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Cyclo-Cross World Cup #8 - CDM

Aigle, Switzerland, January 2, 2005

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Vanthourenhout too strong for Nys

It was a Rabobank/Sven 1-2 in the eighth round of the World Cup in Aigle, Switzerland, as new recruit Sven Vanthourenhout beat the irrepressible Sven Nys after attacking in the final kilometre. The consistent Erwin Vervecken (Fidea) finished third.

The conditions were wet and muddy for the eighth round, which was held near the UCI headquarters in Aigle. It didn't take long for a five man group to form with Vanthourenhout, Nys, Vannoppen (Palmans), Heule (Stevens) and Franzoi (Lampre). Vervecken, Berden (Saey-Deschacht) and Ausbuher (Budvar Tábor) were the next group, while Bart Wellens (Fidea) was already 30 seconds down after three laps.

The lead group changed at the halfway point as Ausbuher was dropped but Vervecken and Berden were able to make contact. Wellens had moved up to the next chasing group and eventually finished ninth, but is still clearly not at his best. In front, Franzoi was particularly active but could not escape Vanthourenhout, Nys, Vervecken and Berden. The five headed into the final lap together, until Nys and Vanthourenhout attacked and escaped for good. In the final kilometre, Vanthourenhout put in an attack that Nys couldn't match and won the race.

Interestingly, and in contrast to a recent incident involving Richard Groenendaal, Tom Vannoppen was not disqualified for running backwards along the course to the pit area in order to change his bike after a derailleur problem. The problem happened just after Vannoppen passed the pit zone, and strictly according to the rules, he should have continued on another half a lap to the next zone. Although the UCI commissaire Peter Van den Abeele admitted to Het Laatste Nieuws that Vannoppen had broken the rules, he was not penalised and went onto finish seventh.



1 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank                             56.12
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank                                         0.02
3 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cyclocrossteam                      0.07
4 Ben Berden (Bel) Saey-Deschacht                                 0.09
5 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                             0.13
6 Christian Heule (Swi) Stevens International Cyclocross Team     0.27
7 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) Palmans-Sapim                               0.40
8 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) Saey-Deschacht                            0.42
9 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cyclocrossteam                         1.02
10 Jirí Pospisil (Cze) Stevens International Cyclocross Team      1.08
11 Wim Jacobs (Bel) Fidea Cyclocrossteam                          1.12
12 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank                                   1.13
13 Petr Dlask (Cze) Author Praha                                  1.14
14 Martin Nijland (Ned) Heijdens-Ten Tusccher                     1.18
15 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Palmans-Sapim                              1.19
16 Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor                   1.21
17 Wilant van Gils (Ned) Rietveld WTC wielerteam                  1.24
18 Camiel van den Bergh (Ned) Saey-Deschacht                      1.34
19 Marco Bianco (Ita)                                             1.42
20 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor                  1.56
21 Simon Zahner (Swi)                                             2.10
22 Václav Jezek (Cze) Author Praha                                2.23
23 Jonathan Page (USA) Cervelo-HotTubes-Adidas-Mavic              2.24
24 Michael Baumgartner (Swi)                                      2.32
25 David Derepas (Fra)                                                
26 Vladimir Kizivat (Cze)                                         2.53
27 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona/Clarks/LesGets                          2.57
28 Steffen Weigold (Ger)                                          3.21
29 Jan Ramsauer (Swi)                                             3.27
30 Lukas Flueckiger (Swi)                                         3.33
31 Ondrej Lukes (Cze) Tatramleko                                  3.37
32 Luca Damiani (Ita)                                             3.53
33 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona/Clarks/LesGets                          4.24
34 Jens Reuker (Ger)                                              4.30
35 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita)                                    4.41
36 Roman Peter (Swi)                                              4.48
37 Thorsten Struch (Ger)                                          4.52
38 David Rush (Swi)                                               5.08
39 Eric Tonkin (USA) Kona/Clarks/LesGets                          5.28
40 Rafael Visinelli (Ita) V.C. Bologna                            5.39
41 Beat Morf (Swi)                                                5.42
42 Jeremy Powers (USA)                                            6.25
1 lap behind
43 Maik Muller (Ger)                                                  
44 Ben Turner (USA)                                                   
45 Alessandro Di Tano (Ita)                                           
DNF Zdenek Mlynár (Cze) AC Sparta Praha                               
DNF Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Bejan/AA                                    
DNF Jesse Anthony (USA)                                               
DNF John Hanson (USA)                                                 
DNF Jochen Uhrig (Ger)                                                

World Cup standings after round 3

NB: There is no ongoing World Cup ranking for elite men and women, 
although there is a jersey awarded at the end.

1 Martin Bina (Cze)                                               148 pts
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze)                                             108
3 Geert Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cyclocrossteam                        102
3 Simon Zahner (Swi)                                              102
5 Radomir Simunek (Cze)                                           100
6 Kevin Pauwels (Bel)                                              85
7 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel)                                      78
8 Tom Van den Bosch (Bel)                                          74
9 Rob Peeters (Bel)                                                67
10 Julien Belgy (Fra)                                              66
11 Lukas Flückiger (Swi)                                           61
12 Niels Albert (Bel)                                              60
12 Frantisek Kloucek (Cze)                                         60
14 Romain Villa (Fra)                                              46
15 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita)                                     40
15 Derik Zampedri (Ita)                                            40
15 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned)                                      40
1 Davide Malacarne (Ita)                                          165 pts
2 Ricardo van der Velde (Ned)                                     130
3 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi)                                         105
4 Jan van Dael (Bel)                                               95
5 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger)                                        80
6 Rik van IJzendoorn (Ned)                                         73
7 Ondrej Bambula (Cze)                                             56
8 Wim Leemans (Bel)                                                55
9 Lukas Kloucek (Cze)                                              55
10 Pieter Vanspeybroeck (Bel)                                      50
11 Martin Nemecec (Cze)                                            49
12 Jo Pirotte (Bel)                                                46
13 Robert Gavenda (Svk)                                            44
14 Boy van Poppel (Ned)                                            33
15 Phillipp Walsleben (Ger)                                        30