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Nys changes focus back to 'cross from mountain bike

Sven Nys

Sven Nys (Image credit: Luc Claessen)

Sven Nys (Rabobank) has given up his Olympic mountain bike ambitions in favor of full concentration on cyclo-cross according to the team's website. The Belgian previously had planned an attempt at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

However, the triple World Champion and five-time Belgian National Champion underwent tests last week at the University of Leuven in Belgium that reported his body does not react optimally to extreme temperatures which are expected in Beijing.

"To me it is clear: my body is an excellent body for cyclo-cross, so that's what I fully want to focus on," said Nys to

Nys, who has been racing various mountain bike events this season, began racing BMX at age eight, winning eight national titles before focusing on 'cross and road racing. Nys did not finish the World Cup cross country race in Champéry last weekend.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.