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Oostmalle, Belgium, February 17, 2008

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One man show from 'Prince Albert' concludes the season

By Brecht Decaluwé

The strongest rider at the end of the cyclo-cross season is clearly Niels Albert. In the last race of the season on the dry 2.8-kilometre long sand parcours, the 23 year-old copied his race from last year by giving a demonstration. Albert jumped away from the pack after less than two laps and he ended his solo after more than eight laps in an impressive gritting style.

"It was the same course like last year and I was very motivated for this last 'cross race of the season; apparently I'm in super form," Albert stated.

With his 18th victory of the season the U23 World Champion has shown that he will become a real threat for the old guard next season, when he will be racing among the elite riders all the time, whereas he was still an U23 rider this season. "The season is not ending too soon for me," Albert played down the feeling that he would be able to continue this series of wins for a while, "because for me it's almost over as well. From now on I'll focus on building a house," Albert smiled. When asked about his aspirations for next year the young Belgian pointed out that he wants the overall win in a regularity competition. "Next year I'll go for the overall victory in a Series – preferably the GvA-trophy – but then I'll need a strong build-up to the new season," Albert warned his older rivals.

In the women's race Daphny Van Den Brand had a small margin over her compatriot Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn, but once the race got under way there was no question about the eventual winner. Van Den Brand dominated the race, just as Niels Albert did in the men's race. Behind her the battle for second place was exciting and eventually it was Saskia Elemans who grabbed second place with a strong last lap in which she suddenly could've been a threat for the winner.

The sprint for third place was won by the talented Belgian Sanne Cant.

"With this GvA-trophy, women's cycling gets more attention," Van Den Brand said after the race, pointing out what it's all about for her. "Hopefully we will have more races next year although there will have to be more women at the start. Today, there were only 21 riders but that's because the Worlds are over and some are already focusing on MTB or the road, because as a woman you can't live from cyclo-cross alone."

Back to the men's race where behind Albert an exciting battle was going on between the fresh World Champion Lars Boom and the experienced Belgian Bart Wellens. Together they couldn't get back to Albert, but they managed to withstand the comeback from the other chasers. Eventually, it came down to an exciting sprint on the runway in Oostmalle, and it was won by the Belgian.

"There were certainly no more than five centimetres between the two of us," Wellens described how tight the sprint was. "We were both at the end of our forces, but I wanted to do all I could to finish second and I'm delighted that I could accomplish that goal after the blow I received by not participating in Baal. It's fantastic I could finish second in the GC after all."

When asked whether there was something possible against Albert, Wellens looked up with a frown. "I saw it when he jumped away and realised he was gone. Every lap he gained 10" while we went full on behind him; right now he's superman," Wellens praised his young compatriot.

World Champion Boom was fed up by the lost sprint although he was happy with his overall performance in the last race of the season. "My bike wasn't set-up for a sprint so I'm annoyed with that, but I'm very satisfied with a podium result," Boom said.

The young Dutch champion agreed that he didn't live up to the expectations after the World Championships in Treviso by skipping his race starts or performing poorly in the first weeks after his win. "After the Worlds my life was [busy] and I couldn't find a moment of rest," Boom explained why it took him awhile before he got back to a normal level. "Today, I was very motivated to secure my fourth place in the GC of the GvA-trophy."

The 'Cannibal' of cyclo-cross had some quiet weeks recently and once again he couldn't perform as good as he would want to. After taking a good start, Sven Nys was blown back in the bunch behind the first three riders and eventually recovered two laps before the finish to claim a decent fourth place.

It didn't matter too much for Nys, as he was already sure that the overall victory in the GvA-trophy was his. "I started with the goal to follow the leaders, but I was sent into a state like so many times during the last few weeks," the UCI leader explained. "I had to recovery from that for three to four laps before I could start thinking about accelerating again. There's nothing left in my tank and purely on character I managed to become fourth today. You can't win every race, I'm only human after all," Nys admitted although it must be said that he – once again – dominated the season.

The Belgian claimed his fifth overall victory in the GvA-trophy, his eighth victory in the Superprestige Series and is once again UCI leader at the end of the season.

In the overall classification of the GvA-trophy Nys precedes his arch rival Bart Wellens by a huge margin. The Fidea-rider managed to stay ahead of his Czech team-mate Zdenek Stybar and world champion Lars Boom.

As announced earlier there was no Jonathan Page at the start. Klaas Vantornout – who did receive a contested starting contract – took a day off and finished in 15th position, just behind the U23 Belgian champion Tom Meeusen.

How it unfolded

84 riders took the start on the airfield in Oostmalle and it was World Champion Lars Boom who showed the others his rear wheel. He was followed by Sven Nys, Niels Albert and Erwin Vervecken. The sand blew up and unsurprisingly some riders went down halfway the huge bunch, as the visibility was nihil. Boom kept leading through the forest, but when the riders exited Nys jumped to the front. The UCI leader took a nice gap and team-mate Boom played team tactics leading the bunch slowly through the sharp corners on the 2.8-kilometre course.

After one lap, Nys had a gap of 3" on Boom and Albert. Vervecken, Aernouts, Wellens, Peeters, Pauwels, Stybar, Sven Vanthourenhout and Groenendaal. Nys was caught early on in the second lap while Wellens brought the chasers back in touch with the leaders. In the forest, Albert took over from Nys and the young Belgian increased the tempo. The big group was stretched out and Nys had to work hard to stay on his co-citizen's wheel. At the pit-zone Nys decided that Albert was riding too quick for him and he dropped back, allowing Boom to the lead in the chase. Only Wellens was still in touch with these two riders, who were already 6" behind Albert. The main group followed at 16" from the leader. Albert took the three bonus points at the intermediate sprint after two laps, ahead of a hard-sprinting Boom (2) and Wellens (1); Nys was dropped by the sprint from Boom.

Wellens took the initiative with Boom on his wheel, but it would be a very hard job to get back to the unleashed Palmans-rider in front. Halfway through the third lap, Albert had a gap of 10" on Wellens/Boom, while Nys was caught by the group that was led by Czech Champion Stybar. By the end of the third lap – with seven laps to go – the duo behind Albert was chasing at 14", and the main chasing group was riding 26" behind the leader.

Albert was riding at least two km/h quicker than his rivals, and by the end of the fourth lap his lead grew up to 21". With six laps to go, Albert had ridden the quickest lap of the race, but the duo behind him didn't give up the fight. Fourteen riders gathered behind the first three riders and none of these men had aspirations left for a podium result.

Wellens showed more skill in the sand as Boom was forced to step off the bike during the fifth lap, nevertheless the World Champion managed to crawl back to Wellens' wheel. Meanwhile, Albert continued to go faster and this lap was his fastest of the day with 5'37". Nys was dropped back into a group with Belgian U23 Champion Tom Meeusen at more than a minute from the leader. The 20 year-old Fidea-rider was clearly enjoying his time out there, although it was certain that he was digging deeper than Nys to be in this group.

The sixth lap was a copy of the previous lap with diesel Albert again going a little quicker (5'36") and the others going a little slower with the gap growing up to 37" on Boom and Wellens, who worked well together to stay ahead of the chasers as they probably felt that winning was impossible against 'Prince Albert'. Behind the first three riders, everything came back together under impulse from Nys; Thijs Al led this big group at 1'10" from the leader.

During the seventh lap, Al got away with Groenendaal and Aernouts in search of the fourth place. Vervecken led the chase on these three riders. Boom made a mistake in the forest, allowing Wellens back to the lead and when the World Champion got stuck in the sand outside the forest the Belgian was gone. Boom switched bikes and with two laps to go the Dutch man had to make up more than 6" on Wellens. On the pavement at the start-finish line Boom steamed back to Wellens' wheel in no time – making up for an exciting battle at 47" from Albert.

Nys took the lead in the main chasing group and some riders had to realise that the UCI leader had saved his energy for the last two laps while they lost their energy halfway in the race with futile attacks. Meanwhile in front, Albert gritted his teeth and crossed the finish line to hit the final lap. Boom and Wellens followed at 54" from Albert; Nys jumped away from the chasers at 1'25" where Vervecken tried to stay in touch with the UCI leader.

Boom launched a power-lap in an effort to kill Wellens before the actual sprint, but the experienced Belgian stood tall. Just before hitting the final straight Wellens talked with Boom and possibly explained him that he needed a second place in the race for the second place in the GC of the GvA-trophy. In a tight sprint Wellens beat world champion Boom to become the best of the rest behind the untouchable winner Niels Albert. Nys kept his lead over the main chasing group to claim fourth ahead of Vervecken who held off Sven Vanthourenhout, Pauwels, Stybar, Aernouts and Groenendaal.


Elite men

1 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Cras                                  59.04
2 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                             1.03
3 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
4 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank                                           1.26
5 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                          1.28
6 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job
7 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team
8 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team                            1.31
9 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank
10 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) AA Sports Drinks
11 Thijs Al (Ned) BeOne-Chain Reaction Cycles
12 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank                                   1.34
13 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Palmans-Cras                         1.36
14 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                             1.43
15 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                        2.48
16 Jimmy Tielens (Bel) 2 Mega Saeco - Heist o/d berg                2.52
17 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                       3.00
18 Ben Berden (Bel) Revor Cycling Team                              3.02
19 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Easypay Cyclocross Team
20 Tom Van den Bosch (Bel) Palmans-Cras                             3.09
21 Petr Dlask (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team                              3.26
22 Marco Bianco (Ita) Arcobaleno Carraro                            3.38
23 Arne Daelmans (Bel) DCM-GB Vorselaar Cycling Team vzw            3.50
24 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank
25 Rob Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner
26 David Willemsens (Bel) Revor Cycling Team                        3.55
27 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job                             4.28
28 Nico Clarysse (Bel) Cycling Team Oost-West
29 Wim Leemans (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee                     4.32
30 Geert Wellens (Bel) AVB/USspa.be Cycling
31 Jan Van Dael (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job                                4.35
32 Roy Van Heeswijk (Ned) WV Schijndel
33 Jan Soetens (Bel) Revor Cycling Team
34 Mike Thielemans (Bel) Cycling Team Thielemans & Co - Reynaers    4.47
35 Bart Verschueren (Bel) Revor Cycling Team                        4.55
36 Tom De Kort (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee
37 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus                   4.59
38 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) CT Van Vliet EBH Advocaten
39 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida                      5.06
40 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Edegem BC                                     5.45
41 Marius Gil (Pol) VC Lievespurters                                6.03
42 Joachim Parbo (Den) CCV-Cicli Protek                             6.30
43 Stijn Huys (Bel) Palmans-Cras                                    6.32
44 Kristof Cop (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee                     7.13
One lap behind
45 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) TWC Het Snelle Wiel
46 Sten Raeymaekers (Bel) Cyclingteam Oost-West
47 Dries Govaerts (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team
48 Jerry Kallenfels (Ned) Easypay Cyclocross Team
49 Dennis Verhoeven (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee
Two laps behind
50 Jens Gys (Bel) Velosport Reigerlo Beernem
51 Edwin Arts (Ned) RTC Buitenlust
52 Rik van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Palmans-Cras
Intermediate sprint
1 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Cras                                      3 pts
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank                                             2
3 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                                1
Final GvA classification - elite men
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank                                            268 pts
2 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                              225
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team                             220
4 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank                                           213
5 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Cras                                    209
6 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) AA Sports Drinks                         196
7 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                           190
8 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank                                       169
9 Thijs Al (Ned) BeOne-Chain Reaction Cycles                         158
10 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job                          154
11 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                            153
12 Rob Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                  133
13 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida                       127
14 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Palmans-Cras                          120
15 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank
16 Ben Berden (Bel) Revor Cycling Team                               109 pts
17 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job                               92
18 Petr Dlask (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team                                87
19 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                          74
20 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Easypay Cyclocross Team                       56
21 Tom Van den Bosch (Bel) Palmans-Cras                               47
22 Jimmy Tielens (Bel) 2 Mega Saeco                                   44
23 Arne Daelmans (Bel) DCM-GB Vorselaar Cycling Team vzw              43
24 Jan Soetens (Bel) Revor Cycling Team                               35
25 Radomír Simunek (Cze) Palmans-Cras                                 34
26 Marius Gil (Pol)                                                   33
27 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Revor Cycling Team                             32
28 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française des Jeux                            31
29 Marco Bianco (Ita) Arcobaleno Carraro                              27
30 Christian Heule (Swi) Stevens Racing Team                          26
31 Wesley Van Der Linden (Bel) Sunweb Pro Job                         17
32 Wim Jacobs (Bel) Van der Vorst CT                                  16
33 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) AVB-USspa
34 David Willemsens (Bel) Revor Cycling Team                          15 pts
35 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Harvestehuder RSV v. 1909                13
36 Marek Cichosz (Pol) CWKS Legia Warszawa
37 Roy van Heeswijk (Ned)
38 Simon Zahner (Swi) Bürgis Cycling Team                             11 pts
39 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona-YourKey.com
40 Geert Van Crombruggen
41 Nico Berckmans (Bel) DCM-GB Vorselaar Cycling Team vzw             10 pts
42 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti
43 René Birkenfeld (Ger)
44 Davy Coenen (Bel) 2 Mega Saeco                                      9 pts
45 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cyclocrossworld.Com                             8
46 Rafael Visinelli (Ita) GS Forestale                                 6
47 Nico Clarysse (Bel) Cycling Team Oost-West
48 Tristan Schouten (USA) Planet Bike                                  5 pts
49 Isaac Suarez (Spa)
50 Peter Van Santvliet (Bel) AVB/USspa.be Cycling
51 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                   4 pts
52 Milan Barenyi (Svk) CK ZP Sport a.s. Podbrezová
53 Tom De Kort (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee                        3 pts
54 Kay Van Den Brande (Bel) Palmans-Cras
55 Jonathan Baker (USA) Primus Mootry                                  2 pts
56 Geert Wellens (Bel) AVB/USspa.be Cycling
57 Gusty Bausch (Lux)
58 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) TWC Het Snelle Wiel                       1
Intermediate sprint classification - elite men
1 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank                                            13 pts
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank                                             12
3 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                                8
4 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) AA Sports Drinks                           5
5 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Cras                                      4
6 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team                               3
7 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job
Final GvA standings U23
1 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                               135 pts
2 Jempy Drucker (Lux) Fidea Cycling Team                              90
3 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus                      72
4 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) CT Van Vliet EBH Advocaten                68
5 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                          59
6 Wim Leemans (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee                        46
7 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                          45
8 Kevin Cant (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee                         43
9 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank                                       39
10 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Edegem BC                                       34
11 Maxim Debusschere (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job
12 Lukás Kloucek (Cze) Selle Italia Guerciotti                        33 pts
13 Dries Govaerts (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team                        30
14 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank
15 Stijn Huys (Bel) Palmans-Cras                                      29 pts
16 Giovanni Denolf (Bel) Palmans-Cras                                 27
17 Jan Van Dael (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job                                  24
18 Paul Voss (Ger) Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta                           22
19 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank                                         21
20 Sven Verboven (Bel) Wielerclub Galmaarden Sportief                 20
21 Bart Verschueren (Bel) Revor Cycling Team                          19
22 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor                       17
23 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Team Löwik Meubelen
24 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job                       16 pts
25 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Selle Italia Guerciotti                       15
26 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi)                                            14
27 Kenny Geluykens (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job
28 Jiri Polnicky (Cze)
29 Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Sunweb-Pro Job                                11 pts
30 Ricardo van der Velde (Ned) Rabobank                               10
31 Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team
32 René Lang (Swi)                                                     9 pts
33 Dries Dewit (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team                            8
34 Ole Quast (Ger) Team Palmberg-Stevens                               5
35 Hugo Ruiz Martinez (Spa)
36 Björn De Decker (Bel)
37 Pawel Szczepaniak (Pol)                                             4 pts
38 Hans Becking (Ned) BeOne-Chain Reaction Cycles
39 Bart Hermans (Bel)
40 Ricardo van der Velde (Ned)
41 Kyle Douglas (Can)
42 Rik van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Palmans-Cras                               3 pts
43 Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Asfra Racing Team
44 Rob Vangenechten (Bel)
45 Marcel Meisen (Ger) RSC Stolberg
46 Alexander Forst (Ger) MTB Verein Berlin                             2 pts
47 Ivar Hartogs (Ned) Jan Van Arckel
48 Steffen Müller (Ger) RC Charlottenburg                              1 pt
Intermediate sprint standings U23
1 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                                 9 pts
2 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) CT Van Vliet EBH Advocaten                 5
3 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Heinz von Heiden Focus                       3
4 Wim Leemans (Bel) AWS Cycling Team Kasterlee
5 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank                                        2 pts
6 Jempy Drucker (Lux) Fidea Cycling Team
7  Lukas Kloucek (Cze)
8 Bart Verschueren (Bel) Revor Cycling Team                            1
1 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida                 38.01
2 Saskia Elemans (Ned) WV de Meteoor                                0.08
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) ASD Selle Italia Guerciotti                      0.12
4 Loes Sels (Bel) Vlaanderen - Capri Sonne - T Interim              0.13
5 Sanne van Paessen (Ned)                                           0.38
6 Veerle Ingels (Bel) AVB/USspa Cycling Team                        0.50
7 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) ZZPR.nl                              0.52
8 Helen Wyman (GBr) Global Racing Team                              1.00
9 Laurence Leboucher (Fra) Sarthe-Gasseau                           1.15
10 Mika Ogishima (Jpn) UWTC de Volharding                           1.23
11 Karen Verhestraeten                                              1.44
12 Gertie Willems (Bel) Wielerpromotieclub Jeugdteam                1.55
13 Monika Heuveling (Ned) RETO                                      2.05
14 Christine Vardaros (USA) Team Vanderkitten                       2.13
15 Dorien Raeymaekers (Bel)                                         2.40
One lap behind
16 Katrien Thijs (Bel) Edegem Bicycle Club V.Z.W.
17 Jo Blanchaert (Bel) A.T.B. De Mountain-Freaks Oudenaarde
Two laps behind
18 Mélanie Blot (Fra)
19 Limke Peeters (Bel) Wielerclub Oostende Noordzee
Final GvA standings women
1 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida                    87 pts
2 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) ZZPR.nl                                72
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) ASD Selle Italia Guerciotti                        67
4 Saskia Elemans (Ned) WV de Meteoor                                  65
5 Veerle Ingels (Bel) AVB/USspa Cycling Team                          58
6 Helen Wyman (GBr) Global Racing Team                                56
7 Loes Sels (Bel) Vlaanderen - Capri Sonne - T Interim                49
8 Laurence Leboucher (Fra) Sarthe-Gasseau                             33
9 Sanne van Paessen (Ned)                                             31
10 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Team Getränke-Hoffmann                        26
11 Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Team DSB Bank
12 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger)                                            25 pts
13 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Lingier - Versluys MTB Team
14 Mika Ogishima (Jpn) UWTC de Volharding                             24 pts
15 Gabriella Day (GBr) Global Racing Team                             23
16 Mirjam Melchers (Ned)                                              22
17 Christine Vardaros (USA) Team Vanderkitten                         19
18 Wendy Simms (Can) Kona-Yor Key Mortgage Team
19 Karen Verhestraeten                                                17 pts
20 Anja Nobus (Bel) Wielerclub Oostende Noordzee                      16
21 Gertie Willems (Bel) Wielerpromotieclub Jeugdteam                  13
22 Katrien Aerts (Bel) Benelux Team                                   11
23 Elke Riedl (Ned) Restore Cycling                                   10
24 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec n.N                9
25 Monika Heuveling (Ned) RETO                                         8
26 Sue Butler (USA) River City Bicycles                                7
27 Ilse Vandekinderen (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling
28 Suzanne Juranek (Ger)
29 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned)
30 Dorien Raeymaekers (Bel)                                            6 pts
31 Aline Parsy (Fra) Pédale Madeleinoise
32 Katrien Van Looy (Bel) Vlaanderen Capri-sonne T-Interim
33 Katrien Thijs (Bel) Edegem Bicycle Club V.Z.W.                      5 pts
34 Wendy Williams (USA) River City Bicycles
35 Jo Blanchaert (Bel) A.T.B. De Mountain-Freaks Oudenaarde            4 pts
36 Katrien Vermeiren (Bel) Emversport International Cycling Team
37 Mélanie Blot (Fra)                                                  3 pts
38 Daisy van der Aa (Ned) RTV Oldenzaalse WCL
39 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn)
40 Limke Peeters (Bel) Wielerclub Oostende Noordzee                    2 pts
41 Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra) UC Bassin Houiller
42 Veronique Staes (Bel)                                               1 pt
1 Stef Boden (Bel)                                                 34.05
2 Wietse Bosmans  (Bel)                                             0.20
3 Geert van der Horst (Ned)
4 Daan Meijers (Ned)
5 Arnaud Grand (Swi)
6 Kaj Slenter (Ned)
7 Zeb Willems (Bel)
8 Sven Beelen (Bel)
9 Simon Geets (Bel)
10 Jonathan Bervoets (Bel)
11 Ritchie Denolf (Bel)
12 Thomas Gysbrechts (Bel)
13 Kenny Maes (Bel)
14 Ruben Veestraeten (Bel)
15 Zeb Veestraeten (Bel)
16 Valentin Scherz (Swi)
17 Raf Risbourg (Bel)
18 Niels Koyen (Bel)
19 Bart Barkhuis (Ned)
20 Thomas Verbeek (Bel)
21 Mike Vreys (Bel)
22 Sieën Veestraeten (Bel)
23 Stijn Van Driessche (Bel)
24 Jonas De Boey (Bel)
25 Lennerd Van den Bleeken (Bel)
26 Sonny Volders (Bel)
27 Jens Joosen (Bel)
28 Jelle Storms (Bel)
29 Dimi Diels (Bel)
30 Jens Van den Bosch (Bel)
31 Ingmar Uytdewilligen (Bel)
32 Rutger La Haye (Bel)
33 Joachim Janssens (Bel)
34 Berten De Meyer (Bel)
1 Laurens Sweeck (Bel)                                             31.56
2 Bart De Vocht (Bel)
3 Hendrik Sweec (Bel)k
4 Mike Teunissen (Ned)
5 Diether Sweeck (Bel)
6 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank
7 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel)
8 Xandro Meurisse (Bel)
9 Tim Merlier (Bel)
10 David van der Poel (Ned)
11 Jesper Baelen (Bel)
12 Joeri Hofman (Bel)
13 Jelle Cant (Bel)
14 Jeroen Meijers (Bel)
15 Simon Lapeire (Bel)
16 Ben Kerrebrouck (Bel)
17 Jeroen Eyskens (Bel)
18 Daniel Peeters (Bel)
19 Maxim Panis (Bel)
20 Dries Heylen (Bel)
21 Frederik Geerts (Bel)
22 Jasper Stuyven (Bel)
23 Ief Faes (Bel)
24 Tijs Van Aert (Bel)
25 Niels Van den Driessche (Bel)
26 Leander Bertels (Bel)
27 Nick van Dijke (Ned)
28 Douw Verberne (Ned)
29 Daan Myngheer (Bel)
30 Fabrice Mels (Bel)
31 Maarten van Trijp (Ned)
32 Kenny Bultynck (Bel)
33 Jeffrey Mellemans (Bel)
34 Wannes Cauwenbergh (Bel)
35 Joshua Omez (Bel)
36 Toni Geeraerts (Bel)
37 Matthias Ballet (Bel)
38 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel)
39 Jens Saey (Bel)
40 Jellen Schiettecatte (Bel)
41 Stijn Heyse (Bel)
42 Joeri Vermeiren (Bel)
43 Michael Dhondt (Bel)
44 Lana Verberne (Ned)
45 Jelle Dejonghe (Bel)
46 Stef Beyers (Bel)
47 Eelke van der Horst (Ned)
48 Kenny Van Malderen (Bel)
49 Mike Mutsaerts (Bel)
50 Robin Van den Bruel (Bel)
51 Maaike Lanssens (Bel)
52 Caitlyn La Haye (Bel)
53 Kimberly Lambrechts (Bel)
54 Klaas Vermetten (Bel)
55 Jasper Struelens (Bel)
Masters A
1 Edwin Raats (Ned)                                                39.15
2 Bert Vervecken (Bel)
3 Wim Jansen (Bel)
4 Nico Schroyen (Bel)
5 Tom Wilmsen (Bel)
6 Sven Raeymakers (Bel) Cycling Team Vorselaar
7 Jan Goris (Bel) NHT Cycling Team Tielen
8 Luc Van Looveren (Bel)
9 Benny Van Staeyen (Bel)
10 Wim De Witte (Bel)
11 Harry Ruiterkamp (Ned)
12 Lino Colombo (Bel)
13 Jelle Vets (Bel)
14 Tim Borgers (Bel)
15 Kristof Vanderheyden (Bel)
16 Tim Goris (Bel)
17 Bart Van Asten (Bel)
18 Jurgen Deryckers (Bel)
19 Van den Muysenbergh (Bel)
20 Kenny Van Campenhout (Bel)
21 Benny De Busser (Bel)
22 Gijs Jongeling (Ned)
23 Kenneth Speltincx (Bel)
24 Jos Van Looy (Bel)
25 Filip Meulders (Bel)
26 Bert Mellaerts (Bel)
27 Gert Bevers (Bel)
28 Davy Paeshuyse (Bel)
29 Ivo Van Geloven (Bel)
30 Arnold Schoon (Ned)
31 Fredericq Dobbels (Bel)
32 Dirk Veldeman (Bel)
33 Peter Vervoort (Bel)
34 Serge Van Gelder (Bel)
35 Steven Wuyts (Bel)
36 Wim Vermeiren (Bel)
37 Tom Van Oers (Bel)
38 Benjamin Nelen (Bel)
39 Willem Van Geloven (Bel)
Masters B
1 Jan Van Donink (Bel)                                             39.25
2 Mark Verloo (Bel)
3 Marc Druyts (Bel)
4 Wim Krieckemans (Bel)
5 Danny Verhestraeten (Bel)
6 Erik Teck (Bel)
7 Dirk Mertens (Bel)
8 Peter Hoffmans (Bel)
9 Jeff Verbraeken (Bel)
10 Frank Groenendaal (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida
11 Marc Coolen (Bel)
12 Wim Van den Bergh (Bel)
13 Patrick Goor (Bel)
14 Mark Meys (Bel)
15 Peter Damen (Ned)
16 Jos Verdeyen (Bel)
17 Johan Meeus (Bel)
18 Eric De Graef (Bel)
19 Pascal Dysserinck (Bel)
20 Frank Van Oirschot (Ned)
21 Luc Van Beylen (Bel)
22 Erik Van der Sande (Bel)
Masters C
1 François Mertens (Bel)                                           38.10
2 Ronald De Scheemaeker (Bel)
3 Rudy Sels (Bel)
4 Rudy Bloemmen (Bel)
5 Jozef Staes (Bel)
6 Ludo Van Tichelt (Bel)
7 Eric Van Steerteghem (Bel)
8 Daniël Van Oosterwijck (Bel)
9 José De Clercq (Bel)
10 Jan Guido Geudens (Bel)
11 Jozef Sas (Bel)
12 Chris Geerts (Bel)
13 Roger Van Tichelt (Bel)
14 Luc Vanwesenbeeck (Bel)
15 Edward Lievens (Bel)
16 Ivan Coopman (Bel)
17 Alex Spruyt (Bel)
18 Willy Minnen (Bel)
19 François Vloemans (Bel)
20 Guy Ceuppens (Bel)
21 Florent Van Eyken (Bel)
22 Jackie De Meester (Bel)
23 Remi Beirinckx (Bel)
24 Johan Govaerts (Bel)
25 Robert Emodns (Bel)
26 Albert Bertels (Bel)
27 Wilfried Buysse (Bel)
28 Frans de Wit (Ned)
29 Frank Vermetten (Bel)
30 Albert van der Leeuw (Ned)

Past Winners

2007 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
2006 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank
2005 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank
2004 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank
2003 Ben Berden (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
2002 Arne Daelmans (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim
2001 Bart Wellens (Bel) Spaar Select
2000 Arne Daelmans (Bel)
1999 Sven Nys (Bel)
1998 Arne Daelmans (Bel)
1997 Paul Herijgers (Bel)
1996 Paul Herijgers (Bel)