Nys comes out strong in season opener

Aernouts, Pauwels round out podium in Erpe Mere

Belgian national champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) won the first international cyclo-cross race of the European season in Erpe Mere, with a blistering sprint on the uphill finish.

Nys beat Bart Aernouts (Rabo-Giant Offroad Team) in the sprint, with Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) completing the podium of the Steenbergcross race, 1 seconds down.

With conditions in Belgium dry, the race was extremely fast and Nys attacked during the second lap and only Klaas Vantornout and Bart Aernouts were able to go after him. Vantornout tried his own attack but went out of contention due to a mechanical problem.

Nys and Aernouts stayed away to fight out the sprint on the uphill finish but Nys was far faster and took his fifth victory in the Belgian season-opener.

World champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) delayed his season debut until next weekend but Nys already seems the biggest threat to his dominance of the off-road winter.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
2Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team.  
3Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
4Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
5Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
6Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
7Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus  
8Steve Chainel (Fra)  
9Enrico Franzoi (Ita) BKCP-Powerplus  
10Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank  
11Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb Revor  
12Jim Aernouts (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
13Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
14Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team  
15Ian Field (GBr)  
16Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) BKCP-Powerplus  
17Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team.  
18Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team  
19Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb Revor  
20Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Sunweb Revor  
21Jelle Brackman (Bel) MTB dreamteam  
22Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus  
23Jens Adams (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
24Karel Hnik (Cze) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
25Ben Berden (Bel) Qin Cycling Team  
26Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Spa)  
27Gianni Denolf (Bel) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team  
28Nicolas Bazin (Fra)  
29Arnaud Grand (Swi)  
30Robby Cobbaert (Bel) SDC - Rogelli Cycling Team  
31Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team  
32Kobus Hereygers (Ned) ZZPR.NL  
33Micki van Empel (Ned) ZZPR.NL  
34Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus  
35Tommy Nielsen (Den)  
36Geert Wellens (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team  
37Kenneth Hansen (Den)  
38Xabier Garcia Irazola (Spa)  
39Daniel Ruiz Echeandia (Spa)  
40Benedikt Jobb (Ger)  
41Stijn Heyse (Bel) Team CATA bikes bianchi  
42Wim Allary (Bel) Koninklijke Brugse Velosport VZW  
43Alberto Candelas Caballero (Spa)  


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