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Cyclo-cross News & Racing Round-up, Thursday, November 11, 2010

Date published:
November 11, 2010, 18:00
  • Cyclo-cross cannibal Stybar still hungry for more

    The lone winner: Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea)
    Article published:
    October 31, 2010, 21:49
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Can the world champion win Koppenbergcross too?

    For the first time in many years, it's not a Belgian who is dominating the muddy fields of Flanders and northern Europe in the cyclo-cross circuit, rather it is the big Czech world champion Zdenek Stybar who has won eight of nine races started..

    The only race Stybar has not won was a memorial race for Radomir Simunek, won by his son Radomir Simunek Jr. Stybar has shown that he excels at almost every aspect of the sport and it doesn't seem likely he's going to finish far off the podium in any race this season.

    After his gutsy ride in the Zonhoven Superprestige, the world champion is expected to perform well during the Koppenbergcross on Monday. The course loops up and around the famous cobbled climb that is used in the Tour of Flanders.

    The mud, the climb and the cobbles tends to make the race one of the hardest of the season. Can Stybar recover in time to win it?

    “I hope to sleep well and recover in time,” Stybar said. “This week I already recovered well from the race on Tuesday in Tabor, despite adding in a big training ride on Friday. It's a classic race and one you always want to win.”

    Stybar cleverly passed the role of top favorite on to Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) who finished third in Zonhoven.

    “Sven is the cannibal and he won there nine times I think [actually seven -ed] I never won there so he's the one to beat,” Stybar said.

    Yet after his victory in Zonhoven, Stybar was in pain, after what he described as his hardest race of the season. “I had to work very hard. On another course you would get a thirty seconds bonus with the same effort but here you get only hundred metres. In the sand you lose a lot of metres when you're in the lead. The others can follow your line and jump back to you when climbing out of the sand pit,” Stybar said.

    The world champion had an incident on the last lap which could have been disastrous, but ended up not slowing him down much.

    “Some people with a glass of beer in their hands had more eye for the TV-camera than for the race. I didn't expect people to stand there and they didn't see me coming. I hit them, had to move to the other side and then back, making me lose ten seconds; it could've been over,” Stybar explained.

    Despite the incident the Czech was able to nail the win to his list of victories but one might wonder how long he's going to perform at this high level. We will find out on Monday.

  • Sven Nys back to winning ways

    For the eighth time, Sven Nys is the king of the Koppenbergcross.
    Article published:
    November 1, 2010, 20:18
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Belgian champion dominates Koppenbergcross

    It's been more than a month since Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) won a cyclo-cross race and that's created quite a stir in Flanders. The local media started writing off the Belgian champion, insinuating that at 34 years old it would no longer be possible for the legendary cyclo-cross rider to battle against the young wolves like world champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus).

    On Monday afternoon, however, Nys answered the criticism with a demonstration of power at the Koppenbergcross. From the second lap on Nys was alone in the lead and he simply crushed the opposition to win the race for the eighth time in his career. The combination of two tough races in one weekend enabled a strong rider like Nys to come to the surface, especially when the second event was the toughest of both.

    "This was a race that I really wanted to win," said Nys. "Only a fully developed 'cross rider can win here and once again I've put it onto my list. I can enjoy this victory for more than a year, I'm completely sure about that.

    "I don't know what's going to happen during the upcoming weeks but I'll surely be living on a cloud during the next few days."

    While talking to the press after the race it was clear Nys was relieved that he pulled of his first big win of the season. He explained that he needed this one to keep the confidence high.

    "The pressure is off the boiler now after clinching my first classification race of the season," said Nys. "The pressure is enormously high. I never doubted myself but more and more the same questions came back: can you still do it, are you on the way back... I kept myself away from that and kept doing the same work I always do.

    "I lived up towards this race. It succeeded and without wasting many words to the matter I answered the critics with the pedals today. I'm still standing," Nys said before adding that he might have needed the pressure from the outer world.

    "Maybe at my age I need to get a bit angry, without showing it. The last two, three days I didn't sleep too well because I told myself that it was time to make things happen. I told a journalist this week that I had to and would be on the podium at the Koppenberg. It was the first time I've put the pressure that high for myself. After yesterday I knew that - except for bad luck - I would be very close to the victory."

    Most of the 20,000 fans along the course at the Koppenberg were delighted to see the Nys of old crushing his rivals and he explained he was thrilled by the ambiance in Melden. "It's a great moment. I've been riding around with goose-bumps for the full sixty minutes thanks to all the fans that supported me that strongly. Halfway the race they shouted to me that it was in the pocket but of course that's not the case. During the last lap I flatted and I thought it could still go all wrong," Nys said.

    For riders like Zdenek Stybar it is clear that he'll have to take Nys into consideration for the remainder of the season as the Belgian champion isn't planning to select only a few races to perform well. "Together with my coach Paul Van den Bosch we decided to stick to the original plan and build up our season like we want to and not like the press tells us to," said Nys. "Then again, I read today that he told someone that if I wasn't good today that we should start worrying. Well, I can say that nobody has to worry. We've climbed up another level and that's it."

  • Nys factor keeps crowds happy in Flanders

    Sven Nys added another cobbled trophy to his collection.
    Article published:
    November 3, 2010, 17:45
    Brecht Decaluwé

    'Cross appeal evident by attendance and TV figures

    It's a well-known fact that cyclo-cross is popular in the Flemish region of Belgium, and action from the recent Superprestige Zonhoven and GVA Trofee - Koppenbergcross events last weekend demonstrated the vital ingredients that flavour the region's love of all things 'cross.

    The resurgence of Landbouwkrediet's local hero Sven Nys after young rival Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) laid down the challenge last season has a lot to do with the spike in spectator numbers seen at last weekend's races.

    Add the likes of Belgian stalwart Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea), the Vantornouts and Vanthourenhouts, in addition to several foreign riders such as Lars Boom (Rabobank) and Czech sensation Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea), and there are clearly the makings of a successful formula that will keep the crowds coming back for more.

    Both races were live on Flemish TV and broadcasts tend to attract between 600,000 and 900,000 viewers. People who enjoyed a certain race on TV will probably consider going to that race the following season. The Zonhoven event clearly demonstrated that fact, with huge crowds in attendance following solid TV performances in 2009.

    On Sunday afternoon, the relatively young event in Zonhoven attracted more than double the number of spectators of the previous year, with 12,400 making their way to the 2010 edition. The spectacular sand pit introduced in 2009 was the place to be; although whether it was the great viewing opportunities or the multiple crashes in that section that attracted people is anyone's guess.

    A VIP lounge offered special guests the best view on course, with almost 1,000 people receiving the 'luxury' treatment in Zonhoven. In the Superprestige Series, riders receive start fees to ride all events, with the bonuses for strong overall classification performances encouraging spectacular racing in every round of the series.

    A third factor for the huge crowds was the great weather, with forecasts predicting sunny skies and temperatures of up to 16° Celsius - unheard of for November in Belgium! If the local football team hadn't been playing the same evening, the crowds would have been even bigger in Zonhoven (coincidentally, Belgian league leader KRC Genk lost 1-2 to RSC Anderlecht).

    A day later Melden, located near Oudenaarde, hosted the second round of the Gazet van Antwerpen Trophy. Founded in 1988, the race up and around the famous Koppenberg climb has become a staple of the cyclo-cross season. The climb is known from the Tour of Flanders, one of road cycling's Monuments, and has always been the centrepiece of the event.

    Every year the race attracts more and more spectators, in proportion to the increasing status of cyclo-cross in Flanders. This year about 20,000 spectators witnessed the mudfest won by Belgian champion Nys. The weather was fine, despite occasional rain showers and temperatures around 12° Celsius, and every part of the course in Melden was captivating, which kept interest high.

    The GvA Trophy organisers also add incentives to spice up the racing, with bonus points awarded after two laps in addition to money for the fastest lap. The rider who records the fastest lap of the race is rewarded with no less than €1000. Nys took the money home ahead of Albert and Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea).

    While both races last weekend were extremely hard on the riders, the brutal courses are what people expect from cyclo-cross. Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) wasn't complaining and summarised it well after the race: "The people want to see cyclo-cross and this was it; I ain't complaining. If the others didn't ride in Zonhoven I don't think I would have finished in the top five today."

    British rider Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) rode both races to the limit and after finishing his race on Monday he delivered the quotation of the day. "Who put Zonhoven and Oudenaarde into one weekend? They obviously don't rhyme," he joked, while wiping away the mud from his face and receiving more than one pat on the shoulder from a drunk spectator.

  • Stybar in Mallorca for training and rest

    Zdenek Stybar (Telenet - Fidea) finished in fourth place, more than two minutes down on Nys.
    Article published:
    November 5, 2010, 13:03
    Susan Westemeyer

    Says Nys deservedly won in Koppenberg

    World cyclo-cross champion Zdenek Stybar has dominated the season so far but after finishing only fourth on Monday in the Koppenbergcross, he has taken off to Mallorca for some intense training.

    The Koppenbergcross was the first major race that the Czech has not won this season. His other defeat on October 28, was to Radomir Simunek Jr., who won the Memorial Radomir Simunek race dedicated to his late father.

    Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) comfortably won the Koppenbergcross for the eighth time after spending a week training in Mallorca. It was the first win of the season for the 34-year-old, who beat his closest rivals by over a minute. Stybar finished 3:08 down in fourth place.

    Stybar described the race an “off day” because of three factors. “Because of a lot of obligations, I didn't have enough recovery time for the Koppenberg Cross,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws. He also crashed halfway through.

    “The third and probably the biggest factor: Above all, Sven Nys was really very impressive,” Stybar admitted.

    After the race he quickly headed to Mallorca, where he “will combine a lot of training with a lot of nothing. I will stay here until Wednesday, and then next week I hope to reap the rewards of my hard work here,” he said.

    His next race is November 11 in Niel, Czech Republic. The next GvA Trofee race is on November 20 in Hasselt, Belgium.

  • Nys plans to retire in 2014

    Arms aloft for winner Sven Nys as he earns his eighth career Koppenbergcross victory.
    Article published:
    November 9, 2010, 13:00
    Cycling News

    Looks to extend with Landbouwkrediet until retirement

    Sven Nys has said that he plans to end his career in February 2014 and that he wants to stay with his current team Landbouwkrediet until then.

    Nys is reigning Belgian national cyclo-cross champion, a title which he has won multiple times. He was also world champion in 2005. Earlier this month he won the Koppenbergcross, part of the GVA Trofee series.

    The 34-year-old currently has a contract through the end of 2011, and is in negotiations for an extension. Landbouwkrediet CEO Luc Versele would like Nys to stay with his team until the end of his career.

    "I want to give our Belgian champion the farewell he deserves,” Versele told Het Laatste Nieuws. “I very much want to see him end his career at Landbouwkrediet.”

    Versele had assumed that Nys would retire at the end of the 2012-2013 season, but is willing to consider an additional year, saying that “2014 is certainly negotiable.”

    “The bond we have with Sven is very strong and special. We are very pleased with our cooperation over the past two years.”

    He warned Nys against making too high wage demands, however. “We are not a cash cow, which Sven's management must understand. The economic crisis is for everyone.”

  • Stybar extends UCI 'cross ranking lead

    Zdenek Stybar (Telenet - Fidea) en route to victory in Zonhoven.
    Article published:
    November 9, 2010, 23:12
    Peter Hymas

    Van den Brand new women's leader

    Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) and Daphny van den Brand ( top the latest UCI cyclo-cross rankings, published today.

    While world champion Zdenek Stybar's seven-race winning streak that opened his season ended on October 28 with a fourth place finish at the Velka Cena Mesta Tabora on home soil, the 24-year-old Czech nonetheless bounced back to win his next race, Belgium's Superprestige Zonhoven, three days later. The points for those events, combined with a fourth place finish at Koppenbergcross, not only kept Stybar atop the elite men's rankings with 780 points but considerably extended his lead over the second-place rider.

    France's Francis Mourey (FDJ) moved up one position from the prior poll to second place, buoyed by a win at the Cyclo-cross International de Marle and a second place finish at the opening round of the Challenge de la France Cycliste in Saverne. The Frenchman trails Stybar by a massive 308 points, but heads a tight cluster of riders ranked second through seventh, separated by only 30 points.

    Belgium's Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) moves up two places to third overall, trailing Mourey by a slender two points. Jeremy Powers (, the highest ranked American, dropped from second to fourth with 464 points while teammate and US champion Tim Johnson rounds out the top five with 460 points.

    Two high-powered Belgians in Sven Nys ( Landbouwkrediet) and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) occupy sixth and seventh, trailing Johnson by 10 and 18 points respectively.

    The newest UCI 'cross ranking is the third of the season and while Zdenek Stybar has led every time for the elite men, the elite women's rankings have been headed by a different rider each time. Katie Compton (Planet Bike) topped the first ranking, followed by compatriot Laura Van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes), and now Dutch champion Daphny van den Brand ( leads with 575 points. Van den Brand jumped from fifth to first on the strength of three victories in four events, including the points-rich European championship.

    Compatriot Sanne van Paassen (BrainWash), the World Cup leader, remained in second place overall and trails Van den Brand by 45 points.

    Laura Van Gilder, the previous UCI rankings leader, added 50 points to her total since the last ranking to reach 460, but she couldn't keep pace with the Dutch pair and dropped to third overall.

    US champion Katie Compton dropped one place to fourth, at 440 points, while Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) dropped from fourth to fifth with 400 points.

    The United States led both the elite men's and women's nation rankings in the last poll, but falls to second place in each. Belgium now tops the elite men's ranking with 1,362 points, leading the US by 128 points. The Netherlands moved into the top spot on the women's side at 1,297 points, 91 more than the United States.

    Elite Men
    1 Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 780 pts
    2 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 472  
    3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 470  
    4 Jeremy Powers (USA) 464  
    5 Timothy Johnson (USA) 460  
    6 Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 450  
    7 Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 442  
    8 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 337  
    9 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 336  
    10 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 310  
    11 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 259  
    12 James Driscoll (USA) 243  
    13 Steve Chainel (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 234  
    14 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 225  
    15 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 210  
    16 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 206  
    17 David Kášek (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 190  
    18 Davide Frattini (Ita) Hudz-Subaru 190  
    19 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 183  
    20 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 182  
    21 Valentin Scherz (Swi) Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks 170  
    22 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus 168  
    23 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof 167  
    24 Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa) 163  
    25 Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha Focus 163  
    26 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing 162  
    27 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus 160  
    28 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized 160  
    29 Justin Lindine (USA) / Joe's Garage / Scott 160  
    30 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 159  
    31 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 158  
    32 Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 152  
    33 Radomir Simunek Jr. (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus 147  
    34 Adam Myerson (USA) Cycle-Smart 145  
    35 Luca Damiani (Ita) El Gato CX 142  
    36 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 138  
    37 Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross 138  
    38 Pirmin Lang (Swi) 125  
    39 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 122  
    40 Tristan Schouten (USA) 118  
    41 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental 117  
    42 Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 116  
    43 Derrick St John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy 116  
    44 Jesse Anthony (USA) California Giant-Specialized 113  
    45 Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 112  
    46 Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 107  
    47 Dylan McNicholas (USA) Pedro's 106  
    48 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 103  
    49 Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 101  
    50 Sven Beelen (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 101  
    51 Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) 100  
    52 Petr Dlask (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 95  
    53 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 95  
    54 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93 87  
    55 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 87  
    56 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 83  
    57 Jim Aernouts (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 83  
    58 Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb - Revor 82  
    59 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 81  
    60 Marco Bianco (Ita) 80  
    61 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 78  
    62 Elia Silvestri (Ita) 75  
    63 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 74  
    64 Adam Mcgrath (USA) Feedback Sports-Van Dessel 73  
    65 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Harvestehuder Rsv V. 1909 70  
    66 Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin/Team Holowesko Partners 70  
    67 Paul Oldham (GBr) Hope Factory Racing 70  
    68 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 64  
    69 Ryan Knapp (USA) 64  
    70 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb-Revor 63  
    71 Karel Hník (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 63  
    72 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles 63  
    73 Sid Taberlay (Aus) Sho-Air/Specialized 60  
    74 Fabio Ursi (Ita) 59  
    75 Joachim Parbo (Den) Kch Leopard Cycles 59  
    76 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 57  
    77 Arnaud Grand (Swi) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 57  
    78 Liam Killeen (GBr) 55  
    79 Nicholas Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross 55  
    80 Bart Verschueren (Bel) 54  
    81 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team 52  
    82 Jérome Chevallier (Fra) AC Bisontine 51  
    83 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 50  
    84 Jake Wells (USA) Hudz-Subaru 50  
    85 Sacha Weber (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 49  
    86 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder 49  
    87 Philip Wong (USA) Seaside Cycle - Antero Resources 48  
    88 Anthony Grand (Swi) Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks 48  
    89 Tom van den Bosch (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team 47  
    90 Jerome Townsend (USA) / Joe's Garage / Scott 47  
    91 Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized 45  
    92 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 45  
    93 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) BKCP-Powerplus 45  
    94 Weston Schempf (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 44  
    95 Václav Metlicka (Svk) Johnson Controls Aš Mb 43  
    96 Mauro Gonzalez Fontan (Spa) 43  
    97 Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 41  
    98 Jody Crawforth (GBr) Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Next/Scott/GSI 40  
    99 Milan Barenyi (Svk) 38  
    100 Unai Yus Kerejeta (Spa) 38  
    101 Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Spa) 38  
    102 Kenneth Hansen (Den) 37  
    103 Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 37  
    104 Craig Richey (Can) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue 37  
    105 Michael Schweizer (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 36  
    106 Andrew Watson (Can) Norco Factory Team 35  
    107 Florian Le Corre (Fra) Flers Cyclisme 61 34  
    108 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Rendement Hypo Cycling Team 34  
    109 Andrew Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 34  
    110 Carlos Hernandez Garcia (Spa) 34  
    111 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block 34  
    112 Christian Favata (USA) Favata's Tablerock Tours and Bikes 34  
    113 Justin Spinelli (USA) Richard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix 33  
    114 Guillaume Nelessen (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team 33  
    115 Joshua Dillon (USA) Richard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix 32  
    116 Théo Dumanchin (Fra) 32  
    117 Bryan Fawley (USA) Park Place Dealerships 31  
    118 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha Focus 30  
    119 Melvin Rulliere (Fra) 30  
    120 Laurent Colombatto (Fra) AC Bisontine 29  
    121 Kris Lapere (Bel) Mez Team 28  
    122 Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 25  
    123 Jiri Friedl (Cze) 25  
    124 Romain Villa (Fra) 24  
    125 Martin Haring (Svk) CK Banská Bystrica 24  
    126 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 24  
    127 Kenny Geluykens (Bel) Scott Cycling Team 23  
    128 Mark Lalonde (USA) Specialized 23  
    129 Mik Garrigan (Can) 22  
    130 Oscar Vazquez Crespo (Spa) 22  
    131 Martin Hunal (Cze) Velosport Valenta Scott Team 21  
    132 Tyler Wren (USA) Boo Bicycles 21  
    133 Marco Ponta (Ita) 20  
    134 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 20  
    135 Romain Lejeune (Fra) UV Aube 20  
    136 Steven de Decker (Bel) Flemisch Cycling Projects 20  
    137 Jonathan Baker (USA) Hudz-Subaru 20  
    138 Cory Burns (USA) Full Moon Vista 20  
    139 Jose Antonio Diez Arriola (Spa) 20  
    140 Peter Bradshaw (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy 20  
    141 Daniel Ruiz Echeandia (Spa) 20  
    142 Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant-Specialized 20  
    143 Matteo Trentin (Ita) 18  
    144 David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus 17  
    145 Ryan Dewald (USA) Haymarket Bicycles-SEAVS 16  
    146 Alec Donahue (USA) Wheelhouse-NCC 16  
    147 Mirko Tabacchi (Ita) 15  
    148 Alex Candelario (USA) World Bicycle Relief 15  
    149 Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport 15  
    150 Manny Goguen (USA) / Joe's Garage / Scott 15  
    151 Irwin Gras (Fra) 15  
    152 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 14  
    153 Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Racing 14  
    154 Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-Revor 14  
    155 Xabier Garcia Irazola (Spa) 12  
    156 Mike Sherer (USA) The Pony Shop 12  
    157 Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket Bicycles-SEAVS 12  
    158 Evan McNeely (Can) EMD Serono / Specialized 12  
    159 Aurelien Gizzi (Fra) 12  
    160 Robert Glajza (Svk) BKP 11  
    161 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) 11  
    162 Mark Batty (Can) Spidertech Powered By Planet Energy 11  
    163 Tommy Nielsen (Den) 10  
    164 Jonas Schau Guddal (Den) 10  
    165 Guillaume Perrot (Fra) 10  
    165 Thomas Paccagnella (Ita) 10  
    167 Joe Dombroski (USA) Haymarket Bicycles-SEAVS 10  
    168 Floris De Tier (Bel) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 10  
    169 Nathan Chown (Can) Handlebars Cycle Company 10  
    170 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) KC Kooperativa Sg Jablonec N.N 10  
    171 Matej Lasák (Cze) Max Cursor 10  
    172 Thibault Taboury (Fra) 10  
    173 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 10  
    174 Brady Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar 8  
    175 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) KDL-Trans 8  
    176 Julien Absalon (Fra) 8  
    177 Kevin Noiles (Can) La Bicicletta Pro Shop 8  
    178 Wayne Bray (USA) MVP Health Care 8  
    179 Scott Chapin (USA) Bay101-Hrs-Rock Lobster 8  
    180 Osmond Bakker (Can) La Bicicletta Elite Team 8  
    181 Ryan Iddings (USA) Redline 8  
    182 David Menut (Fra) 8  
    183 Dan Chabanov (USA) / CBRC 7  
    184 Luca Braidot (Ita) 6  
    185 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 6  
    186 Dave Collins (GBr) Hope Factory Racing 6  
    187 Jared Stafford (Can) Bikesports Racing 6  
    188 Arnaud Van Den Abeele (Bel) 6  
    189 Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain-Shimano-Giro 6  
    190 Dan Staffo (USA) Handlebars Cycle Company 6  
    191 Ben Berden (Bel) Qin Cycling Team 6  
    192 Steve Fisher (USA) Rad Racing Nw-Hagens Berman Llp 6  
    193 Alexandre Billon (Fra) 6  
    194 Andreas Moser (Swi) 5  
    195 René Lang (Swi) 5  
    196 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) 5  
    197 Daniele Mensi (Ita) 5  
    198 Yves Corminboeuf (Swi) 5  
    199 Bryan Falaschi (Ita) 5  
    200 Angelo De Clercq (Bel) 5  
    201 Luca Braidot (Ita) 4  
    202 Matthew Pacocha (USA) Hudz-Subaru 4  
    203 Julien Roussel (Fra) VC Rouen 4  
    204 Asier Arregui Dominguez (Spa) 4  
    204 Raymond Kunzli (Swi) 4  
    204 Rob Jebb (GBr) 4  
    207 Stuart Bowers (GBr) Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Next/Scott/GSI 4  
    208 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Wheelhouse / NCC 4  
    209 Scott Frederick (USA) Inland Construction 4  
    210 Théo Vimpere (Fra) 4  
    211 Shawn Milne (USA) Antero Resources - Seaside Cycle 3  
    212 Derek Hardinge (Can) Lapdogs Cycling Club 3  
    213 Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Focus Bikes 2  
    214 Julien Pion (Fra) 2  
    215 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 2  
    216 Matthias Bossuyt (Bel) 2  
    217 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) 2  
    217 Bjorn Rondelez (Bel) Lingier Versluys Team 2  
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  • Stybar to miss Niel Jaarmarktcross

    Zdenek Stybar (Telenet - Fidea) finished in fourth place, more than two minutes down on Nys.
    Article published:
    November 10, 2010, 18:00
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Czech injured during Mallorca training camp

    Cyclo-cross world champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) will not take the start in the 'Jaarmarktcross' in Niel, Belgium on Thursday. The Czech is struggling with a locked lower back that is affecting his left knee. After falling relatively short in the Koppenbergcross, Stybar headed to Mallorca, Spain for a training camp with a bunch of European-based non-Belgian riders and his teammate Kevin Pauwels.

    “It's too bad because it made good sense to come here to Mallorca to train. I've worked hard on my form and I was also able to rest as I wanted to. While doing some running exercises on the beach in Palma today I suddenly felt pain in my lower back," Stybar said. "It affects me most when I run or walk. I'm not taking any risks and I'm withdrawing from the 'Jaarmarktcross' in Niel tomorrow. On Wednesday I'll be seeing my physiotherapist. Treatment from him should get me back in action for the weekend."

    It is clear the current leader in the Superprestige Series wants to avoid the risk of an off-day during the third round of the Super Prestige in Hamme-Zogge next Sunday, in order to hold on to his lead.

    “I really want to be back in the mix over there, but Niel simply isn't possible,” the world champion said from his training camp in Mallorca.

  • Pit incident doesn't keep Nys from winning in mud

    Jaarmarktcross champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) on the top step of the podium.
    Article published:
    November 11, 2010, 17:51
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Belgian takes third Jaarmarktcross

    For the third time in his career Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) has won the Jaarmarktcross in Niel. Despite not being featured in a classification competition like the Superprestige Series or the Gazet van Antwerpen Trophy, the race is still considered a cyclo-cross classic.

    Belgian champion Nys was comfortably leading the mudfest near the Rupel River when he encountered a problem that nobody could possibly have envisaged. When Nys entered the pit during the sixth lap, he suddenly started looking around.

    “Somehow I felt something was about to happen when I rode towards the pit. Once in there I found out none of my mechanics were there,” Nys said. “I shouted out loud to them and kept standing still even though I could have done a stop-and-go, but I really wanted a different bike.

    “Before that I had been juggling with tyre pressure and the bike I rode with had way too much air in it. Tyre pressure is crucial in a race like this and that’s why I wanted to change my bike, no matter what it took.”

    Nys' mechanic Gerrit Cortmans gave his view on things right after the incident. “We just weren't ready yet,” Cortmans admitted. “Because he usually changes bikes in the other pit, we were caught by surprise. It's a sad incident, but we were only allowed to have two guys in the pit.”

    Afterwards Nys didn't want to blame his mechanics. “Of course it would've been sad to lose out on the win because of it. On the other hand, those guys have worked extremely hard for fifteen years and one mistake doesn't take that away,” Nys explained. “I'm sure it was hectic in the pit and I'm convinced it will never happen again. Now I can laugh with it but when it happened I was pissed.”

    The Belgian champion was then saved by another rider's mechanic who noticed the problem and handed Nys his bike. “I think it was one of Sven Vanthourenhout’s mechanics,” Nys said. Vanthourenhout is one of Nys' closest friends on the cyclo-cross circuit.

    “What happened then was weird though. Christoph Roodhooft shouted to him: ‘you can't touch that,’” Nys continued, explaining that Roodhooft tried to convince the mechanic that only Nys' pit crew was allowed to hand him a bike.

    Meanwhile, chaser Niels Albert from Roodhooft's team BKCP-Powerplus passed the pit area and suddenly found himself on Nys' wheel. “I have to admit that it surprised me. I've never ran into something like that and I hope it never happens to me,” Albert said. “In the end I was just happy to be in the mix for the podium and I'm satisfied with that. During previous races I ended up at almost a minute from the winner whereas now I was at about twenty seconds and that sounds like good progression to me.”

    The duo only rode together for briefly because Nys quickly distanced on Albert on the same lap. “On a good day, I'm running well – despite having done no running training at all this summer due to my MTB season - and even though Niels bridged back up with me I was able to drop him without any major effort,” Nys said. “It's a tremendous feeling to ride around like that.”