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Nys wins Scheldecross

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Only Gerben de Knegt (Rabobank) could follow the acceleration of Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago).

Only Gerben de Knegt (Rabobank) could follow the acceleration of Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago).
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Czech champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team) finished third at Scheldecross.

Czech champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team) finished third at Scheldecross.
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Italian champion Enrico Franzoi (Liquigas) and Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP - Powerplus)

Italian champion Enrico Franzoi (Liquigas) and Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP - Powerplus)
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Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus), teammate Jim Aernouts and Vincent Baestaens (Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team) tackle a tough run-up.

Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus), teammate Jim Aernouts and Vincent Baestaens (Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team) tackle a tough run-up.
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Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus) leads his teammate Jim Aernouts.

Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus) leads his teammate Jim Aernouts.
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Belgium's Vincent Baestaens (Fidea Cycling Team) and Swiss champion Christian Heule (Rendementhypo Cycling Team)

Belgium's Vincent Baestaens (Fidea Cycling Team) and Swiss champion Christian Heule (Rendementhypo Cycling Team)
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German champion Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Power Plus)

German champion Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Power Plus)
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Belgium's Ben Berden shoulders his bike.

Belgium's Ben Berden shoulders his bike.
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Geert Wellens (AVB Cycling Team)

Geert Wellens (AVB Cycling Team)
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Belgiuim's Wim Leemans (BKCP - Powerplus)

Belgiuim's Wim Leemans (BKCP - Powerplus)
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Sven Nys ((Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) leads Gerben de Knegt (Rabobank).

Sven Nys ((Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) leads Gerben de Knegt (Rabobank).
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Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) and Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus).

Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) and Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus).
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Vincent Baestaens (Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team)

Vincent Baestaens (Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team)
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Former French 'cross champion John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale) runs the stairs.

Former French 'cross champion John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale) runs the stairs.
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Martin Zlámalík (Prodoli Racing Team) en route to a 13th place finish.

Martin Zlámalík (Prodoli Racing Team) en route to a 13th place finish.
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World champion Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus) had an off-day and finished in seventh.

World champion Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus) had an off-day and finished in seventh.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) admires his second career Scheldecross winner's trophy.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) admires his second career Scheldecross winner's trophy.
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The men's podium: Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team), 2nd; Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago), 1st; Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team), 3rd.

The men's podium: Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team), 2nd; Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago), 1st; Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team), 3rd.
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Police dispose of a WWII-era grenade discovered at the race venue, delaying the start of the men's event.

Police dispose of a WWII-era grenade discovered at the race venue, delaying the start of the men's event.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) powers through the snow.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) powers through the snow.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) earned his sixth win of the season.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) earned his sixth win of the season.
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Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) celebrates his victory at the Scheldecross.

Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) celebrates his victory at the Scheldecross.
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Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) crosses the line in second place.

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) crosses the line in second place.
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World Champion Niels Albert wasn't on his best in Antwerp.

World Champion Niels Albert wasn't on his best in Antwerp.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
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Sven Nys detonated the Scheldecross.

Sven Nys detonated the Scheldecross.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet Colnago) in the lead on the stairs

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet Colnago) in the lead on the stairs
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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet Fidea)

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet Fidea)
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Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea) was pleased to get second in the elite race.

Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea) was pleased to get second in the elite race.
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Sven Nys runs away with the Scheldecross.

Sven Nys runs away with the Scheldecross.
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Niels Albert (BKCP Powerplus)

Niels Albert (BKCP Powerplus)
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Tom Meeusen (Fidea) had a strong race against the elites.

Tom Meeusen (Fidea) had a strong race against the elites.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
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John Gadret (AG2R) fell on the steps.

John Gadret (AG2R) fell on the steps.
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John Gadret (AG2R) trips on the icy steps in the Scheldecross.

John Gadret (AG2R) trips on the icy steps in the Scheldecross.
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Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) soloed to his sixth victory of the season today at the Scheldecross in Antwerp, Belgium. Nys bested runner-up Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) by 13 seconds and third placed Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) by 15 seconds.

The start of the men's race was delayed due to the discovery of a World War II-era grenade on the parcours. After the hazard was neutralized the men's elite event was reduced to 45 minutes from the usual 60-minute length.

The Czech Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus) powered away from the start and led after one lap, followed by Nys and Stybar. On the second lap Nys increased the tempo, catching and dropping Simunek to take over the race lead. Only the Dutchman Gerben de Knegt (Rabobank) could accompany Nys, but he, too, was soon unable to maintain the furious pace being set by the Belgian champion.

Nys continued alone at the front and entered the final lap holding a 28-second lead over an elite chase group. On the final lap Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) attacked to claim second place, while the Czech champion Stybar finished seconds later to round out the podium.

Results
1Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago0:44:15
2Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:13
3Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:15
4Radomir Simunek (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus0:00:24
5Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank0:00:30
6Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:35
7Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
8Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank
9Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Liquigas0:00:57
10Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
11Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team0:01:21
12Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team
13Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Prodoli Racing Team
14Christian Heule (Swi) Rendementhypo Cycling Team
15Jim Aernouts (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
16Marco Bianco (Ita) L Arcobaleno Carraro Team
17Rob Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
18Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:01:57
19Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank
20Mitchell Huenders (Ned) AA Cycling Team0:02:05
21Jan Verstraeten (Bel) KDL Trans NV
22Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Team BKCP-Power Plus0:02:39
23Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Het Snelle Wiel
24Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank
25David Derepas (Fra) UVCA Troyes
26Nico Berckmans (Bel) Dcm-Gb Vorselaar Cycling Team VZW
27Geert Wellens (Bel) AVB - Cycling Team
28Lubomír Petruš (Cze) BKCP - Power Plus
29John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
30Tom Van den Bosch (Bel) Rendementhypo Cycling Team
31Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Vendée U Pays de la Loire
32Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team
33Bart Verschueren (Bel) Revor-Jartazi Continental Team0:03:15
34Jimmy Tielens (Bel) Team Saeco Focus 2010:03:25
35Dave De Cleyn (Bel) AVB - Cycling Team0:03:43
36Wim Leemans (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus
37Jan Van Dael (Bel) Sunweb-Projob
38Ben Berden (Bel) Revor Cycling Team
39Gianni Denolf (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:04:04
40Corne Van Kessel (Ned)0:04:15
41Mike Garrigan (Can) La Bicicleta0:05:17
42Kevin Cant (Bel) AVB - Cycling Team
43Stijn Huys (Bel) Palmans-Cras
44Paul Oldham (GBr) Hope Factory Racing0:05:29
45Yves Corminboeuf (Swi) Scott SRAM Le Marechal0:05:30
46Ken Smets (Bel)0:06:35
47Baasankhuu Myagmarsuren (Mgl)
48Naran Khangarid (Mgl)-1lap
49Ariunbold Naranbat (Mgl)
50Robert Watson (GBr)
51Matt Brandon (USA)

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