Wanted: Nys

Sven Nys, the "cannibal of Baal" as he is being nick-named after his breathtakingly successful...

Sven Nys, the "cannibal of Baal" as he is being nick-named after his breathtakingly successful 2004-05 cyclo-cross season, is a wanted man by at least three teams at the moment. Davitamon-Lotto, Landbouwkrediet and Quick.Step reportedly stand in line to make their offers to the Belgian, who will also be enjoying his vacation on the island of Cuba as of next Monday. "I've had talks with Patrick Lefevere of Quick.Step-Innergetic, but Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and Davitamon-Lotto are interested," the rider admitted. "I have an appointment with Rabobank manager Theo de Rooij on Friday."

Nys also has plans to participate in mountain bike races, starting on July 17. "Tervuren [the fourth round of the Belgian Championship] is a race that would suit me well," he said. "If things go my way, then I would consider the European Championships a fortnight later in Kluisbergen. And then I'll see if my Olympic dream could possibly become true," indicating that he is thinking about participation at the next Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.

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