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Nys takes private plane to Igorre World Cup race

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) was due to arrive in Igorre, Spain for the fourth round of the cyclo-cross World Cup by private plane on Sunday morning. The Belgian had been left stranded at a training camp on Majorca on Saturday after a strike by Spanish air traffic controllers.

“Sven is taking a private plane with Gerben de Knegt, Bart Aernouts, Thijs van Amerongen and Sven Vanthourenhout on Sunday,” Nys’ wife Isabelle told Sporza. “He initially wanted to go by car and boat to Igorre, but he decided against that plan as he didn’t want to get to the start exhausted.”

Meanwhile, Telenet-Fidea riders Kevin Pauwels, Rob Peeters and Bart Wellens have reached Igorre by car after travelling from southern Spain on Saturday. Niels Albert and Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP) have also arrived in the Basque Country after driving from Benicassim.

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Barry Ryan

Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation (opens in new tab), published by Gill Books.