Powerless Nys below par in Koksijde

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA-Drink) rode far below par at the second round of the UCI World Cup in Koksijde. The Belgian champion never featured at the front as he struggled with the deep sand, and faded during the second half of the race to finish a distant fifteenth place. The 38-year-old cyclo-cross star cited illness but, possibly, he wanted to conserve energy for the Superprestige round in Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.

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