Not all of the expected cyclo-cross favourites were able to score their national jerseys on the...
Not all of the expected cyclo-cross favourites were able to score their national jerseys on the week-end. The hot battles throughout a mildly-tempered Europe turned out some surprising results, for example in Germany and Belgium. Instead of the presumed fight between title holder Johannes SickmÃ¼ller and Malte Urban in Auerbach, Germany, on Sunday, Rene Birkenfeld took the honours in a last-minute sprint. Urban was unlucky, as his chain broke in the very first lap.
In the motherland of cyclo-cross, Belgium, the all-dominating Sven Nys had some trouble on the muddy course and his greatest rival, Bart Wellens, finally got the better of him and re-claimed the jersey he wore in 2004 - mostly because of his good running skills.
The full results of the European national cyclo-cross championships can be found here:
France: Brief results - Elite men, Italy: Full results, report & photos, Belgium: Day 2 - Brief results, Day 1 - Full results, Czech Republic: Full results & photos, Germany: Day 1 - Brief results, Netherlands: Day 1 - Brief results