Albert wins World Cup round two in Plzen

World champion Niels Albert earned his second consecutive World Cup win in Plzen, Czech Republic, today.

He overcame a disastrous start and, before the race's halfway point, he joined home favourite Zdenek Stybar at front. Stybar had to recover from his early efforts. After six laps of racing on the muddy course Albert attacked and was never pulled back.

"Today's course, with the rain and the mud, is what I like. The ground was very slippery, but still fast, the best condition for me. I hope to come back in January for Worlds, but hopefully it's still without snow and ice then," Albert said.

Behind the world champion, Nys won the sprint for second place ahead of Stybar, Kevin Pauwels and French champion Francis Mourey.

"Now I'm improving my start position for the future races and I can head to the Koppenbergcross with ease of mind. We'll see some more interesting races in the near future," said Nys.

USA's Jonathan Page finished 13th.

Albert remains the World Cup leader ahead of Stybar, Vantornout and Mourey. Nys isn't near the front after abandoning during the first World Cup round in Treviso, Italy. The next round of the World Cup round will be held in Nommay, France, November 8.

Hectic start disastrous for world champion

The meadows near the city famous for its beer were more or less dry, but rain showers didn't leave the riders any choice on the slippery course. The start procedure caused a lot of trouble for the riders at the front row, resulting in a restart. Martin Bina pulled off the hole shot, with Vantornout and Zdenek Stybar on his wheel.

Albert had a terrible start and dropped back into the middle of the bunch, riding next to Belgian Champion Sven Nys. The duo moved up quickly, but Czech Champion Stybar powered away in front. The first chasing group included Vantornout, Bina, Kevin Pauwels, Page and Mourey. By the end of the first lap, Stybar led the race with 10" on the first chasers and 19" on the second group led by Erwin Vervecken and including Nys and Stybar.

Stybar fires away, with Page leading the chase

During the second lap, Mourey and Page went to the front while Albert and Nys bridged up to this first chasing group. Two laps after the start sole leader Stybar had 14" on Albert, who led the chase with Pauwels, Vantornout and Mourey, and 18" on Page and Nys.

Albert hammered through the third lap. His gap on Stybar shrank, and one lap later he had only six seconds left. Page dropped out of the first chasing group and was caught by Radomir Simunek Jr. Halfway the fourth lap Stybar was caught back by Albert and Nys, and once Albert reached the front he eased off a little, allowing Pauwels, Mourey and Vantornout to bridge up before the end of the fourth lap. Simunek and Page chased at 13". Franzoi, Vervecken and De Knegt worked hard to stay near the front.

Albert catches Stybar

When entering the fifth lap, Albert and Stybar increased the pace and advantage on Mourey and Vantornout. Albert created a little gap, which Stybar closed down, and powered away on the asphalt when entering the sixth lap. Stybar paid for his early efforts and struggled to stay in touch chasing group that passed him.

The race was decided when entering the uphill road towards the finish line after six laps. Albert still gave all he had while Nys sat up and waited for Pauwels to take the lead in the chase. It allowed Stybar to bridge up with them and handed Albert a twenty seconds lead.

With four laps to go, Albert crossed the finish line 14" ahead of Stybar, Pauwels, Nys and Mourey

Albert wins, battle for second

Nys launched an attack for second place in the eighth lap. Stybar, Pauwels and the persisting Mourey trailed at 22". Vantornout rode at 46" and Italian champion Franzoi led a group with Simunek, De Knegt, Heule, Page at one minute.

Nys managed to pass Stybar in the last corner of the last lap. He held his position over the final 70 metres


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1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus1:05:13
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago0:00:19
3Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:21
4Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:24
5Francis Mourey (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:38
6Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Projob0:00:56
7Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:03
8Christian Heule (Swi) RendementhypoCycling Team0:01:06
9Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Liquigas0:01:10
10Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank0:01:17
11Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank0:01:26
12Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Revor-Jartazi Continental Team0:01:33
13Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike0:01:37
14Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:03
15Jan Verstraeten (Bel) KDL Trans NV0:02:06
16Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:09
17Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:43
18Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Prodoli Racing Team0:03:03
19Marco Bianco (Ita) L Arcobaleno Carraro Team0:03:12
20Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:03:15
21Laurent Colombatto (Fra) AC Besançon0:03:16
22Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:03:21
23Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:03:24
24Martin Bína (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor0:03:27
25Mariusz Gil (Pol) LKS Pom Strzelce Krajenskie0:03:31
26Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor0:03:38
27Rob Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago0:03:45
28Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Next/GSI0:03:46
29Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Exe Jeans0:03:52
30Wilant van Gils (Ned) Pro Cycling Team
31Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower Mountainbike-Team0:04:10
32David Derepas (Fra) UVCA Troyes0:04:14
33Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Het Snelle Wiel0:04:20
34Pawel Szczepaniak (Pol) LKS Pom Strzelce Krajenskie0:04:48
35Alessandro Gambino (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito0:05:02
36Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens Cyclocross Team Hamburg0:05:22
37Jérôme Chevallier (Fra) AC Besançon0:05:34
38Zdenek Mlynár (Cze) Max Cursor0:06:10
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39Roy Van Heeswijk (Ned) Sint Oedenrode
40Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Team Král
41Milan Barenyi (Svk)
42Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) KED Bianchi Berlin
43Ivar Hartogs (Ned)
44Fabio Ursi (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito
45Sascha Wagner (Ger) Stevens Cyclocross Team Hamburg
46Martin Haring (Svk)
47Robert Glajza (Svk)
48Marek Canecky (Svk)
49Zoltan Tisza (Hun)
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World Cup standings after round two
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus160pts
2Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team135Row 1 - Cell 3
3Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Projob115Row 2 - Cell 3
4Francis Mourey (Fra) Française des Jeux110Row 3 - Cell 3
5Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team96Row 4 - Cell 3
6Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank90Row 5 - Cell 3
7Christian Heule (Swi) RendementhypoCycling Team88Row 6 - Cell 3
8Martin Bína (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor87Row 7 - Cell 3
9Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team83Row 8 - Cell 3
10Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Liquigas82Row 9 - Cell 3
11Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank73Row 10 - Cell 3
12Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Revor-Jartazi Continental Team73Row 11 - Cell 3
13Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Exe Jeans72Row 12 - Cell 3
14Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Prodoli Racing Team72Row 13 - Cell 3
15Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team71Row 14 - Cell 3
16Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago70Row 15 - Cell 3
17Laurent Colombatto (Fra) AC Besançon67Row 16 - Cell 3
18Jan Verstraeten (Bel) KDL Trans NV67Row 17 - Cell 3
19Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team61Row 18 - Cell 3
20Mariusz Gil (Pol) LKS Pom Strzelce Krajenskie56Row 19 - Cell 3
21Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor54Row 20 - Cell 3
22Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team53Row 21 - Cell 3
23Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus50Row 22 - Cell 3
24Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus48Row 23 - Cell 3
25Steve Chainel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom44Row 24 - Cell 3
26Wilant van Gils (Ned) Pro Cycling Team 25 - Cell 3
27Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike38Row 26 - Cell 3
28Milan Barenyi (Svk)36Row 27 - Cell 3
29Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team35Row 28 - Cell 3
30Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Projob35Row 29 - Cell 3
31Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Het Snelle Wiel34Row 30 - Cell 3
32Alessandro Gambino (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito34Row 31 - Cell 3
33Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) KED Bianchi Berlin33Row 32 - Cell 3
34Marco Bianco (Ita) L Arcobaleno Carraro Team32Row 33 - Cell 3
35Jonathan Lopez (Fra) VC La Pomme Marseille32Row 34 - Cell 3
36Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower Mountainbike-Team31Row 35 - Cell 3
37Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens Cyclocross Team Hamburg30Row 36 - Cell 3
38Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa)28Row 37 - Cell 3
39Fabio Ursi (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito26Row 38 - Cell 3
40Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Team Král25Row 39 - Cell 3
41Rob Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago24Row 40 - Cell 3
42Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Next/GSI23Row 41 - Cell 3
43Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez22Row 42 - Cell 3
44David Derepas (Fra) UVCA Troyes21Row 43 - Cell 3
45Jan Soetens (Bel) Revor-Jartazi Continental Team20Row 44 - Cell 3
46Sascha Wagner (Ger) Stevens Cyclocross Team Hamburg18Row 45 - Cell 3
47Pawel Szczepaniak (Pol) LKS Pom Strzelce Krajenskie17Row 46 - Cell 3
48Lukáš Kloucek (Cze) Sunweb - Projob Cycling Team17Row 47 - Cell 3
49Roy Van Heeswijk (Ned) Sint Oedenrode17Row 48 - Cell 3
50Ivar Hartogs (Ned) 49 - Cell 3
51Jérôme Chevallier (Fra) AC Besançon14Row 50 - Cell 3
52Zdenek Mlynár (Cze) Max Cursor13Row 51 - Cell 3
53Luca Damiani (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home13Row 52 - Cell 3
54Martin Haring (Svk)13Row 53 - Cell 3
55Robert Glajza (Svk)11Row 54 - Cell 3
56Jens Westergren (Swe)10Row 55 - Cell 3
57René Lang (Swi) Delta Elite Team/VC Bützberg6Row 56 - Cell 3
58Peter Presslauer (Aut) Team Volksbank4Row 57 - Cell 3
59Marek Canecky (Svk)3Row 58 - Cell 3
60Andreas Moser (Swi) Bürgis Cycling Team3Row 59 - Cell 3
61Zoltan Tisza (Hun)2Row 60 - Cell 3
62Rafael Visinelli (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale1Row 61 - Cell 3

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