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Cyclo-cross World Cup #5 - CDM
Milan, Italy, December 8, 2005
Perfect five for Nys
Sven Nys (Rabobank) is well on the way to becoming the best cyclo-crosser for 2005-2006, with his fifth victory in five races in the UCI World Cup series and his 15th win of the season. Today in Milan, Italy, Nys beat home Erwin Vervecken (Fidea) and Italian favourite Enrico Franzoi (Lampre) by 12 and 14 seconds respectively.
"I always had the feeling that I could ride away," said Nys to Sporza Radio after the race. "I waited until everyone was in the box, and then it was get to the front and go hard. Still. it was a different race than last year. It wasn't as fast, it was harder."
Vervecken commented, "I have trained very hard in the last weeks and that now shows. I'm happy to stand on the podium again. I hope that I can manage a few nice results in the following weeks. I certainly want to stay at this level for another two years."
How it unfolded
The weekday round of the World Cup in Milan falls in the middle of an intense period of 'cross racing, with three World Cups in the space of eight days. Nys started as the outright favourite, as he has gradually improved as the 'cross season has worn on, while chief rival Bart Wellens (Fidea) losing some of his early shine. From the outset, it was the Rabobank team with the numbers up front, with Nys joined by Richard Groenendaal, Bart Aernouts, Sven Vanthourenhout, and their future teammate Gerben de Knegt (AA drink-Bejan). With them were Wellens, Franzoi and Van Gils (ZZPR.nl), while Vervecken was chasing the leaders.
Franzoi was the first to place a serious attack on lap 3, and created a small gap to the lead group. But Nys and Wellens closed it down, allowing Erwin Vervecken to attack just before the halfway point. Nys again bridged the gap and then put in what was the winning move. It was a powerful attack that netted him seven seconds in just one lap, with Wellens and Vervecken killing themselves in the chase. They were eventually caught by a group containing Franzoi, Van Gils, Vanthourenhout and Groenendaal.
Nys increased his advantage over the final laps, and could afford to relax a little on the bell lap to savour the victory. It was his 25th career World Cup win. Vervecken was too quick for Franzoi in the battle for the minor placings.
Women: Van den Brand again
The Dutch women finished on top in the women's race in Milan, with Daphny Van Den Brand (ZZPR.nl ) beating compatriot Marianne Vos for the honours, and Germany's Hanka Kupfernagel (Vlaanderen-Capri Sonne-T Interim) taking third place.
The race was dominated by the French riders early on, with Nadia Triquet, Laurence Leboucher (Heijdens-Ten Tusscher) and Maryline Salvetat (Lapierre International) all riding strongly. However, Vos and Van den Brand closed it down and it was the latter who managed to make the winning move. Hanka Kupfernagel managed to come from behind to move into third place by the finish.
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Elite Men 1 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank 57.35 2 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 0.12 3 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre - Caffita 0.14 4 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 0.22 5 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) ZZPR.nl 6 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank 0.31 7 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank 8 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) AA drink-Bejan 0.43 9 John Gadret (Fra) Chocolade Jacques 10 Petr Dlask (Cze) Empella Czech Team 11 Thomas Frischknecht (Swi) 12 Christian Heule (Swi) Stevens Racing Team 13 Radomir Simunek (Cze) 14 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank 15 Martin Bina (Cze) 16 Simon Zahner (Swi) 17 Michael Baumgartner (Swi) 18 Wim Jacobs (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 19 Camiel Van Den Bergh (Ned) Stevens Racing Team 20 Steve Chainel (Fra) 21 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) 22 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop 23 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux 24 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) 25 Thijs Al (Ned) Giant-Racing-Team 26 Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 27 Eddy Van Yzendoorn (Ned) 28 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team 29 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Morgan Blue 30 Marco Bianco (Ita) 31 Jens Schwedler (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 32 Romain Villa (Fra) 33 Fabian Brezinski (Ger) 34 Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze) 35 David Derepas (Fra) 36 Florian Vogel (Swi) 37 Bart Dirkx (Ned) 38 Miguel Martinez (Fra) 39 Alexander Moos (Swi) 40 David Rusch (Swi) 41 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 42 Robert Glajza (Svk) 43 Emil Hekele (Cze) Zekof Team 44 Martin Gujan (Swi) 45 Jens Reuker (Ger) RC Olympia 46 Alessandro Fontana (Ita) 47 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 48 Julien Belgy (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 49 Felix Gniot (Ger) 50 Mirco Balducci (Ita) 51 Massimo Folcarelli (Ita) 52 Václav Metlicka (Svk) Team Kral R.C. Pfeil Hof E.V 53 Pietro Pavoni (Ita) 54 Alessandro Di Tano (Ita) 55 Ivan Fanelli (Ita) 56 Gerhard Kernn (Aut) Elite Women 1 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl 2 Marianne Vos (Ned) 3 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Vlaanderen-Capri Sonne-T Interim 4 Nadia Triquet (Fra) 5 Laurence Leboucher (Fra) Heijdens-Ten Tusscher 6 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) Lapierre International 7 Helen Wyman (GBr) 8 Birgit Hollmann (Ger) 9 Reza Ravenstein (Ned) 10 Daniela Bresciani (Ita) 11 Lyne Bessette (Can) 12 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Therme Skin Care 13 Anja Nobus (Bel) 14 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) 15 Paola Bortolin (Ita) 16 Veerle Ingels (Bel) Vlaanderen-Capri Sonne-T Interim 17 Britt Jochems (Ned) 18 Monica Brunati (Ita) 19 Susanne Juranek (Ger) 20 Francesca Cuccinello (Ita) 21 Petra Hofs (Ned) 22 Nicole De Bie- Leyten (Ned) 23 Nicoletta Bresciani (Ita) 24 Milena Cavani (Ita) 25 Susy Godart (Lux) 26 Sarra Massaglia (Ita) U23 Men 1 Darius Gil (Pol) Paged-MBK-Scout 2 Marco Fontana (Ita) 3 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 4 Yves Corminboeuf (Swi) 5 Pirmin Lang (Swi) 6 Davide Malacarne (Ita) 7 Luca Damiani (Ita) 8 Derik Zampedri (Ita) 9 Rafael Visinelli (Ita) V.C. Bologna 10 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) 11 Marius Gil (Pol) Strzelce Krajenskie 12 Fabio Ursi (Ita) 13 Andreas Moser (Swi) 14 Alessandro Grandi (Ita) 15 Renè Lang (Swi) 16 Daniele Fratini (Ita) 17 Kristof Boelens (Bel) 18 Gabriele Guitori (Ita) 19 Laris Bonpiri (Ita) 20 Paolo Salvi (Ita) 21 Davy Traen (Bel) 22 Marius Petrache (Rom) 23 Giovanni Gatti (Ita) 24 Ivan Andrea Zuchi (Ita) 25 Emanuele Ferro (Ita) 26 Andrea Balpra (Ita) 27 Francesco Scapin (Ita) Juniors 1 Robert Gavenda (Svk) 2 Christian Cominelli (Ita) 3 Allessandro Calderan (Ita) 4 Andrea Caimi (Ita) 5 Matthias Fluckiger (Swi) 6 Fabrizio Braggion (Ita) 7 Omar Sottocornola (Ita) 8 Omar Bezzini (Ita) 9 Manuele Gaola (Ita) 10 Giancarlo Faia (Ita) 11 Christian Romaro (Ita) 12 Luigi Saronni (Ita) 13 Matteo Sottocornola (Ita) 14 Luca Mangarotti (Ita) 15 Anrea Mercelli (Ita) 16 Andrea Tucci (Ita) Courtesy of cyclo-cross.info