Few laps to the finish a wind and rain storm hits the race. The large green highland of Oudenaarde turns dark, rubbish flys everywhere, riders fall everywhere and someone even passes through a commercial barrier. In front Nys and Albert just push more. Behinde Pauwels is suffering to keep the wheels of the second group: he got dropped on a climb where he couldn't go on pedaling and had to walk. Albert got dropped on the same climb when Nys changed his pace: last lap, last chance lost in the rain, in the heavy moved mud. But before, when it started raining and there was still the sun - low, languid sun of November - Nys and Albert were looking twins. They even turned at the same moment crossing the line and watching back for their common opponents who weren't in signs.
A disater for Pauwels but his team got a podium spot by Vantornout: he helped his leader as he could, finally went solo saving the race. I like Vantornout and am always glad when he can take his chancebut I like Pauwels more and wonder what happened with him... The last sun designed round circles of light on the camera. All colors were softer: the blue in the distance, the green of the short grass, the gray of the sky. After the finish a camera showed the desert route: all colors were dramatic - purple, dark and blue - while a low white sun designed in silouhette barriers and banners. The crowd were moving toward the podium while Kevin Pauwels arrived and still he got some claps and some support.
Beautiful pic here by cyclephotos
@cyclephotos http://instagram.com/p/RfYJvyx7Tn The moment where the race has been lost!
|1||Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL||1:00:31|
|2||Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus||0:00:13|
|3||Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor||0:01:04|
|4||Aurilien Duval (Fra) UV Aube||0:01:15|
|5||Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea||0:01:22|
|6||Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea||0:01:25|
|7||Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cyclocross Team||0:01:29|
|8||Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team||0:01:31|
|9||Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cyclocross Team||0:01:49|
|10||Twan van den Brand (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team||0:02:10|
|11||Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Revor||0:02:27|