Row 12 - Cell 3
14Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team12Row 13 - Cell 3
15Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus11Row 14 - Cell 3
16Kenneth van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Revor9Row 15 - Cell 3
17Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Rendement Hypo Cycling Team8Row 16 - Cell 3
18Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus5Row 17 - Cell 3
19Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com4Row 18 - Cell 3
20Jan Verstraeten (Bel) KDL-Trans3Row 19 - Cell 3
21Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team3Row 20 - Cell 3
22Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike3Row 21 - Cell 3
23Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team1Row 22 - Cell 3
24Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team1Row 23 - Cell 3


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