Albert takes dominant win at Koksijde World Cup

Niels Albert (KBCP-Powerplus) won the Dunecross in sunny Koksijde, Belgium for the third time in impressive style on Saturday. At what was round three of the 2013-2014 World Cup, Albert repeated his own solo ride from the 2012 cyclo-cross world championships, destroying the opposition. As he crossed the line, he copied the iconic finish of Paul Herygers from the 1994 Worlds in Koksijde; Albert hopped on and off his bike and waved his hands in celebration.

"It wasn't planned," said Albert of his finishing style. "That's when you get the best moments. I didn't study the footage before the race, but what Herygers did back then made for memorable images. Koksijde is a little bit from me but also a little bit from Paul. The finish line was a bit shorter than in 1949 [sic]; that's why I didn't have a lot of time. This remains my world championship race," Albert said.

French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ) beat Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus), Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) in the sprint for second place. World Cup leader Lars van der Haar (Rabo Development Team) struggled hard in the closing laps and finished 10th but he remains in the white leader's jersey. Second-placed World Cup rider Walsleben got back to two points.

"Things didn't go well for me today. I'm surprised that I'm still leading," Van der Haar said.

During the fourth of nine laps, there were a couple of key moments in the lead of the race. First, Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) went over the handlebars when taking on the so-called Herygers-dune. After that section, the large lead group was split up, and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) led Albert.

When Meeusen moved out of the way, Albert went full gas. "Before the race, I was a bit nervous, but as soon as I got going, nothing was going to bring me down," Albert said.

With Meeusen fading, it was his German teammate Walsleben who put himself in front of the main chase group, helping Albert to quickly build up a comfortable lead.

"I tried to lower the pace. On the other hand, it was not possible for me to get back to him," Walsleben said.

While Albert was powering away in front, Nys was struggling at the back of the chase group. He rode into other riders and got stuck in the wiring with Meeusen riding into him. Nys showed his annoyance, but he nevertheless recovered and blasted forward in the closing laps. Nys bridged up to the first chase group with Walsleben and Mourey, bringing along Pauwels. In the sprint, Nys came just short of finishing on the podium.

Mourey showed his fast legs in the final dash. "Before the race, I wanted to get on the podium. When Niels took off, I eyed second or third place. I kept an eye on Nys in the final lap because he's fast. Second place is great," Mourey said.

The cyclo-cross peloton left Koksijde on Saturday evening with a long drive to Gieten, in the north of the Netherlands ahead of them. That's where tomorrow's Super Prestige race will be held.

Albert promised to go for the double, a feat he's not yet achieved. "I'll do anything I can to get the double. It will not be easy," Albert said.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team1:04:49
2Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:32
3Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-PowerplusRow 2 - Cell 2
4Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team0:00:34
5Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:00:37
6Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:54
7Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team0:01:05
8Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:01:13
9Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:14
10Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:01:33
11Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:49
12Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:01:54
13Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:01:56
14Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti0:02:16
16Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:02:52
17Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team0:02:57
18Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team0:03:00
19Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:02
20Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:05
21Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:03:12
22Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:03:29
24Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:03:37
25Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex0:03:55
26Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:04:09
27Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR Spiuk0:04:35
28Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles0:04:54
29Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:05:20
30Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec0:05:30
31Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist0:06:03
32Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica0:06:29
33Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito- 2 laps
34Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada BoleslavRow 33 - Cell 2
35Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-HaderslevRow 35 - Cell 2
37Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch- 3 laps
38Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team TaborRow 37 - Cell 2
39Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin TrekRow 38 - Cell 2
40Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek KCK OslanyRow 39 - Cell 2
41Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav- 4 laps
42Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos ErandioRow 41 - Cell 2
43Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier LandshutRow 42 - Cell 2
44Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange-LoschRow 43 - Cell 2
45Michal Malik (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG JablonecRow 44 - Cell 2
46Angus Edmond (NZl)- 5 laps
47Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos ErandioRow 47 - Cell 2
49Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin- 6 laps
51Ivan Jovanovic (Srb) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
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World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team202pts
2Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus200Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team190Row 2 - Cell 3
4Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team170Row 3 - Cell 3
5Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team161Row 4 - Cell 3
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team151Row 5 - Cell 3
7Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr130Row 6 - Cell 3
8Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team130Row 7 - Cell 3
9Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team127Row 8 - Cell 3
10Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti124Row 9 - Cell 3
11Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team110Row 10 - Cell 3
12Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team108Row 11 - Cell 3
13Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team105Row 12 - Cell 3
14Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team100Row 13 - Cell 3
15Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team92Row 14 - Cell 3
16Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team91Row 15 - Cell 3
17Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team89Row 16 - Cell 3
18Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles88Row 17 - Cell 3
19Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica86Row 18 - Cell 3
20Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team86Row 19 - Cell 3
21Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team86Row 20 - Cell 3
22Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Scott Swisspower MTB Racing Team82Row 21 - Cell 3
23Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team81Row 22 - Cell 3
24Mariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team80Row 23 - Cell 3
25Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa) Grupo Hirumet Taldea76Row 24 - Cell 3
26Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team74Row 25 - Cell 3
27Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team71Row 26 - Cell 3
28Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team68Row 27 - Cell 3
29Marco Ponta (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito68Row 28 - Cell 3
30Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist61Row 29 - Cell 3
31Fabien Canal (Fra) ASPTT Definitive Tec60Row 30 - Cell 3
32Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team57Row 31 - Cell 3
33Ondrej Bambula (Cze) CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor52Row 32 - Cell 3
34Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav50Row 33 - Cell 3
35Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch48Row 34 - Cell 3
36Micki Van Empel (Ned) Crelan KDL Cycling Team47Row 35 - Cell 3
37Kenneth Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Haderslev41Row 36 - Cell 3
38Javier Ruiz de Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) MMR Spiuk39Row 37 - Cell 3
39Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek35Row 38 - Cell 3
40Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team35Row 39 - Cell 3
41Radomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team32Row 40 - Cell 3
42Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav30Row 41 - Cell 3
43Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Kalas Merida29Row 42 - Cell 3
44Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) Team Natubalans-Apex26Row 43 - Cell 3
45Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Baier Landshut26Row 44 - Cell 3
46Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 9325Row 45 - Cell 3
47Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland22Row 46 - Cell 3
48Milan Barenyi (Svk) Trek KCK Oslany22Row 47 - Cell 3
49Jordy Luisman (Ned) Team Lemelerveld18Row 48 - Cell 3
50Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio18Row 49 - Cell 3
51Lukas Winterberg (Swi) MG Cycling Team17Row 50 - Cell 3
52Michal Malik (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec15Row 51 - Cell 3
53Joachim Parbo (Den) Cielo-Challenge-Bicyclista14Row 52 - Cell 3
54Marco Bianco (Ita) Carraro Team Trentino14Row 53 - Cell 3
55Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team13Row 54 - Cell 3
56Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Bioracer-Caravanos Erandio10Row 55 - Cell 3
57Angus Edmond (NZl)10Row 56 - Cell 3
58Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Colba-Superano Ham8Row 57 - Cell 3
59Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange-Losch7Row 58 - Cell 3
60Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Madeta Fitness-Specialized7Row 59 - Cell 3
61Christoph Ambroziak (Ger) Gunsha Racing Team7Row 60 - Cell 3
62Filip Adel (Cze) KC Hlinsko6Row 61 - Cell 3
63Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket Racing Team4Row 62 - Cell 3
64Lukas Batora (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica2Row 63 - Cell 3
65Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa) Nestor Martin1Row 64 - Cell 3


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