By Brecht Decaluwé
To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Superprestige series there were double points at stake on the extremely heavy course of Gavere, near Ghent. Sven Nys (Rabobank) pointed out that he didn't appreciate this system as bad luck could ruin a good ranking in the series but it ended up alright for the UCI-leader as he battled himself to victory. "Last week was much more comfortable, but maybe that was because the courses were much heavier this weekend," Nys said. "On the climbs I felt that I had some energy left while following Erwin Vervecken (Fidea), that's why I decided to attack there. Still I was unsure about the win until the finish line came in sight," the 30 year-old Belgian was apparently thinking about his bad luck last week in Niel.
Second to Nys at the end, Erwin Vervecken pulled off one of his strongest performances this season enjoying the many running sections on the muddy course. "It seems that I didn't give in on my running capabilities this year, I felt really well today. Sometimes Nys lost some metres on me but I don't know why that was, that's why I maintained a tight pace," Vervecken said. "When Nys attacked my legs felt sore and I couldn't do anything more than defending my second place," the world champion said.
Read the entire Superprestige Series #3 race report here.