Albert and Cant Solo to Wins at Fidea Cyclo-Cross Leuven

On a treacherous day between the tape, the world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) showed why he earned those stripes and soloed away from a strong field to take the win at the Fidea Cyclo-Cross Leuven. Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) started the day blasting off the front and taking some risks that paid off at the time. By bunny hopping the barriers, he was able to get a gap and avoid the crash at the front that tied up the other favorites at the first run up. As the riders scrambled to recover, Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) was able to catch Peeters, along with thirteen others to make it a fifteen man selection. Sven Nys (Landbouwkredit) was left 15 second back at the end of the first lap.

After Vantornout spent some time on the front, Peeters again took to the lead, but Albert joined him. With teammates close behind, Albert unleashed a massive burst, and gapped the lead group. Peeters was left behind to be swallowed up by the chasing group. Albert’s lead continued to grow as he was able to stay in front of the rest of the field. With four laps left, there was another attack out of the group. This time, it was Albert’s teammate, Philipp Walsleben, who was biding his time in the chase group earlier when Albert launched. Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) and Peeters chased, while the other BKCP-Powerplus rider, Wietse Bosmans trailed close behind. After a lap, Peeters didn’t have the power to stay with the chase and was dropped out the back to be collected by the rest of the field. With three left, Pauwels and Walsleben were a minute behind, and knew barring an absolute catastrophe for Albert, were racing for second. Pauwels was able to distance Walsleben on the muddy climbs and descents, in his chase to try and catch Albert.

Meanwhile, Nys was picking off riders in an attempt to get back to the front. As he caught riders one by one that were shed from the front, he eventually joined Walsleben and Peeters, but left them behind is his charge towards the front. At the start of the bell lap, the podium was already decided as long as the riders road wisely. Albert crossed the line well ahead of the others, hands in the air for a two armed salute to the crowd. Behind, Pauwels and Nys trickled in behind to round out the podium.

In the women’s race, it was all Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP). As Peeters did in the men’s race, Cant took some chances early that paid off for her. While others chose to dismount, Cant continued to ride and gain time on the rest of the field.

Behind, the American Amy Dombroski (Telenet-Fidea) traded digs with Ellen Van Loy (Melbotech), until the Dutch rider lost grip on a slick downhill. Behind, Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill – Seven Cycles) finished a strong fourth in a bid to qualify for the US National Team for the upcoming world championships in Louisville in early February.


Men’s Results

  1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP – Powerplus                                                           0:59:15
  2. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor                                                             0:00:30
  3. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL                                                       0:00:52
  4. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet – Fidea                                                                  0:00:54
  5. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet – Fidea                                                              0:00:58
  6. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team
  7. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP – Powerplus
  8. Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
  9. Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP – Powerplus                                                   0:01:06
  10. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet – Fidea                                                                 0:01:12
  11. Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team              0:01:19
  12. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor                                                       0:01:37
  13. Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team                   0:01:41
  14. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP – Powerplus                                    0:01:54
  15. Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP – Powerplus                                                     0:02:11
  16. Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube                                                                        0:02:25
  17. Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team                        0:02:45
  18. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet – Fidea                                                      0:02:53
  19. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team                0:02:58
  20. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor                                                                0:03:10
  21. Jonathan Page (USA)
  22. Wout van Aert (Bel) Telenet-Fidea                                                               0:03:15
  23. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
  24. Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet – Fidea                                                                  0:03:37
  25. Diether Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
  26. Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Landbouwkrediet-KDL                                         0:04:40
  27. Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco                                                                                   0:04:58
  28. Toon Aerts (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL                                                   0:05:15
  29. Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet-Fidea
  30. Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet – Fidea
  31. Bart De Vocht (Bel)                                                                                              0:06:25
  32. Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet – Fidea                                                             -1 Lap
  33. Patrick Gaudy (Bel)
  34. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL
  35. Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet – Fidea
  36. Hendrik Sweeck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL                                        -2 Laps
  37. Davy Commeyne (Bel)
  38. Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel)                                                                                       -3 Laps
  39. Berne Vankeirsbilck (Bel)
  40. Aaron Schooler (Can) Norco Bicycles – SRI Importing
  41. Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel)
  42. Niels Koyen (Bel)                                                                                                  -4 Laps
  43. Lorenzo Pepermans (Bel)
  44. Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution Bicycles


Women’s Results

  1. Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm – BKCP                          0:37:16
  2. Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team             0:00:58
  3. Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT                                               0:01:36
  4. Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles           0:01:53
  5. Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Cycling Team Vermeeren                             0:02:57
  6. Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept                                                               0:03:29
  7. Suzie Godart (Lux) CCI Differdange                                                              0:03:55
  8. Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)                                                                                 0:04:12
  9. Hilde Quintens (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT                                             0:04:42
  10. Nicolle De Bie-Leyten (Bel) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team     0:05:11
  11. Katrien Thijs (Bel) K. Edegem Bicycle Club                                               0:05:16
  12. Femke Van Den Driessche (Bel)                                                                       0:05:32
  13. Ilona Meter (Ned) RCP Stevens                                                                       0:05:55
  14. Kristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize Granville Team                                       0:06:21
  15. Nathalie Nijns (Bel) Sengers Ladies Team                                                   0:07:46
  16. Meg De Bruyne (Bel) Rijschool AH – Gentse VS                                        0:09:47
  17. Caren Commissaris (Bel) WAC Team Hobokoen VZW                          0:10:32
  18. Caitlyn La Haye (Bel) Hageland Cycling Team                                          -2 Laps
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