Belgian national coach Rudy De Bie has named his elite men's squad for the 2005 Cyclo-cross World's in St. Wendel on January 30. Reigning World Champion Bart Wellens (Fidea) will lead a strong team of eight riders, including Sven Nys, Sven Vanthourenhout and Bart Aernouts (Rabobank), Erwin Vervecken and Wim Jacobs (Fidea), Tom Vannoppen and Davy Commeyne (Palmans). Jan Verstraeten and Tim Van Nuffel are the reserves.
"All riders have earned their selection," said De Bie. "Vannoppen, Vervecken and Vanthourenhout can make the top three. But if Sven Nys doesn't get a cold, he is naturally the man."