Sven Nys rebounded from his disasterous World Championships by winning a small Belgian 'cross race in Maldegem this week. Nys finished ahead of Niels Albert and David Willemsens, and rainbow-jersey clad Erwin Vervecken was a distant sixth. Vervecken said he was tired from all the post-worlds festivities, and that he also had a sore back from the fall he had at the worlds.
Nys may not have the rainbow jersey, but he will find some consolation in the fact that he has a strong chance of winning the overall GvA trophy and Superprestige series. With Wellens out with a broken wrist, Nys holds a lead of 34 points over Niels Albert in the GvA Trophy, and 33 point lead over Vervecken in the Superprestige. The GvA trophy continues in Lille on Saturday, and will conclude in Oostmalle on February 18. Sunday's Superprestige event will be held in Hoogstraten, Belgium, and the finale will be in Vorselaar on February 17.