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Vervecken believes he can challenge

By:
Jeff Jones and Les Clarke
Published:
January 29, 2005, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:44 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for January 29, 2005

Erwin Vervecken will be one of several Belgians vying for the elite men's Cyclo-cross World...

Erwin Vervecken will be one of several Belgians vying for the elite men's Cyclo-cross World Championship title on Sunday in St. Wendel. Winner in 2001, Vervecken has what it takes to be number one on the day, and he believes that the cold, snowy conditions will suit him. "The circuit suits me and I won my world title in the snow," said Vervecken to Gazet van Antwerpen. "If anyone other than Nys attacks, then he has to react himself. If he attacks, then I will definitely react."

Vervecken laughed at the idea of being teammates with his compatriots, as cyclo-cross is still very much an individual sport. "Since De Clercq floored me in Poprad, I know that it's every man for himself. And that goes for Nys as well."

Vervecken questioned Nys' mental strength, which has seemingly failed him at past World Championships. "Is he really that strong mentally? And Wellens was still better last year and he only just won the World's."

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