Nys runs away with Hamme-Zogge Superprestige

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) dominated the third round of the Superprestige series in Hamme-Zogge, Belgium, with a performance that blew the tactics and hopes of his major rivals.

The 36 year-old Belgian national champion took flight on the fourth of eleven laps on the blistering fast course and never looked back. Lap after lap Nys worked his way through the huge crowds, always adding some precious seconds to his lead and giving him a relatively easy victory.

It was Nys' third win out of three in the Superprestige series and so he extended his lead over world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), who finished second in Zogge.

“This win was for my son. It’s his birthday tomorrow so this is a perfect gift. Especially because it’s a nice race,” Nys said.
“I didn’t honestly expect to go the distance that early in the race but once I was alone in front, I managed to ride a pace that I could do for without blowing up the engine. If they'd came back to me, I would still have something left.”

Nys explained that he didn’t notice when exactly he distanced the rest of the lead group during the fourth lap. Young rider Lars van der Haar (Rabo-Giant Offroad Team) struggled on a short steep bump and blocked the rest of the group, allowing Nys to take flight.

“I rode too close behind Nys. It’s a mistake like many other mistakes I’m still making but that’s part of being a young rider,” Van der Haar admitted.

Fellow big favourite Niels Albert had already taken out of contention when he messed up his start and rode outside the top-25 places for most of the first lap.

“I didn’t click into my pedal,” Albert sighed at the post-race press talk. “Somehow I tend to miss my start once in every ten races. I didn’t panic but when they crashed ahead of me, I lost contact with the guys in front."

The front group included Nys, Bart Aernouts (AA Drink-Leontien.nl) and race organizer Jurgen Mettepenningen's favourite: Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor).

During the third lap, Nys tried to get away but Pauwels quickly got back on his wheel. “Early on I felt like I was the second strongest rider in the race,” Pauwels said. A little later Van der Haar moved past Pauwels and looked good, until he struggled on the climb and allowed Nys to get a gap.

Albert was still moving up in the pack and during the fifth lap he surged forward towards the chase group. When Albert bridged up with Pauwels, Van der Haar and Aernouts, the gap on Nys was between ten and fifteen seconds. Albert tried to move up and lead the chase but then he suddenly lost contact with the chasers. It wasn't his day.

“My front derailleur was broken and my chain dropped off a couple of times. Before that I thought it was possible to close the gap on Nys. After that mechanical, the gap was too big,” Albert said.

From that point, Nys maintained his lead of half a minute over the chase group including Albert, Van der Haar and Pauwels. He covered the fast circuit at an average speed of 29 km/h. Pauwels had a mechanical too and when trying to get back to the other chasers he hit a pole. Albert and Van der Haar were gone to secure the placings, leaving Pauwels to try to get back to Aernouts.

While Nys comfortably grabbed the win, behind him Albert and Van der Haar fought for second place. At first they co-operated to keep Aernouts and Pauwels at distance. But on the last lap Albert was able to distance the young Dutchman, securing second place. Aernouts and Pauwels sprinted for fourth place and surprisingly it was Aernouts who proved to be the fastest. Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) won the sprint in the big chase group at a minute from Nys.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony1:01:36
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:18
3Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:00:19
4Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team0:00:35
5Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-RevorRow 4 - Cell 2
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:02
7Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - PowerplusRow 6 - Cell 2
8Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - PowerplusRow 7 - Cell 2
9Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - FideaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:09
11Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:01:11
13Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:01:15
14Aurilien Duval (Fra) UV AubeRow 13 - Cell 2
15Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:01:22
16Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept0:01:28
17Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:45
18Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:01:49
19Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:01:50
20Kevin Eeckhout (Bel)0:01:51
21Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:31
22Micky van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-KDL0:02:33
23Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille MétropoleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:42
25Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-RevorRow 24 - Cell 2
26Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized0:02:46
27Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jonathan Page (USA)0:02:47
29Mitchell Huenders (Ned)0:03:44
30 (-1 lap)Robby Cobbaert (Bel)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) Hargroves Cycles-SpecializedRow 30 - Cell 2
32 (-3 laps)Dave De Cleyn (Bel)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Pedro Baelen (Bel)Row 32 - Cell 2
34 (-5 laps)Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution BicyclesRow 33 - Cell 2
DNFArnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - FideaRow 34 - Cell 2
DNFVincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-EuphonyRow 35 - Cell 2
DNFJoeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - FideaRow 36 - Cell 2
DNFArnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - FideaRow 37 - Cell 2
DNFThijs Al (Ned) Telenet - FideaRow 38 - Cell 2
DNFToon Devenyns (Bel)Row 39 - Cell 2
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Superprestige standings after 3 rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony45pts
2Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus42Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor36Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team33Row 3 - Cell 3
5Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team32Row 4 - Cell 3
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor29Row 5 - Cell 3
7Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea21Row 6 - Cell 3
8Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea20Row 7 - Cell 3
9Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team18Row 8 - Cell 3
10Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus16Row 9 - Cell 3
11Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus14Row 10 - Cell 3
12Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea11Row 11 - Cell 3
13Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team9Row 12 - Cell 3
14Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus8Row 13 - Cell 3
15Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus6Row 14 - Cell 3
16Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team5Row 15 - Cell 3
17Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor4Row 16 - Cell 3
18Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco3Row 17 - Cell 3
19Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDLRow 18 - Cell 2 Row 18 - Cell 3
20Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & ConceptRow 19 - Cell 2 Row 19 - Cell 3
21Aurilien Duval (Fra) UV Aube2pts
22Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-EuphonyRow 21 - Cell 2 Row 21 - Cell 3
23Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team1Row 22 - Cell 3


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