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Cyclo-Cross World Cup #9 - CDM
Nommay, France, January 16, 2005
Nys gets his fifth
The seemingly unstoppable Sven Nys (Rabobank) has won his fifth World Cup race of the season in Nommay, leading home a Belgian avalanche that saw five Belgians claim the first five places. It was also Nys' 19th win of the season, as he beat Tom Vannoppen (Palmans), Sven Vanthourenhout (Rabobank), Erwin Vervecken (Fidea) and Davy Commeyne (Palmans-Sapim). Swiss rider Christian Heule was the first non-Belgian home in sixth place.
The race started with Italian champion Enrico Franzoi (Lampre-Cafitta) leading the way out of the blocks, before a group of six riders formed on the first lap, including Nys, Heule, Vannoppen, Commeyne, Gadret (Chocolade Jacques) and Lars Boom (Rabobank). Although four of these riders would go on to finish in the top six, there was a regrouping as Nys and Gadret were joined by Sven Vanthourenhout on lap 3. They were chased and caught by Vannoppen, Commeyne, Franzoi and Vervecken, as last year's winner Bart Wellens pulled out, well out of the running.
The seven leaders were cuaght by Richard Groenendaal (Rabobank) and Christian Heule to form a group of nine by lap four. Unfortunately for Gadret, he lost contact due to a mechanical, while Franzoi paid for his early efforts and also dropped off. Meanwhile, Lars Boom made it back up to the leaders which meant that there were four Rabobank riders in the top eight.
On the fifth lap, three of them went on the attack: Nys, Vanthourenhout and Boom, which blew the leading group apart. Heule, Vannoppen and Commmeyne formed a chase group behind the Rabobank trio, but on the next lap Nys attacked and was on his way to victory. After Lars Boom fell back, Vanthourenhout was caught by Vannoppen, who attacked him on the final lap to take second place behind Nys.
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Elite Men 1 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank 2 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) Palmans-Sapim 3 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank 4 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cyclocrossteam 5 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Palmans-Sapim 6 Christian Heule (Swi) Stevens International Cyclocross Team 7 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 8 John Gadret (Fra) Chocolade Jacques 9 Wilant van Gils (Ned) Rietveld WTC wielerteam 10 Jirí Pospisil (Cze) Stevens International Cyclocross Team 11 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 12 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Saey-Deschacht 13 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank 14 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) 15 Martin Nijland (Ned) Eurogifts.com 16 Michael Baumgartner (Swi) 17 Václav Jezek (Cze) Author Praha 18 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona/Clarks/LesGets 19 Francis Mourey (Fra) 20 Wim Jacobs (Bel) Fidea Cyclocrossteam 21 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Bejan/AA 22 David Derepas (Fra) 23 Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 24 Jan Ramsauer (Swi) 25 Jonathan Page (USA) Cervelo-HotTubes-Adidas-Mavic 26 Steffen Weigold (Ger) 27 Fabian Brzezinski (Ger) Stevens International Cyclocross Team 28 Ondrej Lukes (Cze) Tatramleko 29 Robert Glajza (Svk) CK ZP Sport A.S. 30 Jean-Pierre Leijten (Ned) 31 Reto Matt (Ger) 32 David Rusch (Swi) 33 Roman Peter (Swi) 34 Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) Stevens International Cyclocross Team 35 Thorsten Struch (Ger) 36 Rob Jebb (GBr) 37 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 38 Beat Wabel (Swi) 39 Marco Bianco (Ita) 40 Roger Schuppli (Swi) Elite Women 1 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) 2 Daphny van den Brand (Ned) Ton van Bemmelen-AA Drink 3 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) U23 Men 1 Simon Zahner (Swi) 2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) G.S.Mercedes-Benz Selle Italia 3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cyclocrossteam 4 Julien Belgy (Fra) 5 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 6 Martin Bína (Cze) Author Praha 7 Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) Author Praha 8 Steve Chainel (Fra) 9 Jan Soetens (Bel) 10 Romain Villa (Fra) 11 Rob Peeters (Bel) 12 Yves Corminboeuf (Swi) 13 Pirmin Lang (Swi) 14 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) 15 Rafael Visinelli (Ita) V.C. Bologna 16 Geert Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cyclocrossteam 17 Flavio Alex Longhi (Ita) 18 Jochen Uhrig (Ger) 19 Jeremy Powers (USA) 20 Anthony Colas (Fra) 21 Karl Schoknecht (Ger) 22 Matt White (USA) 23 Marco Fontana (Ita) 24 Luca Damiani (Ita) 25 Jesse Anthony (USA) Junior Men 1 Yannick Martinez (Fra) 2 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) 3 Davide Malacarne (Ita) 4 Romain Lejeune (Fra) 5 Robert Gavenda (Svk) 6 Ondres Bambula (Cze) 7 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) 8 Martin Nemecek (Cze) 9 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) 10 Jan Arnouts (Bel) 11 Christian Cominelli (Ita) 12 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 13 Lukes Kloucek (Cze) 14 Wim Leemans (Bel) 15 Simone Pavan (Ita) 16 Julien Berard (Fra) 17 Loris Bompieri (Ita) 18 Jules Chabanon (Fra) 19 Ondres Zelinka (Cze) 20 Romain Beney (Fra) 21 Clement Bourgoin (Fra) 22 Matthias Fluckiger (Swi) 23 Robert Bachraty (Svk) 24 Sascha Wagner (Ger) 25 Geoffrey Lorrain (Fra) 26 Patrick Nuber (Ger) 27 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) 28 Pascal Meyer (Swi) 29 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Courtesy of Cyclo-cross.info
World Cup standings after round 4 (final for women, U23, juniors)