True to form Albert went on the offensive early, maintained his tempo and steadily built up an increasing lead over his rivals. Only world cup champion Pauwels posed a threat, but failed to close the gap on the leader.
On his fourth round Albert overtook a first rider.
Pauwels and Nys maintained their pursuit, but stranded a half a minute behind Albert. Seven Belgians filled the first seven places with no sign of reigning champion Zdenek Stybar of the Czech Republic, who finished a poor 13th.
In the closing stages Nys dropped back to finish only seventh. Rob Peeters overtook Pauwels to take bronze with third place for Kevin Pauwels.
"My season is a success" a clearly satisfied Niels Albert entrusted to newsmen.