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Superprestige #2 - Sint-Michielsgestel - C1

Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands, October 29, 2006

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Nys recovers best from displacement

By Brecht Decaluwé

Sven Nijs (Rabobank)
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After his disappointing performance in Tabor on Saturday, Sven Nys (Rabobank) has given his opponents a clear answer by winning the second event of the international Superprestige, in Sint-Michielsgestel, Holland. The big names of cyclo-cross had an additional challenge, after travelling from Tabor, Czech Republic to Holland in one night.

"I wasn't 100% just yet," Sven Nys reacted on his win on Belgian Sporza radio. "Just like everybody else, the trip from Tabor was still felt; I also had some back pains."

Nevertheless, it was clear that Sven Nys was the strongest man in today's race; the Belgian added, "Wellens already asked me to take over the lead after half a lap. When I accelerated something must've happened as I immediately got away."

How it unfolded

It seemed that Bart Wellens (Fidea) had recovered well from his efforts on Saturday in Tabor, where he finished second, as he got away together with his young Fidea team mate Kevin Pauwels and Sven Nys. After one lap they already had 20 seconds on the bunch. When Nys accelerated after four laps, Wellens slipped away while Pauwels had already lost ground on the two big guns. In front of his home crowd Richard Groenendaal (Rabobank) forced a good comeback; managing to get past Bart Wellens who had two flat tyres.

Niels Albert (Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop)
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The course in Sint-Michielsgestel delivered real cyclo-cross for the first time this season. Sven Nys was happy with that, saying to Belgian Sporza radio, "It was good to have a real cross [race] after the yesterday's fast race in Tabor. I think everybody likes this more."

The riders have a busy schedule these days with the first event in the "Gazet van Antwepen-trofee" coming on Wednesday. The race is held up and around the legendary Koppenberg (also known from the Tour de Flanders), where Cyclingnews will be there as well to report. "I've got two days to recover from these efforts, that should be enough because I want to win there," Nys already looked forward to the next race.

Kevin Pauwels had his best race of the season, finishing second. "I didn't expect this," said the Fidea rider. The neo-pro managed to hold off the experienced Richard Groenendaal. "When Wellens fell away with a mechanical I was already dropped. ... I was already happy to be on the podium as I was suffering with back pains halfway through the race. My shape is ok," Pauwels ended with an understatement.

The surprising winner of the world cup race in Tabor, Radomir Simunek (Palmans) couldn't repeat his performance and only managed a 12th place. Not surprising, as there were probably some celebrations and of course the long travel afterwards that didn't allow him a good night's rest.

In the overall Superprestige standings after round #2 Sven Nys still has the maximum, 30 points. He is followed by Bart Wellens, who's already five points behind. Nys' team mate Richard Groenendaal concludes the top-three with 24 points.

Winner of the U23-race was Niels Albert (Palmans) who preceded Zdenek Stybar (Fidea). The Belgian talent didn't race in Tabor and went flat out right from the start in Holland, and nobody could follow him.


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Elite Men

1 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank                           1.04.31
2 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team               0.26
3 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank                   0.41
4 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                0.58
5 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank                       1.12
6 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team             1.31
7 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank
8 Thijs Al (Ned) Bejan-Rings                           2.07
9 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) ZZPR.nl                        2.32
10 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team            2.44
11 Maarten Nijland (Ned) Eurogifts.Com
12 Radomir Simunek (Tsj)
13 Wim Jacobs (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team
14 Petr Dlask (Cze) AVB Asbestverwijdering
15 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Morgan Blue
16 Ronald Mutsaars (Ned)
17 Arne Daelmans (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - T Interim
18 Johan van de Ven (Ned)
19 Marco Bianco (Ita)
20 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop
21 Camiel Van Den Bergh (Ned) Stevens Racing Team
22 Mathijs Wagenaar (Ned)
23 Rick Evers (Ned)
24 Gregory Vandenbossche
25 Roel van Houtum (Ned)
26 Roy van Heeswijk (Ned)
27 Guus Magielse (Ned)
28 Daan Bongers (Ned)
29 Joram Hartogs (Ned)
30 Patrick de Laat (Ned)
31 Andrew Davison (Ned)
32 Guus Schoth (Ned)
33 Arnaud van Leest (Ned)
1 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop 51.32 2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team 0.35 3 Dieter Vanthourenhout 0.38 4 Jempi Drucker (Lux) 0.57 5 Tom Meeusen 1.08 6 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop 1.28 7 Wim Leemans 1.52 8 Maxim Debusschere 1.57 9 Tom Van den Bosch 10 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) 2.18 11 Stijn Huys (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop 12 Rob Peeters 13 Ricardo van der Velde (Ned) 14 Kenneth Van Compernolle 15 Kevin Cant 16 Quentin Bertholet 17 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) 18 Bart Verschueren 19 Daan de Jonge (Ned) 20 Bart Senders (Ned) 21 Finn Heitmann (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 22 Jerry Kallenfels (Ned) 23 Boy van Poppel (Ned) 24 Remco Broers (Ned) 25 Gianni Denolf 26 Koen van Grootel (Ned) 27 Dennis Verhoeven 28 Edwin Arts (Ned) 29 Joeri Kouwenhoven (Ned) 30 Rik Adriaans (Ned) 31 Thomas Boekx 32 Dries Pauwels 33 Enrico Liebe (Ned) 34 Jan van Zeebroeck (Ned) 35 Geert van der Sanden (Ned) 36 Mark Smit (Ned) 37 Lukas Keller (Dui) 38 Bart Wouters 39 Thijs van den Berg (Ned) 40 Jeroen Dekkers (Ned) 41 Wim Thijs 42 Rob van Bekkum (Ned) 43 Jan Verhaegh (Ned) 44 Frank Sikking (Ned) 45 Pieter Reekmans 46 Tom Lambrechts 47 Liwald Doornbos (Ned) 48 Tom Marcelis (Ned) 49 Paul Dokkers (Ned) 50 Remco Kuijlenburg (Ned)   Juniors 1 Jim Aernouts (Bel) 39.07 2 Vincent Baestaens 3 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) 4 Joeri Adams (Bel) 5 Yannick Wydooghe (Bel) 6 Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) 7 Sven Verboven (Bel) 8 Bart Bruyndonckx (Bel) 9 Kristof Cop (Bel) 10 Jordy Beuker (Ned) 11 Twan van den Brand (Ned) 12 Rob van der Velde (Ned) 13 Frederick Catrysse (Bel) 14 Julian van Dijk (Ned) 15 Dimitri Stevens (Bel) 16 Kevin Smit (Ned) 17 Jordy van Erp (Ned) 18 Steven van Leijen (Ned) 19 Stefan Limburg (Ned) 20 Bas Stamsnijder (Ned) 21 Marcel Meisen (Ned) 22 Rob van der Heijden (Ned) 23 Bart Berkhuis (Ned) 24 Nick de Proost (Bel) 25 Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) 26 Ferdi Gerritse (Ned) 27 Kenneth Mariën (Bel) 28 Kaj Slenter (Ned) 29 Tommy van Beers (Ned) 30 Joel Bakker (Ned) 31 Mickey Kallenfels (Ned) 32 Dave de Best (Ned) 33 Geert van der Horst (Ned) 34 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) 35 Tommy Groffen (Ned) 36 K Pauwels (Bel) 37 Rico Wientjens (Ned) 38 Robert Kuiper (Ned) 39 Kevin Knops (Ned) 40 Jaren van Diermen (Ned) 41 Thijs Broenink (Ned) 42 Allan Veenstra (Ned) 43 Adri Nugter (Ned) 44 Henk Wildeman (Ned) 45 Timo Daams (Ned) 46 Cees de Ridder (Ned) 47 Chipo van der Schoot (Ned) 48 Johnny van Diemmen (Ned) 49 Gilles Spierings (Ned) 50 Frans van Bekkum (Ned) 51 Erwin van Dijk (Ned) 52 Steven Stenekes (Ned) 53 Nils van Kooij (Ned) 54 Maurits Bekkema (Ned) 55 Brian Rutjens (Ned) 56 Lars Lammertink (Ned) 57 Rens van Kerckhoven (Ned) 58 Floris van der Sluijs (Ned) 59 Pascal van Gool (Ned)   Novice 1 Tijmen Eising (Ned) 32.57 2 Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) 3 Wouter Haan (Ned) 4 Bas Krauwel (Ned) 5 Elmar Reinders (Ned) 6 Daan Meijers (Ned) 7 Milan van den Ende (Ned) 8 Emiel Delfsma (Ned) 9 Robin De Cnodder (Bel) 10 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) 11 Renzo van Ree (Ned) 12 Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) 13 Stefan van den Bergh (Ned) 14 Kay Welten (Ned) 15 Dennis Stultiens (Ned) 16 Rinze De Proost (Bel) 17 Jurrien Bosters (Ned) 18 Jelle Lugter (Ned) 19 Robin Wekkekes (Ned) 20 Erwin Broers (Ned) 21 Jens Adams (Bel) 22 Tristan Martens (Ned) 23 Dion Vanhommerig (Ned) 24 Arian Smit (Ned) 25 Mike Teunissen (Ned) 26 Tim Opdam (Ned) 27 Binne-Pier de Haan (Ned) 28 Hendrik Sweeck (Bel) 29 Bram Berkhout (Ned) 30 Michael Peeters (Bel) 31 Maarten Rechterschot (Ned) 32 Willem Klein Tijssink (Ned) 33 Brian Brusselman (Ned) 34 Wilco van Beusekom (Ned) 35 Mark van der Heijden (Ned) 36 Martijn van den Belt (Ned) 37 Niek Meeusen (Bel) 38 Dirk Van de Westelaken (Ned) 39 Melvin van Zijl (Ned) 40 Jasper Nandjes (Ned) 41 Wesley Steekers (Ned) 42 Bram van den Oetelaar (Ned) 43 Kevin Klement (Ned) 44 Mark Welle (Ned) 45 Robin van der Werf (Ned) 46 Djago Smits (Ne)d 47 Danny Ariesen (Ned) 48 Mike Mutsaerts (Ned) 49 Nick van Dijke (Ned) 50 Martijn Pastoors (Ned) 51 Bram van de Schoot (Ned) 52 Gertjan Dhondt (Ned) 53 Bart van Dongen (Ned) 54 Geert Kuit (Ned) 55 Jasper van Velzen (Ned) 56 Martijn van den Heuvel (Ned) 57 Willem Koonings (Ned) 58 Gijs Schefferlie (Ned) 59 Olaf Oussoren (Ned) 60 Mitchel Verregghen (Ned) 61 Ocke van Boxtel (Ned) 62 Erik van Haaren (Ned) 63 Manuel Timmermans (Ned) 64 Kevin van den Oetelaar (Ned)   Vomen 1 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Therme Skin Care 37.23 2 Sanne Cant (Bel) 3 Anja Nobus (Bel) 4 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 5 Nancy Bollansee (Bel) 6 Anouk Kesseleer (Ned) 7 Katrien Pauwels (Bel) 8 Nicole De Bie-Leijten 9 Katrien Aerts 10 Monique van de Ree (Ned) 11 Linda ter Beek (Ned) 12 Esther Kortekaas (Ned) 13 Danielle van Pinxten (Ned) 14 Danielle Meijering (Ned) 15 Linda Kroes (Ned) 16 Karin Verhestraeten 17 Anne van de Beurcht (Ned) 18 Lana Verberne (Ned) 19 Françis Keizer (Ned) 20 Natasja Berkhout (Ned) 21 Iris Spooren (Ned) 22 Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa) 23 Tessa van Nieuwpoort (Ned) 24 Iris Ockeloen (Ned) 25 Katrien Thijs 26 Natalja Busschers (Ned) 27 Daisy van der Aa (Ned) 28 Marian Meerkerk (Ned) 29 Yvonne Kuiper (Ned) 30 Kim Jansen (Ned) 31 Ursi Hondtong (Ned) 32 Karen Diemeer (Ned) 33 Maaike Hoek (Ned) 34 Judith Visser (Ned) 35 Marjolein Claessen (Ned) 36 Laura Meurs (Ned)   Masters 1 Marc Druyts (Ned) 40.58 2 Ton van Korven (Ned) 3 Danny Verhestraeten 4 Frans Willems (Ned) 5 Adriaan van Londen (Ned) 6 Jannes Weerman (Ned) 7 Patrick Sluyts (Bel) 8 Peter Hoffmans (Ned) 9 Jonny Lammertink (Ned) 10 Dominic Rose (Bel) 11 Hennie van der Laan (Ned) 12 René Beuker (Ned) 13 Michel Kessels (Ned) 14 Jeroen van Ham (Ned) 15 Jos Bogaerts (Ned) 16 Jan de Vries (Ned) 17 Dick van der Bruggen (Ned) 18 Gerrit Keppel (Ned) 19 Harrie van der Brugt (Ned) 20 Marti Maas (Ned) 21 Ed van Dijke (Ned) 22 Jack van ’t Pad (Ned) 23 Richard Buyvoets (Ned) 24 Henk Jan Valk (Ned) 25 Chris Geerts (Bel) 26 Erik Meerkerk (Ned) 27 Martin Opdam (Ned) 28 Arie den Braven (Ned) 29 Erik Setter (Ned) 30 Ton van den Oetelaar (Ned) 31 Wim Hakvoort (Ned) 32 Ties Verhagen (Ned) 33 Theo Schlijper (Ned) 34 Edo Sturm (Ned) 35 John van Heeswijk (Ned) 36 Harry van Putten (Ned) 37 Ton Kleinjan (Ned) 38 Lambert van de Wiel (Ned) 39 Frank van Oirschot (Ned) 40 Jos Groot (Ned) 41 Lars Rietveld (Ned) 42 John Rozema (Ned) 43 Frans de Wit (Ned)   Amateurs 1 Wilfried Veldkamp (Ned) 39.44 2 Edwin Raats (Ned) 3 Robert van Erp (Ned) 4 Freek de Jong (Ned) 5 André Schrader (Ned) 6 Peter van den Heuvel (Ned) 7 Frank van de Westelaken (Ned) 8 Michiel Slot (Ned) 9 Patrick Somsen (Ned) 10 Gijs Jongeling (Ned) 11 René Snoeren (Ned) 12 Cees Quint (Ned) 13 Paul Beerschop (Ned) 14 Ed Bekhuis (Ned) 15 Bram van der Wal (Ned) 16 Anton van Dulmen (Ned) 17 Jos van Looy (Ned) 18 Jos Janssen (Ned) 19 Alex Ariesen (Ned) 20 Damie van Vianen (Ned) 21 Patrick Heijnen (Ned) 22 Erik van Laar (Ned) 23 Stefan Slager (Ned) 24 Hein te Riele (Ned) 25 Arno Winters (Ned) 26 Roy Spijker (Ned) 27 Frank Egberts (Ned) 28 Vincent den Breejen (Ned) 29 Maarten Manders (Ned) 30 Tijmen Kamphuis (Ned) 31 Dennis Rijkers (Ned) 32 Erik van Dam (Ned) 33 Martin Schouten (Ned) 34 René Kesseleer (Ned) 35 Thijs van Hest (Ned) 36 Tom Pennings (Ned) 37 Dennis Boeijen (Ned) 38 Frank Giesbers (Ned) 39 Michiel Janssen (Ned) 40 Emiel Vos (Ned) 41 Marco de Beer (Ned) 42 Johny ter haar (Ned) 43 Marco de Rooij (Ned) 44 Bart van Bragt (Ned) 45 Harry Ruiterkamp (Ned) 46 Teus van Tuijl (Ned) 47 Nick Hoek (Ned) 48 Tijmen Moltmaker (Ned) 49 Melvin Keppel (Ned)

Superprestige standings after round #2

1 Sven Nijs (Bel) Rabobank                             30pts
2 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                25
3 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank                   24
4 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank                   23
5 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team             22
6 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team               21
7 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank                       16
8 Thijs Al (Ned) Bejan-Rings