Pauwels strikes back to win Namur World Cup

The spectacular World Cup course up and around the citadel of Namur, Belgium proved to be the perfect battleground for Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor). On its slippery slopes, a mud-covered Pauwels easily held off Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) and world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) to grab his third win of the season.

During the first laps, Pauwels was joined by Francis Mourey (FDJ-Big Mat), but the Frenchman punctured and dropped back, eventually finishing fourth. Pauwels steadily clocked the fastest lap times and held off a comeback from Albert.

"It was a tough course, and that's usually not my thing, but during the second lap, I took over the command and rode my own pace," said Pauwels. "I noticed I got a gap. It's very comfortable to ride around here at your own pace. In the closing laps, I was even able to take my foot of the gas and consolidate my lead."

With his second World Cup victory of the season, Pauwels moves back into contention for the overall win of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup. Albert still leads the series, but both Pauwels and Nys moved back to within a 15-point margin of the world champion.

"There are three [World Cup] courses left [in Zolder, Rome and Hoogerheide] that should suit me well. So things are looking good," Pauwels said.

Albert rode most of the race alone in second place, holding off a late race surge from Nys. Things went wrong in the bell lap, when a flat tyre cost the world champion a lot of time. Nys seized his chance and blasted past Albert in the final metres. "In the off-camber descent, I punctured, and the only thing I could do was curse," said Albert. "I lost a lot of time on Sven and eventually I ran out of gas. I could put the fire in my velo, but it doesn't burn well."

"The World Cup standings? I lost 10 points in the last lap, but it's a classification I would like to win because I rate it higher than the rest," said Albert, "and because it's international, but I'd be happy with [winning] any of the series."

Albert's bad luck was good fortune for Nys. The latter needed time before he was able to shake off his rivals for third place, and eventually he was also able to snatch second place. "There wasn't much to do against Kevin today, but I expected more from this race," said Nys. "Today I'm lucky while yesterday [in Essen] was the other way around. I'm happy that I rode at top level for so long, but now I feel like the others gained ground on me."

Despite having a good start, Mourey had to settle for fourth place, just off the all-Belgian podium in Namur. "I punctured twice during the third lap," said Mourey. "That's 'cross. I don't know if I would've been able to keep up with Kevin, but Niels was within my reach. Fourth isn't bad either," Mourey told Cyclingnews at the finish line in Namur.

Further back, American Jonathan Page bounced back from a poor start to finish in a strong 15th place, getting himself a starting spot for the cyclo-cross world championships in Louisville, Kentucky, next month.

The next World Cup round will be held in Zolder, Belgium on Wednesday.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor1:02:47
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony0:00:48
3Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:00
4Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:21
5Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor0:01:45
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team0:02:20
7Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team0:02:37
8Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:02:50
9Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:03:16
10Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:03:23
11Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:03:46
12Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb Racing Team0:03:47
13Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:03:49
14Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:50
15Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike0:03:52
16Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:04:00
17Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti0:04:11
18Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:04:15
19Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:23
20Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:04:34
21Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)0:04:42
22Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:04:45
23Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team0:04:54
24Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:05:02
25Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:05:13
26Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa)0:05:18
27Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:05:25
28Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha - Focus0:05:29
29Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team0:05:55
30Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:06:03
31Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)0:06:21
32Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet - KDL0:06:27
33Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:07:03
34Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:07:18
35Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:07:37
-1lapJiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool - AuthorRow 35 - Cell 2
-1lapThijs Al (Ned) Telenet - FideaRow 36 - Cell 2
-1lapTimothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.ComRow 37 - Cell 2
-1lapMartin Haring (Svk)Row 38 - Cell 2
-2lapsAndreas Moser (Swi)Row 39 - Cell 2
-2lapsChristian Helmig (Lux)Row 40 - Cell 2
-2lapsMichael Boros (Cze)Row 41 - Cell 2
-2lapsJonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa)Row 42 - Cell 2
-2lapsMicki Van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - KDLRow 43 - Cell 2
-2lapsLukas Winterberg (Swi)Row 44 - Cell 2
-2lapsGuillaume Perrot (Fra)Row 45 - Cell 2
-2lapsZach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha - FocusRow 46 - Cell 2
-2lapsJustin Lindine (USA) RedlineRow 47 - Cell 2
-3lapsMarco Ponta (Ita)Row 48 - Cell 2
-3lapsOndrej Glajza (Svk)Row 49 - Cell 2
-4lapsAaron Schooler (Can)Row 50 - Cell 2
-4lapsYannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP - GhostRow 51 - Cell 2
-4lapsGusty Bausch (Lux)Row 52 - Cell 2
-4lapsJeremy Durrin (USA) Jam Fund / NccRow 53 - Cell 2
-4lapsAlexander Revell (NZl)Row 54 - Cell 2
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Elite men World Cup standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus345pts
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony335Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor334Row 2 - Cell 3
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor264Row 3 - Cell 3
5Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team246Row 4 - Cell 3
6Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team243Row 5 - Cell 3
7Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat240Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea230Row 7 - Cell 3
9Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team213Row 8 - Cell 3
10Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus203Row 9 - Cell 3
11Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea187Row 10 - Cell 3
12Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus187Row 11 - Cell 3
13Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team172Row 12 - Cell 3
14Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team172Row 13 - Cell 3
15Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team172Row 14 - Cell 3
16Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti165Row 15 - Cell 3
17Simon Zahner (Swi) EKZ Racing Team159Row 16 - Cell 3
18Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb Racing Team145Row 17 - Cell 3
19Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team145Row 18 - Cell 3
20Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus141Row 19 - Cell 3
21Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus137Row 20 - Cell 3
22Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea136Row 21 - Cell 3
23Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team128Row 22 - Cell 3
24Martin Bina (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor126Row 23 - Cell 3
25Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea122Row 24 - Cell 3
26Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike117Row 25 - Cell 3
27Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team112Row 26 - Cell 3
28Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole108Row 27 - Cell 3
29Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus105Row 28 - Cell 3
30Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha - Focus99Row 29 - Cell 3
31Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa)93Row 30 - Cell 3
32Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat88Row 31 - Cell 3
33Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Whirlpool - Author83Row 32 - Cell 3
34Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea77Row 33 - Cell 3
35Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 9365Row 34 - Cell 3
36Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke - Shanks60Row 35 - Cell 3
37Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles57Row 36 - Cell 3
38Micki Van Empel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - KDL53Row 37 - Cell 3
39Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet - KDL52Row 38 - Cell 3
40Guillaume Perrot (Fra)46Row 39 - Cell 3
41Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)46Row 40 - Cell 3
42Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cez Cyklo Team Tabor45Row 41 - Cell 3
43Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)42Row 42 - Cell 3
44Aurelien Duval (Fra)40Row 43 - Cell 3
45Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Revor34Row 44 - Cell 3
46Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.Com34Row 45 - Cell 3
47Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing29Row 46 - Cell 3
48Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized27Row 47 - Cell 3
49Christian Helmig (Lux)27Row 48 - Cell 3
50Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat26Row 49 - Cell 3
51David Kasek (Cze)26Row 50 - Cell 3
52Marco Ponta (Ita)25Row 51 - Cell 3
53Magnus Darvell (Swe) Team Herbalife 24 Raumerrittet23Row 52 - Cell 3
54Mitchell Huenders (Ned)21Row 53 - Cell 3
55Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti21Row 54 - Cell 3
56Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)20Row 55 - Cell 3
57Robert Gavenda (Svk) Dukla Trencin Trek18Row 56 - Cell 3
58Martin Haring (Svk)18Row 57 - Cell 3
59Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea17Row 58 - Cell 3
60Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa)16Row 59 - Cell 3
61Kenneth Hansen (Den) Baboco Cycling Team15Row 60 - Cell 3
62Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De14Row 61 - Cell 3
63Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa)13Row 62 - Cell 3
64Milan Barenyi (Svk)12Row 63 - Cell 3
65Andreas Moser (Swi)11Row 64 - Cell 3
66Vaclav Metlicka (Svk)11Row 65 - Cell 3
67Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea10Row 66 - Cell 3
68Michael Boros (Cze)9Row 67 - Cell 3
69Romain Lejeune (Fra)9Row 68 - Cell 3
70Lukas Winterberg (Swi)9Row 69 - Cell 3
71Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa)8Row 70 - Cell 3
72Gusty Bausch (Lux)8Row 71 - Cell 3
73Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP - Ghost7Row 72 - Cell 3
74Lewis Rattray (Aus)7Row 73 - Cell 3
75Alexander Revell (NZl)7Row 74 - Cell 3
76Ludwig Söderquist (Swe)5Row 75 - Cell 3
77Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha - Focus4Row 76 - Cell 3
78Michel Vuelta Izquierdo (Spa)4Row 77 - Cell 3
79Angus Edmond (NZl)4Row 78 - Cell 3
80Justin Lindine (USA) Redline3Row 79 - Cell 3
81Emil Arvid Olsen (Den)3Row 80 - Cell 3
82Marco Bianco (Ita)3Row 81 - Cell 3
83Ondrej Glajza (Svk)1Row 82 - Cell 3

 

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