3rd Grote Prijs Sven Nijs - Cat. 2

Baal, Belgium, January 1, 2001

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De Clercq upstages Nijs

Mario De Clercq (Domo-Farm Frites) has become the first rider to beat Sven Nijs in his home event in Baal, the "Grote Prijs Sven Nijs". De Clercq won with just a 9 second advantage over Nijs, with Vlaanderen-T-Interim's Ben Berden in third place.

Nijs suffered a setback on the very first lap when he fell in the tent. His teammate Richard Groenendaal, who had the audience in his hand, took the lead. Nijs and Mario De Clercq came back to Groenendaal and Nijs attacked twice in the last few laps, but De Clercq responded every time. Mario's last attack was enough for the victory.


1 Mario De Clercq (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites       58.17
2 Sven Nijs (Bel) Rabobank                      0.09
3 Ben Berden (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim         0.24
4 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank            0.42
5 Peter Van Santvliet (Bel) Spaar Select        1.03
6 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Spaar Select            1.13
7 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites    1.24
8 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank                1.58
9 Wim De Vos (Ned) Spaar Select                 2.40
10 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) Collstrop-Palmans        2.53
11 Arne Daelmans (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim
12 Wim Jacobs (Bel)
13 Tadeusz Korzeniewski (Pol)
14 Bart Aernouts (Bel)

Past winners

2001 Sven Nijs (Bel)
2000 Sven Nijs (Bel)