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Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) opened his World Cup title defense on Sunday with a dominating solo victory at the series opener in Valkenburg, the Netherlands.
Van der Haar got away from Kevin Pauwels as the Sunweb-Napoleon Games rider slid out on a bumpy descent, and that was all the advantage the Dutch champion needed.
He added to his advantage with each go-round, and raced into bell lap with a lead of more than a minute over a six-man chase containing Telenet-Fidea teammates Tom Meeusen, Corne Van Kessel and Thijs Van Amerongen; Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus); and Sunweb teammates Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout.
Grinning as he punched the air, van der Haar took the first World Cup victory of the season with a half-minute in hand over the pursuit. Pauwels proved best of the rest, attacking late in the final lap for second. Van Kessel followed for third.
“After the first lap I just felt like I could win today. It just went perfect,” said van der Haar. “I didn’t expect to be this early alone, because Kevin Pauwels was really strong.”
U.S. champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) hit the line ninth at 1:10.
Hot day, fast start
It was a hot day, and riders were hitting the pits not for bikes, but for beverages.
Francis Mourey (FDJ.fr) and Jonathan Page (Fuji-Spy) were off and running with first-lap mechanicals as van der Haar quickly took command.
Meeusen and Pauwels worked their way up to him and it was a three-man group off the front, with Mourey and Gianni Vermeersch (Sunweb) chasing.
With seven to go van der Haar was on point and fighting to open a gap. Behind, German champion Walsleben caught Mourey and Vermeersch early in the lap.
A lap further along the lead trio still had a solid 15-second advantage over Walsleben, who had moved ahead of the other chasers.
Again van der Haar tried to ride away from his companions. But Pauwels stuck close, with Meeusen a few bike lengths behind, as Walsleben worked his way forward. Belgian champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) was in a group of six a few seconds behind.
Pauwels soon rejoined van der Haar, but Meeusen was having trouble making the junction, chasing some six seconds back.
Pauwels crashes, van der Haar attacks
And then Pauwels slid out on a bumpy descent and van der Haar gave it the gas.
Heading into five laps to go van der Haar was all alone, with an 11-second gap over Meeusen and Pauwels. Walsleben was 21 seconds down in fourth and closing.
After his miscue Pauwels found it hard to stick with Meeusen, who had moved into sole possession of second.
With four to go, Van der Haar remained alone, 26 seconds ahead of Meeusen and Pauwels, who had regained his composure, with Walsleben at 31 seconds. Vantornout and Nys were at 45 seconds.
Three to go saw van der Haar with a 41-second gap over Meeusen and Pauwels. Vantornout was moving up to Walsleben as behind, Nys was off the bike and struggling with a jammed chain. He would later abandon the race.
And soon it was a four-man battle for second.
With two to go van der Haar led the quartet by more than a minute, and a second chase — Telenet teammates Van Kessel and Van Amerongen — was closing in on the first. Powers and Vermeersch were just behind.
Going into the final lap van der Haar was untouchable. Vantornout tried to escape the now-six-man chase on the run-up, and then Van Kessel attacked on the flats, splitting the group in two.
Pauwels was next to go, charging out of a corner and onto the flyover. Van Kessel followed.
Ahead, van der Haar celebrated with a grin and an air-punch as he crossed the line alone. Pauwels’ late attack was good enough for the runner-up spot at 26 seconds, while Van Kessel hung on for third at 34 seconds.
The second round of the World Cup will be November 22 in Koksijde, Belgium.
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Defending champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) had to get her World Cup campaign started the hard way on Sunday, coming from behind to win the first race of the 2014-15 UCI series in the Netherlands.
Compton needed a bike change early on after dumping her bike on the drive side, but bounced back to take the World Cup opener in Valkenburg by just 13 seconds over Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team).
Sophie De Boer (Kalas-NNOF) rounded out the podium in third at 25 seconds.
“I got stuck in traffic and then I got stuck behind someone on one of those steep uphills and they came to a stop and I was in the middle and I stopped and then I couldn’t unclip. And then I fell on the derailleur side and then I had to run to the pit,” she said.
“It was just one of those stupid things where, when you’re going up steep stuff and someone stops in front of you, there’s not much you can do.”
But Compton didn’t panic. She got back to business and set about reeling in riders.
“I knew this course wears on some people and I knew I’ve got a good finish, so I was just patient and tried to time trial it,” she said.
“This course is so hard that if you go too deep at times, you just can’t recover, so I just made sure that on the steep run-up and on the steep hills I went hard, but not so hard that I couldn’t recover and do it again.
“It was a hard effort today for sure. I don’t think I’ve dug that deep in a long time.”
Wyman was content with her ride, which she called “more than okay.”
“I felt really good at the beginning of the season since I’ve come back from America, and I thought I could do well here. It’s a really hard course and it’s hot, but you’re just sweating the whole time, it’s really humid heat, so it’s okay. I got an average start, but managed to work through pretty quick and then Katie was nowhere to be seen and I was thinking, ‘Seriously, what do I do now? There’s no one driving the race forward, what do I do?’
“I tried to break as many people as I could. I was starting to crack people and then she came past and then you’ve got a carrot to follow so I tried to follow her.”
De Boer was also looking for a wheel while trying not to overcook herself. After a good start she slipped past Wyman, but didn’t feel confident about staying out front.
“I was riding alone in the front, but immediately I felt I needed to take it a bit slower because my legs were okay, but I didn’t feel in top shape. So [I thought] I need to be careful and not over-push myself,” she said.
On the last two laps she was riding with Nikki Harris and Sanne Cant, and took advantage of a technical section to make her move.
“In the last two laps it was just with Nikki and Sanne and I knew I just had to pass them in the technical sections, because especially Sanne is a very technical rider. And I could, and then something happened with her chain, I don’t know, and Nikki dropped, so then it was in the last half lap I just thought I needed to keep going, don’t make any mistakes.
“But it was really hard, especially with the warmth. I really had to give like 120, maybe 150 percent today.”
Editor’s note: Dan Seaton contributed to this report.
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- 1. Katie Compton, Trek Cyclocross Collective, in 43:50
- 2. Helen Wyman, Kona Factory Team, at 00:13
- 3. Sophie DeBoer, Kalas-NNOF, at 00:25
- 4. Ellen Van Loy, Telenet-Fidea, at 00:38
- 5. Elle Anderson, Kalas-NNOF, at 00:42
- 6. Nikki Harris, Telenet-Fidea, at 00:57
- 7. Sanne Cant, Enetherm-BKCP, at 01:03
- 8. Pavla Havlikova, Telenet-Fidea, at 01:09
- 9. Sanne Van Paassen, Boels Dolmans, at 01:25
- 10. Jolien Verschueren, at 01:32
- 11. Arley Kemmerer, at 02:10
- 12. Lucie Chainel-Lefevre, at 02:29
- 13. Githa Michiels, Trek-KMC Trade Team, at 02:40
- 14. Aida Nuno, Lointek, at 03:03
- 15. Marlene Petit, at 03:51
- 16. Laura Perry, at 04:02
- 17. Nikola Noskova, at 04:02
- 18. Martina Mikulaskova, at 04:13
- 19. Karen Verhestraeten, at 04:16
- 20. Stephanie Vaxillaire, at 04:29
- 21. Juliette Labous, at 04:34
- 22. Maria Erlandsson Asa, at 04:36
- 23. Laura Verdonschot, at 04:39
- 24. Nadja Heigl, at 04:49
- 25. Elena Valentini, BTC City Ljubljana, at 04:53
- 26. Lizzy Witlox, at 05:21
- 27. Lise-marie Henzelin, at 05:26
- 28. Vendula Kuntova, Remerx-Merida Team Kolin, at 05:30
- 29. Reza Hormes, at 05:44
- 30. Hannah Payton, at 05:52
- 31. Katrien Thijs, at 06:07
- 32. Olivia Hottinger, at 06:10
- 33. Lisa Heckmann, at 06:10
- 34. Adela Bajgerova, at 08:20
- 35. Suzie Godart, at 08:25
- 36. Yvonne Fiedler, at :2LAP
- 37. Liv-susanne Bachmann, at :2LAP
- 1. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM Cycling, in 1:04:18
- 2. Jérémy ROY, FDJ.fr, at 0:53
- 3. Reidar Bohlin BORGERSEN, Team Joker, at 2:03
- 4. Carlos OYARZUN, Sélection Nationale, at 3:02
- 5. Aleksejs SARAMOTINS, IAM Cycling, at 3:24
- 6. Julien FOUCHARD, Cofidis, at 3:34
- 7. Stéphane ROSSETTO, Big-Mat Auber 93, at 3:39
- 8. Pierre-Luc PERICHON, Bretagne-Séché, at 3:54
- 9. Nicolas BALDO, Team Vorarlberg, at 4:12
- 10. Jelle WALLAYS, Topsport Vlaanderen, at 4:14
- 11. Samuel PÖKÄLÄ, Esko Lummelampi Pitkäkatu, at 4:48
- 12. Gustav LARSSON, IAM Cycling, at 5:17
- 13. Pierre GOUAULT, Big-Mat Auber 93, at 5:46
- 14. Gaëtan BILLE, Veran Classic, at 5:51
- 15. Boris DRON, Wallonie-Bruxelles, at 6:23
- 16. Gregor GAZVODA, Geb. Weiss-Oberndorfer, at 6:26
- 17. Olivier PARDINI, Vérandas Willems, at 6:30
- 18. Sander CORDEEL, Vastgoed Service-Gp, at 6:54
- 19. Evaldas SISKEVICIUS, La Pomme Marseille, at 6:54
- 20. Marcus CHRISTIE, An Post-Chain Reaction, at 7:00
- 21. Jimmy ENGOULVENT, Team Europcar, at 8:10
- 22. Zico WAEYTENS, Topsport Vlaanderen, at 9:46
- 23. Antoine DEMOITIÉ, Wallonie-Bruxelles, at 11:14
- 24. Romain BACON, Amateur-Vaulx En Velin, at 13:59
LES HERBIERS, France (AFP) — Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) wrapped up the European road season on Sunday with a victory in the Chrono des Nations individual time trial.
The French national time trial champion covered the 51.5km course in 1:04:18, 53 seconds faster than runner-up Jérémy Roy (FDJ.fr). Reidar Borgersen (Team Joker) finished third at 2:03.
Chavanel was the first Frenchman to win the Chrono des Nations since Pascal Lance did so in 1995. He finished third in 2013 and second in 2012.
Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), who won the last three editions of the race, skipped the event this year.
In the women’s race, Anna Solovey (Ukraine National Team) won for the second consecutive year, covering the 20.9km course in 27:37. Astana-Bepink’s Alison Tetrick, racing for the U.S. National Team, took the runner-up spot at 1:25 with Melodie Lesueur (Lointek) third at 1:52.
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Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) pipped Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) in a photo finish on Sunday to take the flowers in the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race.
The day’s escape in the 151.3km race in Utsonomiya Forest Park was caught going onto the final circuit, and a flurry of attacks saw a 10-man group form on the last ascent of the Kogashi climb.
Haas and Boasson Hagen battled to the line with Grega Bole (Vini Fantini-Nippo), and it took a camera to decide the victor. Bole rounded out the podium in third.
It was Boasson Hagen’s final race for the British team before he joins MTN-Qhubeka, and while he didn’t pull off the victory, sports director Gabriele Rasch said it was “a good result for him to finish on with Sky.”
“It would have been nice to have a win for Edvald’s last race. Still I think we can be pretty happy with the second place,” he said on the Sky website. “All the guys did really well riding for Edvald and Ben (Swift). Ben just didn’t quite have the legs to follow the group over the last big climb but they did a good job together.”
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- 1. Nathan HAAS, Garmin-Sharp, in 4:06:48
- 2. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, Sky, at :00
- 3. Grega BOLE, VFN, at :00
- 4. Michael Valgren ANDERSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :00
- 5. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, Trek Factory Racing, at :00
- 6. Valerio CONTI, Lampre-Merida, at :00
- 7. Davide FORMOLO, Cannondale, at :00
- 8. Moreno MOSER, Cannondale, at :00
- 9. Jan POLANC, Lampre-Merida, at :05
- 10. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :18
- 11. Manuele BOARO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :25
- 12. Daniel MARTIN, Garmin-Sharp, at :38
- 13. Thomas LEBAS, BGT, at :48
- 14. Fumiyuki BEPPU, Trek Factory Racing, at :48
- 15. Nariyuki MASUDA, BLZ, at :48
- 16. Steele VON HOFF, Garmin-Sharp, at :56
- 17. Christopher SUTTON, Sky, at :56
- 18. Ricardo GARCIA AMBROA, UKO, at :56
- 19. Bernard SULZBERGER, Drapac, at :56
- 20. Paolo LONGO BORGHINI, Cannondale, at :56
- 21. Salvador GUARDIOLA TORA, UKO, at :56
- 22. Taiji NISHITANI, AIS, at :56
- 23. Sho HATSUYAMA, BGT, at :56
- 24. Kohei UCHIMA, BGT, at :56
- 25. Cristiano SALERNO, Cannondale, at :56
- 26. Yukiya ARASHIRO, Europcar, at :56
- 27. Christophe KERN, Europcar, at :56
- 28. Phillip GAIMON, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:02
- 29. Damiano CUNEGO, Lampre-Merida, at 1:02
- 30. Tomohiro HAYAKAWA, AIS, at 1:02
- 31. Miyataka SHIMIZU, BGT, at 2:01
- 32. Jose Vicente TORIBIO ALCOLEA, UKO, at 3:11
- 33. Pier Paolo DE NEGRI, VFN, at 3:55
- 34. Elia FAVILLI, Lampre-Merida, at 3:55
- 35. Marco MARCATO, Cannondale, at 3:55
- 36. Hayden ROULSTON, Trek Factory Racing, at 3:55
- 37. Bjorn THURAU, Europcar, at 4:25
- 38. Yukihiro DOI, UKO, at 4:37
- 39. Yusuke HATANAKA, SMN, at 5:05
- 40. Ben SWIFT, Sky, at 5:36
- 41. Takashi MIYAZAWA, VFN, at 5:46
- 42. Karsten KROON, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 5:48
- 43. Bernhard EISEL, Sky, at 5:48
- 44. Atsushi OKA, at 5:48
- 45. Charles PLANET, Novo Nordisk, at 5:48
- 46. Javier MEGIAS LEAL, Novo Nordisk, at 5:51
- 47. Kazuhiro MORI, AIS, at 5:51
- 48. Damien MONIER, BGT, at 5:51
- 49. Ryoma NONAKA, SMN, at 5:51
- 50. Yoshimitsu HIRATSUKA, AIS, at 5:51
- 51. Yuzuru SUZUKI, BLZ, at 5:51
- 52. Wesley SULZBERGER, Drapac, at 5:51
- 53. Lachlan NORRIS, Drapac, at 5:51
- 54. Darren LAPTHORNE, Drapac, at 5:51
- 55. Shun YAMAMOTO, UKO, at 5:59
- 56. David LOZANO RIBA, Novo Nordisk, at 6:36
- 57. Jack ANDERSON, Drapac, at 6:36
- 58. Masakazu ITO, AIS, at 6:36
- 59. Naoya UCHINO, at 6:36
- 60. Shinri SUZUKI, BLZ, at 6:36
- 61. Takayuki ABE, BLZ, at 6:57
- 62. Takaaki HORI, BLZ, at 9:45
- 63. Shotaro IRIBE, SMN, at 9:48
- 64. Manabu ISHIBASHI, VFN, at 10:40
- 65. Keisuke KIMURA, SMN, at 11:52
- DNF Andrea VACCHER
- DNF Hayato YOSHIDA, SMN
- DNF Ian BOSWELL, Sky
- DNF Rory SUTHERLAND, Tinkoff-Saxo
- DNF Junya SANO
- DNF Genki YAMAMOTO, VFN
- DNF Yaroslav POPOVYCH, Trek Factory Racing
- DNF Kevin DE MESMAEKER, Novo Nordisk
- DNF Jeremy CORNU, Europcar
- DNF Tanzou TOKUDA
- DNF Suguru TOKUDA
- DNF Caleb FAIRLY, Garmin-Sharp
- DNF Jerome COUSIN, Europcar
- DNF Joe ELDRIDGE, Novo Nordisk