Kevin Pauwels (Fidea Telenet) and Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) won the seventh round of the UCI’s World Cup cyclocross series in Zolder, Belgium, on Saturday.
Pauwels attacked early in the elite men’s event and stayed ahead of a strong group of chasers, led by world champion Neils Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) on the trails surrounding the world famous auto race track in Zolder.
Albert finished 22 seconds off of Pauwels’ pace, with former world champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) coming in third at 33 seconds.
Early in the race, Pauwels was part of a three-man lead group that included fellow Belgian Bart Aernouts (Rabobank) and Dutchman Gerben de Knegt. Albert fought back and came within five seconds of the leading trio before Pauwels attacked. While the world champion easily caught and passed Aernouts and de Knegt, Pauwels stayed ahead, eventually bulding his lead to 22 seconds. It was Pauwels first World Cup win of the season.
Albert leads the World Cup standings with 505 points, ahead of Czech rider Zdenek Stybar (Fidea-Telenet) who has 485 points, and Nys, who stands in third with 415.
Vos wins, Compton leads
Reigning world champion Marianne Vos won the women’s event, finishing 25 seconds ahead of American Katie Compton, who continues to lead the nine-race series. Former world champion Daphny van den Brand finished third, at 1:12 and German Hanka Kupfernagel came in fourth at 2:02.
Compton continues to lead the World Cup standings with 260 points, with Van den Brand in second, at 245, and Vos rounding out the top three with 220 points.