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Superprestige #5 - Hamme-Zogge - C1

Bollekescross, Hamme Zogge, Belgium, December 10, 2006

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Nys claims five on five in Superprestige

UCI-leader overcomes illness and bad luck to clinch another big victory

By Brecht Decaluwť

A familiar sight: Nys wins yet another Superprestige
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The big names in European cyclo-cross are ill: Sven Nys (Rabobank) and Bart Wellens (Fidea) didnít touch their bikes yesterday and were uncertain about their participation in a drenched Hamme-Zogge. World champion Erwin Vervecken (Fidea) was ill last week and performed badly in the World Cup races Igorre and Milano (11th and 15th).

Still, they proved to be the strongest riders in the field. Sven Nys had the worst start of all but managed to come back from last position to first within twenty minutes. He easily distanced Wellens at the end of the second lap to claim his fifth Superprestige win of the season. "Nobody will believe that I was ill yesterday," Nys said after the race. "Actually I hesitated to participate in todayís race and if this wouldnít have been a Superprestige race, I would have stayed in bed," the Belgian champion explained. After the first kilometre, it seemed impossible that Nys would continue his winning streak in the Superprestige Series.

"I donít get it myself!" Nys honestly said. "I almost crashed at the start due to some gearing problems, then I just continued in my own pace without thinking about the victory; at the end of the first lap I was already in third position," the winner said. The Belgian started the chase on Bart Wellens and the surprisingly well-off Jan Soetens (Jartazi - Promo Fashion); two laps further Nys was riding alone in front and bagged another nice victory.

Wellens was happy with his second place behind Nys. "I knew that I wouldnít be super strong after Milano; I got ill and stayed in bed yesterday," he said. "My first two laps were very good but I had some breathing problems. My energy was fading and luckily the big gap from my good start was enough to claim that second place. I never focused on Nys as I wanted to ride my own race. Now I will stay in bed for a few days as Iím feeling quite bad," Wellens explained on Sporza TV.

Behind the two big names there was a interesting battle between four riders for third place. Gerben De Knegt and Sven Vanthourenhout (Rabobank) were paired with world champion Erwin Vervecken and Klaas Vantornout (Fidea). Dutchman De Knegt was the strongest halfway through the race, but in the end Vervecken steamed through to the podium. "My previous races werenít very good but now I hung on as long as possible. Reaching the end of the race, I noticed the others were suffering as well; that gave me wings," Vervecken said. "This course fits me very well and if I would have good legs I wouldíve been able to battle for victory," the world champion claimed.

American Ryan Trebon (Kona) finished tenth after enjoying a good start but eventually got dropped from the group that fought for third place halfway the race.

More at the back of the pack, the return of Tom Vannoppen (Palmans) was a success. The 28 year-old Belgian claimed his best result of the season with a 16th place; after being set back with a major depression. "Iíve been through hard times but every day Iím improving. I enjoyed the support of the crowds and during the last lap - shivers went down my spine. Still Iím only at 60 percent and I hope to get better through the rest of the season," Vannoppen explained. In contrast with the comeback from Vannoppen, heís young teammate Radomir Simunek Jr had a bad day. With two laps to go, the winner of the world cup event in Tabor abandoned the race.

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Results

Elite Men

1 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank                                 57.46
2 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                    0.53
3 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                 1.37
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                1.40
5 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank Continental Team      1.42
6 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team          2.22
7 Jan Soetens (Bel) Jartazi - Promo Fashion                3.04
8 Maxime Lefebvre (Fra) Josan                              3.40
9 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Palmans - Collstrop                  4.00
10 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona Factory Cyclocross Team          4.18
11 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) ZZPR.nl                           4.22
12 Peter Van Santvliet (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team            5.05
13 Thijs Al (Ned) Bejan-Rings                              5.15
14 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) SD Worx                           5.23
15 Arne Daelmans (Bel) Palmans - Collstrop                 5.42
16 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) Palmans - Collstrop                 6.32
17 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team
18 Stijn Penne (Bel)
19 Ronald Mutsaars (Ned) ZZPR.nl
20 Mariusz Gil (Pol)
21 Radomir Jr Simunek (Cze) Palmans - Collstrop
22 Wim Jacobs (Bel) Van Der Vorst
23 Geert Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team
24 Steven Decaluwe (Bel)
25 Wim Maes (Bel)
26 Daniel Hufnagel (Aut)
27 Steven De Schoeisitter (Bel)
28 Nqobizitha Tshabalala (Zim)
29 Renť Mertens (Bel)

Juniors

1 Vincent Baestiaens                                      38.10
2 Kevin Eeckhout                                           0.15
3 Ramon Sinkeldam                                          0.34
4 Twan Van den Brand                                       0.43
5 Yannick Wydooghe                                         0.55
6 Kristof Scheirs                                          1.03
7 Kristof Cop                                              1.38
8 Jonathan Mcevoy                                          1.44
9 Kevin Smit                                               1.53
10 Bart Hermans                                            2.17
11 Geert Van der Horst                                     2.30
12 Bart Barkhuis                                           2.48
13 Kenneth Bultynck                                        3.13
14 Michiel Dielemans                                       3.23
15 Kevin Van Synghel                                       3.49
16 Kenneth Marien                                          4.01
17 Dries Ingels                                            4.35
18 Dimitri Stevens                                         4.45
19 Kaell Pizzy                                             5.09
20 Jeffrey Depuydt                                         6.55
21 Hendrik Van den Bossche                                 6.57
22 Matthias Moeyaert                                       7.27
23 Lorenzo Messine                                         8.10
24 Jonas De Boey                                           9.20
25 Vincent Van Hooste                                      9.30

One lap down
26 Sven De Boey
27 Elien Vercamer
28 Sam Van

Under 23

1 Niels Albert                                            52.17
2 Zdenek Stybar                                            1.00
3 Rob Peeters                                              2.10
4 Tom Van den Bosch                                        2.41
5 Jan Van Dael                                             3.09
6 Stijn Huys                                               3.27
7 Maxim Debusschere                                        3.43
8 Kenneth VanCompernolle                                   4.04
9 Quentin Bertholet                                        4.27
10 Dennis Vanendert                                        4.56
11 Dave De Cleyn                                           5.09
12 Dries Dewit                                             5.32
13 Eddy van IJzendoorn                                     5.48
14 Jempy Drucker                                           6.00
15 Hans Becking                                            6.11
16 Boy van Poppel                                          6.34
17 Thomas Vernaeckt                                        6.42
18 Jan Van Zeebroeck                                       7.25
19 Gianni Denolf
20 Matthias Onghena                                        7.54
21 Dieter Vanthourenhout                                   8.01
22 Zengeni Brian                                           8.20
23 Kevin Cant                                              8.29
24 Dennis Verhoeven                                        8.36
25 Dries Pauwels                                           8.48
26 Harm Vandekerckhove                                     9.37
27 Gregory Franckaert                                     10.24

One lap down
28 Hans Van den Bogaert
29 Thomas Boeckx
30 Martin Gordon
31 Wim Thijs
32 Thomas Desmet
33 Elmer Walraedt
34 Mathias Holvoet
35 Stefan Ott
36 Tom Decock
37 Kristof Dhollander

Beginners

1 Angelo De Clercq                                        29.16
2 Vinnie Braet                                             0.10
3 Niels Wytinck                                            0.15
4 Milan Van den Ende                                       0.21
5 Zico Waeytens                                            0.36
6 Xandro Meurisse                                          1.44
7 Thomas Verbeeck
8 Wietse Bosmans                                           1.56
10 Robin Poelvoorde                                        2.07
10 Nield Koyen                                             2.14
11 Valentijn Van de Velde                                  2.18
12 Bart De Bondt                                           2.36
13 Andy Waegemans                                          2.44
14 Ritchie Denolf                                          2.52
15 Dylan Desruelle                                         3.01
16 Gert-Jan Opsomer                                        3.16
17 Frederik Geerts                                         3.33
18 Jens Adams
19 Karl Peeters
20 Hendrik Sweeck
21 Christophe Ysenbaardt
27 Simon Declercq                                          4.10
23 Jimmy Segers                                            4.37
24 Tijs Van Aert                                           5.00
25 Thomas Van Overbeke
26 Jordan Aerts                                            5.51
27 Jorne Carolus
28 Marijn Bal
29 Wim Allary
30 Clint Van Droogenbroeck                                 6.30
31 Jan Van Meirvenne
32 Tim Merlier
33 Dion Van Hommerig                                       8.05
34 Koen Van de Put
35 Ilse Vandekinderen
36 Kenny Goossens
37 Stijn Lapierre
38 Jens Saey                                               9.11
39 Martijn Lambrecht                                       9.25
40 Niels Van Gysegem                                       9.38
41 Kenny Bultiynck                                         9.53
42 Dylan Galens                                           10.48
43 Rutger La Haye                                         11.20
44 Kim Van Renterghem                                     12.02
45 Manuel Timmermans                                      14.56
46 Bart Van Dongen

One lap down
47 Sam Can de Mieroop

Superprestige Classification after #5 

Elite Men

1 Sven Nys                                                   90 pts
2 Bart Wellens                                               75
3 Sven Vanthourenhout                                        67
4 Erwin Vervecken                                            63
5 Gerben de Knegt                                            56
6 Klaas Vantornout                                           46
7 Richard Groenendaal                                        46
8 Kevinuwels                                                 37
9 John Gadret                                                26
10 Thijs Al                                                  24
11 Davy Commeyne                                             22
12 Jan Soetens                                               22
13 Francis Mourey                                            20
14 Kamil Ausbuher                                            17
15 Petr Dlask                                                16
16 Wilant Van Gils                                           16
17 Radomir Simunek                                           14
18 Maxime Lefebvre                                           14
19 Maarten Nijland                                           10
20 Jan Verstraeten                                            8
21 Bart Aernouts                                              6
22 Christian Heule                                            6
23 Ryan Trebon (VS                                            6
24 Peter Van Santvliet                                        4
25 Wim Jacobs                                                 3
26 Tim Van Nuffel                                             3
27 Marco Bianco                                               3
28 Enrico Franzoi                                             2
29 Arne Daelmans                                              2

Junior

1 Vincent Baestiaens                                         83 pts
2 Ramon Sinkeldam                                            78
3 Joeri Adams                                                67
4 Kevin Eeckhout                                             53
5 Yannick Wydooghe                                           51
6 Sven Verboven                                              43
7 Kristof Cop                                                42
8 Bart Bruyndonckx                                           37
9 Jim Aernouts                                               30
10 Kristof Scheirs                                           30
11 Twan van den Brand                                        27
12 Geert Van der Horst                                       17
13 Frederick Catrysse                                        16
14 Dimitri Stevens                                           16
15 Marcel Meisen                                             14
16 Jordy Beuker                                              14
17 Bart Hermans                                              14
18 Marek Kondia                                              12
19 Paul Herman                                               10
20 Ole Quast                                                  9
21 Jonathan McEvroy                                           8
22 Jasper Ockeloen                                            7
23 Kevin Smit                                                 7
24 Kaellzzy                                                   6
25 Julian van Dijk                                            6
26 Bart Barkhuis                                              6
27 Rob van der Velde                                          4
28 Jochen Torfs                                               4
29 Kevin Bultynck                                             3
30 Vincent Renaux                                             2
31 Michiel Dieleman                                           2
32 Jordy van Erp                                              1
33 Kenneth Marien                                             1
 
Under 23

1 Niels Albert                                               89 pts
2 Zdenek Stybar                                              85
3 Robeters                                                   64
4 Jempy Drucker                                              48
5 Boy vanppel                                                47
6 Dieter Vanthourenhout                                      45
7 Tom Van den Bosch                                          40
8 Eddy van IJzerdoorn                                        39
9 Tom Meeusen                                                34
10 Thijs van Amerongen                                       33
11 Maximum Debusschere                                       30
12 Wim Leemans                                               30
13 Quentin Bertholet                                         25
14 Kenneth Van Compernolle                                   21
15 Stijn Huys                                                18
16 Ricardo van der Velde                                     14
17 Jan Van Dael                                              11
18 Maxim De Busschere                                         9
19 Mitchell Huenders                                          8
20 Kevin Cant                                                 7
21 Denis Vanendert                                            6
22 Dave De Cleyn                                              5
23 Dries Dewit                                                4
24 Syzvester Janisewski                                       3
25 Finn Heitmann                                              2
26 Yvar Hertogs                                               1
27 Daan de Jonge                                              1
28 Hans Becking                                               1