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Cyclo-cross World Cup #9 - CDM

Lievin, France, January 15, 2006


Nys with a last lap victory

Sven Nys (Rabobank) has taken his 8th World Cup and 22nd cyclo-cross victory this season, beating Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) in a close race in Lieven, France. Nys had to wait until the last lap before he could shake the Frenchman, who would have been quicker than him in a sprint.

"I shook off Mourey just before the finish," Nys said to Sporza Radio. "I knew that I would lose if it came down to a sprint...In the second last lap I had already put in an attack. Mourey had to let go immediately but I couldn't keep going because my chain jumped. He came back but I waited until the same place on the last lap to put my final attack in."

Nys described the race as the "nicest cross in the world. A unique atmosphere and everything in it." But although he keeps winning, the season is starting to take its toll. "Physically I'm very good, but the freshness is gone a bit. I urgently need to rest a couple of days and then train."

Second placed Francis Mourey did a lot better than he did the previous day in Roubaix, when he was lapped. "I only got home on Friday evening after a week long training camp with four hours a day on the road in Saint-Raphael," he told Cyclo-cross.info. "That's why I couldn't do anything in Roubaix. Here, even more, I also didn't expect. For me, there's only one race that counts: the World Championship. That's why my season started with the French Championship in Sedan and I am still really fresh. In fourteen days I hope together with [John] Gadret that we can do something against Sven Nys in Zeddam."

Another Frenchman, John Gadret (Ag2r), finished third today after suffering a flat tyre not being able to stay in contact with Nys and Mourey.

How it unfolded

The tall Czech rider Petr Dlask led the field out on the first lap, with Nys sitting several riders back behind Gadret, Franzoi, Wellens, Vanthourenhout and Vervecken. Francis Mourey took over and established a small gap together with his compatriot Gadret. A chasing group containing Nys, Simunek, Heule, De Knegt, Vervecken and Wellens kept the pair in check, but the cracks were starting to show.

Nys decided it was time and quickly jumped across the 10 second gap, followed by Vervecken. But it didn't take long for Mourey to attack again and this time only Nys was left to follow. On lap 7, Nys closed the gap to the motivated Mourey as Vervecken dropped back behind a group with Gadret, Labbe and De Knegt, only to regain them later.

Nys attacked twice in the closing laps, and the second time was successful. Mourey could not follow any more and had to be content with second place behind the World Champ, after a very strong race.


In the women's race, Daphny Van Den Brand (ZZPR.nl) confirmed her status as World Cup leader by beating Marianne Vos and Lyne Bessette (Can) by 12 and 20 seconds. The U23 race went to Belgian Kevin Pauwels, who beat Lukas Flückiger and Clément l'Hotellerie in a three man sprint.


Elite Men 

1 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank                                      57.23
2 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux                       0.07
3 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                             0.29
4 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                      0.38
5 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team                        0.42
6 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank                                0.43
7 Petr Dlask (Cze) Empella Czech Team                           0.51
8 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre - Caffita                         0.53
9 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                         0.57
10 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) ZZPR.nl                                1.06
11 Radomir Simunek Jr (Cze) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop             1.19
12 Michael Baumgartner (Swi)                                    1.21
13 Steve Chainel (Fra)                                          1.26
14 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          1.29
15 Jonathan Page (USA) Cervélo                                  1.31
16 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop                  1.36
17 Christian Heule (Swi) Stevens Racing Team                    1.47
18 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank                                 1.49
19 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Morgan Blue                           1.55
20 Simon Zahner (Swi)                                           1.58
21 Wim Jacobs (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                          2.22
22 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank                           2.26
23 Martin Bína (Cze) Author Praha                               2.28
24 Cyrille Bonnand (Fra)                                        2.29
25 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                     2.35
26 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls As MB                2.39
27 Marco Bianco (Ita)                                           2.41
28 Thijs Al (Ned) B & E Cycling Team                            2.50
29 Maarten Nijland (Ned) Eurogifts.Com                          2.54
30 David Derepas (Fra)                                          2.56
31 Miguel Martinez (Fra)                                        3.08
32 Thorsten Struch (Ger)                                        3.19
33 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa)                                 3.22
34 Milan Barenyi (Svk)                                          3.25
35 Jean-Baptiste Beraud (Fra)                                   3.44
36 Barry Wicks (USA)                                            3.49
37 Roberto Petito (Ita)                                         3.49
38 Robert Glajza (Svk)                                          4.18
39 Zdenek Mlynar (Cze)                                          4.47
40 Václav Metlicka (Svk) Team Kral R.C. Pfeil Hof E.V           5.09
41 Anders Klinkby (Den)                                         5.24
42 Johan Van De Ven (Ned)                                       1 lap
43 Davide Frattini (Ita)
44 Antonio Suarez Fernandez (Spa)
DNF Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor
DNF Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Camiel Van Den Bergh (Ned) Stevens Racing Team
DNF Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop
DNF Ryan Trebon (USA)
DNF Troy Wells (USA)
DNF Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel
DNF Stefano Toffoletti (Ita)
DNF David Rusch (Swi)
DNS Alessandro Fontana (Ita)
DNS Andrzej Kaiser (Pol)
DNS Marek Cichosz (Pol)


1 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl                           39.59
2 Marianne Vos (Ned)                                            0.12
3 Lyne Bessette (Can)                                           0.20
4 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned)                              1.07
5 Maryline Salvetat (Fra)                                       1.16
6 Laurence Leboucher (Fra)                                      1.27
7 Annabella Stropparo (Ita)                                     1.32
8 Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra)                                    1.55
9 Corinne Sempe (Fra)                                           2.08
10 Christelle Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)                             2.28
11 Birgit Hollmann (Ger)                                        2.44
12 Ann Knapp (USA)                                              2.52
13 Britt Jochems (Ned)                                          3.10
14 Kathy Ingels (Bel)                                           3.15
15 Helen Wyman (GBr)                                            3.26
16 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned)                                 3.26
17 Anja Nobus (Bel)                                             3.26
18 Barbara Howe (USA)                                           3.32
19 Susanne Juranek (Ger)                                        3.35
20 Nicole Kampeter (Ger)                                        3.54
21 Stacey Spencer (Can)                                         3.59
22 Daniela Bresciani (Ita)                                      4.03
23 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)                                      4.28
24 Christine Vardaros (USA)                                     4.38
25 Claudia Marsilio (Ita)                                       4.55
26 Suzie Godart (Lux)                                           5.08
27 Wendy Simms (Can)                                            5.12
28 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA)                                      5.19
29 Veerle Ingels (Bel) Vlaanderen-Capri Sonne-T Interim         5.29
30 Milena Cavani (Ita)                                          5.35
31 Monica Brunati (Ita)                                         5.56
32 Nekane Lasa Agirre (Spa)                                     6.03
33 Marijke De Smedt (Bel)                                       6.29
34 Ludivine Henrion (Bel)                                       7.11
35 Barbara Menegon (Ita)                                        1 lap
36 Katrien Aerts (Bel)
37 Stefanie Gronow (Ger)
DNS Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger)
DNS Anne Kathrin Nitzsche (Ger)
DNS Katleen Vermeiren (Bel)
DNS Rosa Maria Bravo Soba (Spa)


1 Kevin Pauwels (Bel)                                          51.57
2 Lukas Flückiger (Swi)                                 
3 Clément l'Hotellerie (Fra)                            
4 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel)                                   0.04
5 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita)                           
6 Rob Peeters (Bel)                                             0.23
7 Lukás Kloucek (Cze)                                   
8 Derik Zampedri (Ita)                                          0.32
9 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned)                                     0.34
10 Pirmin Lang (Swi)                                            0.37
11 Frantisek Kloucek (Cze)                                      0.46
12 Finn Heitmann (Ger)                                          1.03
13 Romain Villa (Fra)                                           1.32
14 Ondrej Bambula (Cze)                                         1.40
15 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned)                                    1.53
16 Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel)                                      2.08
17 Luca Damiani (Ita)                                           2.15
18 Kenny Geluykens (Bel)                                        2.21
19 Florian Le Corre (Fra)                                       2.33
20 Clément Cid (Fra)                                            2.41
21 Yves Corminboeuf (Swi)                                       2.58
22 Rafael Visinelli (Ita)                                       3.08
23 Jonathan Lopez (Fra)                                         3.14
24 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned)                                  3.18
25 Quentin Bertholet (Bel)                                      3.21
26 Romain Lejeune (Fra)                                         3.29
27 Robert Bachraty (Svk)                                        4.13
28 Michal Plesnik (Svk)                                         4.31
29 Fabio Ursi (Ita)                                             4.42
30 Kévin Demeester (Fra)                                        6.31
31 Daniel Neyens (USA)                                          6.33
32 Mathieu Beaudoin (Fra)                                       1 lap
33 Kevin Blanpain (Fra)
34 Cédric Papegaey (Fra)
DNF Pavel Adel (Cze)
DNF Julien Taramarcaz (Swi)
DNF Davide Malacarne (Ita)
DNF Jesse Anthony (USA)
DNF Adam Mcgrath (USA)
DNF Anthony Cailleau (Fra)
DNS Wojciech Kaczmarski (Pol)
DNS Michal Lorenc (Pol)
DNS Dawid Romanowski (Pol)
DNS Michal Werstak (Pol)
DNS Guillaume Perrot (Fra)
DNS Dylan Esmans (Fra)


1 Robert Gavenda (Svk)                                         41.00
2 Boy Van Poppel (Ned)                                          0.05
3 Cristian Cominelli (Ita)                                      0.30
4 David Menger (Cze)                                            0.36
5 Yannick Martinez (Fra)                                        0.38
6 Aurélien Duval (Fra)                                          0.40
7 Sascha Weber (G                                               0.45
8 Tom Meeusen (Bel)                                             0.48
9 Jules Chabanon (Fra)                                          0.50
10 Marcel Melsen (Ger)                                          0.54
11 Anthony Lavoine (Fra)                                        1.07
12 Bjorn De Decker (Bel)                                        1.18
13 Yannick Wydooghe (Bel)                                       2.25
14 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned)                                        2.28
15 Thomas Collinet (Fra)                                        2.29
16 Dennis Vanendert (Bel)                                       2.32
17 Mathias Flückiger (Swi)                                      2.34
18 Jiri Polnicky (Cze)                                          2.47
19 Johim Ariesen (Ned)                                          3.01
20 Andrea Caimi (Ita)                                           3.08
21 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel)                                3.15
22 Lukas Prihoda (Cze)                                          3.22
23 Ondrej Vobora (Cze)                                          3.27
24 Alessandro Calderan (Ita)                                    3.28
25 Marian Simora (Svk)                                          3.33
26 Freddie Guilloux (Fra)                                       3.34
27 Jan Pohan (Cze)                                              3.42
28 Joeri Adams (Bel)                                            3.59
29 Omar Sottocornola (Ita)                                      4.13
30 Matteo Trentin (Ita)                                         4.19
31 Florent Sene (Fra)                                           4.31
32 Mitchell Huenders (Ned)                                      4.45
33 Lukas Winterberg (Swi)                                       4.52
34 Jakub Sibr (Svk)                                             4.52
35 Geoffrey Lorrain (Fra)                                       4.52
36 Fabrizio Braggion (Ita)                                      6.34
37 Remco Broers (Ned)                                           6.43
38 Raphaël Dervaux (Fra)                                        6.53
39 Maxime Chombart (Fra)                                        7.10
40 Emmanuel Gilliers (Fra)                                      1 lap
DNS  Romain Chombart
DNS  Julien Boittelle

Courtesy of uci.ch