World Cup #9; Nys with a last lap victory

Sven Nys (Rabobank) has taken his 8th World Cup and 22nd cyclocross victory this season, beating...

Sven Nys (Rabobank) has taken his 8th World Cup and 22nd cyclocross victory this season, beating Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) in a close race in Lieven, France. Nys had to wait until the last lap before he could shake the Frenchman, who would have been quicker than him in a sprint.

"I shook off Mourey just before the finish," Nys said to Sporza Radio. "I knew that I would lose if it came down to a sprint...In the second last lap I had already put in an attack. Mourey had to let go immediately but I couldn't keep going because my chain jumped. He came back but I waited until the same place on the last lap to put my final attack in."

Nys described the race as the "nicest cross in the world. A unique atmosphere and everything in it." But although he keeps winning, the season is starting to take its toll. "Physically I'm very good, but the freshness is gone a bit. I urgently need to rest a couple of days and then train."

Second placed Francis Mourey did a lot better than he did the previous day in Roubaix, when he was lapped. "I only got home on Friday evening after a week long training camp with four hours a day on the road in Saint-Raphael," he told . "That's why I couldn't do anything in Roubaix. Here, even more, I also didn't expect. For me, there's only one race that counts: the World Championship. That's why my season started with the French Championship in Sedan and I am still really fresh. In fourteen days I hope together with [John] Gadret that we can do something against Sven Nys in Zeddam."

Another Frenchman, John Gadret (Ag2r), finished third today after suffering a flat tyre not being able to stay in contact with Nys and Mourey.

For the complete report and results from the Lievin, France World Cup, click here.

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