Thibau Nys' participation at Worlds in question after crash in Belgian U23 nationals

Thibau Nys of Belgium finished third at the 2021 European Cyclo-cross Championships in the Netherlands
Thibau Nys of Belgium finished third at the 2021 European Cyclo-cross Championships in the Netherlands (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Thibau Nys (Baloise Trek Lions) had high hopes for his first appearance in the under-23 men’s race at the Belgian Cyclo-cross National Championships, but crashed out of Sunday’s contest in Middlekerke. A winner of the Belgian junior cyclo-cross title in 2020, Nys was in the top 10 of the 63-rider field when he went down hard and sought medical attention.

The injury to his left shoulder area was a great cause for concern, as he fractured that collarbone in October in a crash at the World Cup race in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Surgery to repair the break with a plate was performed in Belgium after a flight home, and Nys was back on the podium at the X2O series at Koppenbergcross three weeks later, where he finished third. 

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).