Nys, Van Den Brand extend lead in rankings

Belgian Sven Nys and Dutch woman Daphny Van Den Brand extended their leads in the UCI rankings this...

Belgian Sven Nys and Dutch woman Daphny Van Den Brand extended their leads in the UCI rankings this week. Nys was able to overcome a mid-race flat to take the win in the Superprestige round in Veghel-Eerde, extending his lead over compatriot Bart Wellens to 490 points, continuing his domination with 1820 points. Nys padded out his tally this week with a win in Spain at the C2 race in Asteasu, after winning the Igorre World Cup.

Klaas Vantornout remained in third place, 101 points behind Wellens, while Czech rider Zdenek Stybar remained in fourth ahead of World Champion Erwin Vervecken. Most of the standings remained unchanged this week due to the cancellation of the men's race in the Milan World Cup.

The Milan World Cup went on as scheduled for the women, juniors and espoirs, allowing Van Den Brand to open up a sizeable gap on second placed American Katie Compton. While Compton rested up after falling ill before the Portland finale of the US Gran Prix, Van Den Brand took victory in Milan and the 300 points for first place, and then jetted back to the Netherlands to take the win in Veghel-Eerde - and now holds a 340 point lead on Compton.

See the complete 'cross rankings here.

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