Double rainbow

World champ Zdenek Stybar kissed the handlebars of his bike after winning Sunday’s World Cup round, and then he gave a little love to series leader Kevin Pauwels, who hit the deck on the final go-round in Liévin, France.

The Quick-Step rider had been off the front with Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) and Radomir Simunek (BKCP-PowerPlus). Simunek was first to cave under the pressure of repeated accelerations, and then when Stybar punched it going into the stairs on the final lap, Pauwels slid out.

That was all the edge Stybar needed. He kept the pedal to the metal and sailed to his first World Cup victory of the season. Pauwels hung on for second at 16 seconds with Simunek third at 30 seconds.

“And to think that I had come to France just to practice,” he said. “I was even late to the starting line!”

Stybar also paid a compliment to his fallen rival.

“I was also helped by Pauwels’ fall; otherwise I’m not so sure I could have beaten him,” he said.

Two Americans cracked the top 20. U.S. champ Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) was 14th at 1:35 while Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) crossed 17th at 1:39. Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) finished 22nd at 1:58 while Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) finished 30th at 3:03.

In women’s racing, world champ Marianne Vos (Rabobank) served up yet another dominating performance, taking the victory 48 seconds ahead of Daphny Van Den Brand (AA Drink-Leontien.nl). American champ Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) crossed third at 1:14.

Kaitlinn Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) cracked the top 20, finishing second at 3:30. Christine Vardaros (Baboco Cycling Team) finished 26th at 5:55.

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One Response to “Double rainbow”

  1. Larry T. Says:

    Thanks for the update, more pressing manners (a leisurely Sunday pranzo here in Sicily) kept me away from live webstreaming. BRAVI to the other ‘Muricans coming over to race alongside Page!

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