Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) has won the fifth round of the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Namur, Belgium.
The defending champion rode to a comfortable victory ahead of Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) and world champion, Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus).
His victory at Namur places him third, eleven points behind series leader, Albert, and 10 points behind Belgian champion, Nys.
Pauwels said he had not expected to do well on a circuit that involved so much off-the-bike action on uphill sections, but admitted that nearing the end of the race he had gained a sufficient lead to slow down.
His 48-second victory margin over Belgian champion, Nys, told its own story. Albert finished one minute back.
Katie Compton (Trek) moved closer to overall victory in the women’s World Cup with an emphatic victory at Namur.
The American saw off the challenge of the Czech rider, Katerina Nash, and world champion, Marianne Vos (Rabobank).
Compton’s bike handling skills won her the day on a tricky course with an off-camber descent.
British riders were fourth and fifth with national champion, Helen Wyman (Kona), finishing just five seconds behind Vos, and Harris crossing the line some 1.24 down on Compton.
Harris moves to third in the overall standings, 17 points ahead of Wyman, but Compton’s lead, some 80 points clear of second-placed Sanne Van Paassen, looks unassailable with just two rounds to go.
UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup round five – Namur
1) Kevin Pauwels (BEL) – Sunweb-Revor – 1.02.47
2) Sven Nys (BEL) – Landbouwkrediet-Euphony +48”
3) Niels Albert (BEL) – BKCP-Powerplus +1.00
4) Francis Mourey (FRA) – FDJ-Big Mat +1.21
5) Klaas Vantornout (BEL) – Sunweb- Revor +1.45
6) Bart Aernouts (BEL) – AA Drink-Leontien.Nl +2.20
7) Thijs Van Amerongen (NED) – AA Drink – Leontien.Nl +2.37
8) Lars Van Der Haar (NED) – Rabobank-Giant +2.50
9) Tom Meeusen (BEL) – Telenet-Fidea +3.16
10) Niels Wubben (NED) – Rabobank-Giant +3.23
1) Katherine Compton (USA) – Trek – 38.09
2) Katerina Nash (CZE) – Luna Pro Team +28”
3) Marianne Vos (NED) – Rabobank +50”
4) Helen Wyman (GBR) – Kona +55”
5) Nikki Harris (GBR) – Young Telenet-Fidea +1.24
6) Sanne Van Paassen (NED) – Rabobank +1.51
7) Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) – BH- SR Suntour-Peisey Vallandry +1.57
8) Eva Lechner (ITA) – Colnago Sudtirol +2.41
9) Sanne Cant (BEL) – Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP +2.46
10) Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (FRA) – Hitec Products-Mistral Home +2.48