Pauwels outsprints Stybar in Zolder

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) beat world champion Zdenek Stybar (Quick Step Team) in a two-man sprint at the end of the sixth round of the World Cup in Zolder, Belgium, on Monday. Thanks to his third World Cup victory of the year, Pauwels overtook Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) as leader in the cyclo-cross World Cup.

"I knew that my form was good, but [before this weekend] I hadn't been on the podium for a few weeks," Pauwels said.

The final sprint started right after Stybar exited the muddy stretch next to the car racing circuit in Zolder. Nys was part of the lead group that headed for the sprint, too, but the experienced Belgian - wearing number 13 - slid out in the last corner. "It's a pity because I still had power for the sprint. I switched bikes in the last lap to have an 11 on the big ring for the sprint, just like I did in the first lap. I'll have to keep fighting until the last World Cup round," Nys said.

As Nys hit the deck when cornering on to the start-finish road, it was Pauwels who was glued Stybar's wheel. "Stybar started the sprint right away, so I had no other option then going full gas. I went deep in the sprint, but I had something left in my tank," Pauwels said.

Stybar was going full gas, but he didn't succeed in shaking off Pauwels. A clearly frustrated Stybar hit his handlebars when crossing the line.

"Of course, I would've loved to win but on Friday in Diegem, I was eighth and not feeling well, and now I was just sprinting for the victory, so I can't complain," Stybar said.

A not particularly spectacular second half of the race preceded the final sprint. The lead group with Nys, Pauwels and Stybar was formed during the fourth of nine laps. Mistakes at the back of the initially larger lead group cost Lars Boom (Rabobank), Steve Chainel (FDJ) and Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) their spots up front.

In the main chase group, national champions Boom and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) provided most of the opposition, but halfway through the race, they were trailing the leaders by 15 seconds - too much to overcome on the muddy but fast course in Zolder.

The three leaders tested their legs on the muddy off-camber climb and the steep run-up, but none of these punches caused major damage. "The 'cross wasn't really that hard. Sometimes it was full gas, but then the pace dropped again; it was interval training. I expected that the group would explode in the last lap, on the climb or on the descent, but that didn't happen," Pauwels said.

Nys salvaged his podium spot and half a minute behind Pauwels, it was his teammate Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) who was best of the rest. Vantornout out sprinted Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) and Wellens. Last year's winner Boom was seventh at 48 seconds. "I'm happy. Yesterday I trained three and a half hours, and I felt that a bit today. I made one mistake that probably cost me a podium spot," a mud-clad Boom told Cyclingnews at the finish line.

Albert, Chainel and Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus) completed the top-10, all finishing within one minute of winner Pauwels.

Jonathan Page (Planetbike) finished 25th at nearly two minutes from Pauwels. Timothy Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) finished a disappointing 37th place. British rider Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) was three spots behind Johnson.

Full Results

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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor1:03:44
2Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:20
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor0:00:32
5Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:35
6Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:38
7Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:48
8Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:56
9Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ0:00:59
10Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:00
11Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:01:04
12Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing0:01:06
13Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:08
14Aurelien Duval (Fra)0:01:15
15Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:01:21
16Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:23
17Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De RijkeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:01:24
19Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:26
21Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:27
23Marcel Meisen (Ger)0:01:28
24Martin Zlamalik (Cze) KDL Trans0:01:50
25Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike0:01:57
26Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:02:05
27Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:06
28Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team0:02:23
29Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com0:02:27
30Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti0:02:30
31Marco Bianco (Ita)0:02:37
32Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb - Revor0:02:50
33Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti0:02:52
34Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet - Fidea0:02:54
35Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi0:02:58
36Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Sunweb - Revor0:03:09
37Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com0:03:15
38Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)0:03:34
39Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:03:57
40Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles0:04:06
41Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:04:26
42Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea0:04:30
43Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De0:04:49
44David Kasek (Cze)0:04:52
45Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)0:05:05
46Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP0:05:11
47Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa)0:05:38
48Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:05:44
49Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea0:06:25
-2lapsOle Quast (Ger)Row 49 - Cell 2
-2lapsIgor Smarzaro (Ita)Row 50 - Cell 2
-2lapsJeremy Durrin (USA)Row 51 - Cell 2
-2lapsCraig Richey (Can)Row 52 - Cell 2
-3lapsRyan Knapp (USA)Row 53 - Cell 2
-3lapsKeiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) Team Bridgestone AnchorRow 54 - Cell 2
-3lapsMitchell Hoke (USA)Row 55 - Cell 2
-5lapsLewis Rattray (Aus)Row 56 - Cell 2
-6lapsDavid Quist (Nor)Row 57 - Cell 2
DNFPetr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / SpecializedRow 58 - Cell 2
DNFTroy Wells (USA)Row 59 - Cell 2
DNFOndrej Bambula (Cze)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFJohn Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
DNSRobert Gavenda (Svk) KDL TransRow 62 - Cell 2
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Elite men World Cup standings after six rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Revor440pts
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet430Row 1 - Cell 3
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team375Row 2 - Cell 3
4Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Revor335Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea325Row 4 - Cell 3
6Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team305Row 5 - Cell 3
7Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ266Row 6 - Cell 3
8Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea249Row 7 - Cell 3
9Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ238Row 8 - Cell 3
10Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team215Row 9 - Cell 3
11Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team208Row 10 - Cell 3
12Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti206Row 11 - Cell 3
13Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus201Row 12 - Cell 3
14Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus197Row 13 - Cell 3
15Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco Cycling Team181Row 14 - Cell 3
16Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole179Row 15 - Cell 3
17Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott - Swisspower Mtb - Racing174Row 16 - Cell 3
18Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93167Row 17 - Cell 3
19Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team167Row 18 - Cell 3
20Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team154Row 19 - Cell 3
21Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Bkcp - Powerplus150Row 20 - Cell 3
22Marcel Meisen (Ger)133Row 21 - Cell 3
23Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Cyclingteam De Rijke129Row 22 - Cell 3
24Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team126Row 23 - Cell 3
25Cristian Cominelli (Ita) TX Active Bianchi121Row 24 - Cell 3
26Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet112Row 25 - Cell 3
27Aurelien Duval (Fra)108Row 26 - Cell 3
28Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa)102Row 27 - Cell 3
29Martin Zlamalik (Cze) KDL Trans102Row 28 - Cell 3
30Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus97Row 29 - Cell 3
31Marco Bianco (Ita)96Row 30 - Cell 3
32Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles94Row 31 - Cell 3
33Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com91Row 32 - Cell 3
34Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike90Row 33 - Cell 3
35Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)89Row 34 - Cell 3
36Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team77Row 35 - Cell 3
37Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com75Row 36 - Cell 3
38Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team73Row 37 - Cell 3
39Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team71Row 38 - Cell 3
40Petr Dlask (Cze) Madeta Fitness / Specialized67Row 39 - Cell 3
41David Kasek (Cze)66Row 40 - Cell 3
42Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team64Row 41 - Cell 3
43Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Sunweb - Revor63Row 42 - Cell 3
44Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels58Row 43 - Cell 3
45Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.De57Row 44 - Cell 3
46Magnus Darvell (Swe)51Row 45 - Cell 3
47Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus48Row 46 - Cell 3
48John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale42Row 47 - Cell 3
49Elia Silvestri (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti42Row 48 - Cell 3
50Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet - Fidea37Row 49 - Cell 3
51Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa)35Row 50 - Cell 3
52Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team31Row 51 - Cell 3
53Marco Ponta (Ita)30Row 52 - Cell 3
54José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team29Row 53 - Cell 3
55Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea29Row 54 - Cell 3
56Robert Gavenda (Svk) KDL Trans27Row 55 - Cell 3
57Jérome Chevallier (Fra)26Row 56 - Cell 3
58Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa)25Row 57 - Cell 3
59Mirko Tabacchi (Ita)24Row 58 - Cell 3
60Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa)23Row 59 - Cell 3
61James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com22Row 60 - Cell 3
62Kenneth Hansen (Den)21Row 61 - Cell 3
63Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb - Revor19Row 62 - Cell 3
64Craig Richey (Can)19Row 63 - Cell 3
65Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team19Row 64 - Cell 3
66Lubomir Petrus (Cze)18Row 65 - Cell 3
67Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Spa)18Row 66 - Cell 3
68Fabio Ursi (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti A.S.D.18Row 67 - Cell 3
69Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa)17Row 68 - Cell 3
70Guillaume Perrot (Fra)17Row 69 - Cell 3
71Ondrej Bambula (Cze)17Row 70 - Cell 3
72Jeremy Durrin (USA)16Row 71 - Cell 3
73Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet16Row 72 - Cell 3
74Martin Haring (Svk)16Row 73 - Cell 3
75Joachim Parbo (Den)14Row 74 - Cell 3
76Milan Barenyi (Svk)14Row 75 - Cell 3
77Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet - Fidea12Row 76 - Cell 3
78René Lang (Swi)12Row 77 - Cell 3
79Melvin Rulliere (Fra)11Row 78 - Cell 3
80Nico Brüngger (Swi)11Row 79 - Cell 3
81Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet - Fidea9Row 80 - Cell 3
82Clément Bourgoin (Fra)9Row 81 - Cell 3
83Marek Cichosz (Pol) Legia - Felt6Row 82 - Cell 3
84Ole Quast (Ger)6Row 83 - Cell 3
85Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NSP5Row 84 - Cell 3
86Vaclav Metlicka (Svk)3Row 85 - Cell 3
87Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea2Row 86 - Cell 3

 

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