UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup round five: Namur - gallery

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Namur hosted the last of three rounds of the 2012-13 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup to be held in the homeland of ‘cross: Belgium.

The home riders in the elite men’s race did not disapoint, with Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor), national champion, Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony), and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) filling the podium.

Just one Belgian rider, Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP), finished in the top 10 of the women’s race, which was won by the American, Katie Compton (Trek), engaged on a seemingly unstoppable run to overall World Cup victory.

British champion, Helen Wyman (Kona), and Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea) finished fourth and fifth, behind returning world cyclo-cross champion, Marianne Vos (Rabobank).

Balint Hamvas, one of the most exciting photographic talents in cycling, sent these images.

Course, UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2012-13, Namur, Pic: Balint Hamvas

The course in the citadel of Namur is one of the most attractive on the World Cup calendar

Kevin Pauwels, UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2012-13, Namur, Pic: Balint Hamvas

 Kevin Pauwels’ bike handling skills carried the day for him in Namur

Sven Nys, UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2012-13, Namur, Pic: Balint Hamvas

Belgian champion, Sven Nys, was aiming for a third World Cup win in a row, but was unable to match Pauwels

Podium, UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2012-13, Namur, Pic: Balint Hamvas

The podium can be a a lonely place before the ceremonies begin

Helen Wyman, UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2012-13, Namur, Pic: Balint Hamvas

National champion, Helen Wyman, was the first British woman home after finishing fourth

Nikki Harris, UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2012-13, Namur, Pic: Balint Hamvas

 Nikki Harris was fifth and moved to third in the overall standings with two rounds to go

Gabriella Day, UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2012-13, Namur, Pic: Balint Hamvas

Gabby Day suffered a difficult outing in Namur and finished 21st

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Katie Compton, UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup, round five, Pic: Balint Hamvas

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