Kevin Pauwels(Sunweb-Revor) has left the powerful Fidea Cross Team for his own gig at Sunweb for 2011. Pauwels was the bronze medalist at last years Worlds and has produced other incredible results over the past few years.
Pauwels is one of the very best on the planet for Cyclocross racing and the video below shows one of his greatest rides to date.
One way to beat a on form Sven Nys is to tag team him with aggressive riding from two team mates, which is excatly what Stybar & Pauwels do in the video above. Fidea simply hit Nys from the left and the right, and never gave Nys a chance to control the race from the very front in the final moments of the last lap. A great example of how to race Cyclocross!
This video is must see action!
This is a great video because the action is non stop, the course is full of all kinds of obstacles, the speed is ripping, and the group at the front features most of the current crop of superstars of Euro Cyclocross. The big names came to play on this day and in the end it was Kevin Pauwles who was able to raise his arms in final victory!
Do check out the re-cap action in the video toward the end of the clip.
The re-cap shows a huge get off(crash) that took place on the start of the race. As well as quick shots of the in-race fighting between Nys and the Fidea hit squad.
It will be very intersting to see how Pauwels races this 2011 Cross season on his new Sunweb team. He has already won a race to start the season, and I have a feeling more success is on his horizon. Yet Nys, Albert, Stybar, & the boys from the Fidea team are sure to make life difficult for Pauwles as the season rolls on...