By Brecht Decaluwé
Sven Nys (Rabobank) remains the clear leader in the UCI cyclo-cross rankings with fresh Belgian champion Bart Wellens (Fidea) still in second place after the holiday rush of races. World champion Erwin Vervecken moved one spot forward and is now back in third position before the former Dutch champion Gerben De Knegt (Rabobank).
Bart Aernouts (Rabobank) cracked the top-10, he moved himself in front of John Gadret (AG2R) while Kevin Pauwels (Fidea) tumbled out of the top-10. Further down the rankings, renewed Czech champion Petr Dlask (Fidea) is finding his best form again and moved from 26th to 17th.
Ryan Trebon (Kona) didn’t compete to his best as he said in his diary, but his performances were still good enough to gain three places, he’s now ranked 19th. U23 Niels Albert (Palmans) beat all the professional guys in Loenhout and won ten places to end up at 21st.
For the Americans, Tim Johnson loses one spot (31st) while Barry Wicks (Kona) lost seven places (47th); they are placed before Todd Wells (Targetraining) who’s in 50th. The biggest jump forward was made by Jonathan Page (Morgan Blue), Page returned from injury with his new team and immediately competed in the European cross circus; he made a huge jump forward moving from 205th to 56th position ending up right behind his compatriot Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly).
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