Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) has blamed fatigue for his poor showing in the early cyclo-cross races of this season. Just days before the first Gazet van Antwerpen Trophy round, a major money-spinner for European ‘cross riders, Nys says he’s not panicking about his results since the season commenced in mid-September.
"Everyone wonders what's the matter with me, but I know I certainly do not need to worry,” Nys told HLN.be. “There is certainly no reason to panic. Everything will be okay.”
Nys finished over two minutes down in 10th place at Steenbergcross, his first race of the season. The poor showing continued at GP Neerpelt Wisseltrofee Eric Vanderaerden where he again lost more than two minutes to eventual winner Niels Albert as he finished in ninth place.
The Belgian champion’s performance went from bad to worse as the Cyclo-cross World Cup commenced in Treviso, Italy last weekend. Nys started on the front row, but dropped so far down the field he decided to withdraw from the race.
Cyclo-cross success is something that’s become synonymous with Nys’ name. Last year alone the former world champion won three World Cups, three Superprestige events and two GvA Trophy rounds in addition to his smaller wins.
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