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Nys wins Belgian cyclo-cross championship

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2014 Belgian 'cross championship podium (L-R): Rob Peeters, Sven Nys and Bart Wellens

2014 Belgian 'cross championship podium (L-R): Rob Peeters, Sven Nys and Bart Wellens
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Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team) on his way to second place

Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team) on his way to second place
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 Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)

Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)
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Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink Cycling Team) takes victory

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink Cycling Team) takes victory
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team)

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team)
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Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team)

Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team)
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 Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)
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Bart Aernouts (AA Drink Cycling Team)

Bart Aernouts (AA Drink Cycling Team)
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 Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)

Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)
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Sven Nys and Bart Wellens

Sven Nys and Bart Wellens
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Bronze for Bart Wellens

Bronze for Bart Wellens
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Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink Cycling Team)

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink Cycling Team)
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Michael Vanthourenhout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team)

Michael Vanthourenhout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team)
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The men's podium at the Belgian championships

The men's podium at the Belgian championships
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Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink Cycling Team)

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink Cycling Team)
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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) airs it out over the barriers

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) airs it out over the barriers
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Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) was pleased with his third place finish at Belgian Nationals

Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) was pleased with his third place finish at Belgian Nationals
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World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) celebrates winning his ninth Belgian elite 'cross championship

World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) celebrates winning his ninth Belgian elite 'cross championship
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Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) was unable to defend his Belgian national 'cross title and ultimately was a DNF on the day

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) was unable to defend his Belgian national 'cross title and ultimately was a DNF on the day
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Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) bunny-hopping the barriers

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) bunny-hopping the barriers
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The legend continues for Sven Nys as he wins Belgium's cyclo-cross championship for the ninth time

The legend continues for Sven Nys as he wins Belgium's cyclo-cross championship for the ninth time
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Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) was a master of the sandpit en route to his ninth Belgian national championship

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) was a master of the sandpit en route to his ninth Belgian national championship
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With Sven Nys alone in the lead, the race for second was hotly contested between Bart Wellens and Rob Peeters

With Sven Nys alone in the lead, the race for second was hotly contested between Bart Wellens and Rob Peeters
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Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) runs the sand sector en route to a fourth place result in Belgium's cyclo-cross championship

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) runs the sand sector en route to a fourth place result in Belgium's cyclo-cross championship
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Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) had a race to forget and would drop out of the Belgian 'cross championship

Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) had a race to forget and would drop out of the Belgian 'cross championship
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The battle for the silver medal was a hard-fought contest between Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team) and Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) with Peeters ultimately dropping Wellens to take second

The battle for the silver medal was a hard-fought contest between Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team) and Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) with Peeters ultimately dropping Wellens to take second
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World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) dropped his rivals in the sand pit and rode away to his ninth Belgian championship

World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) dropped his rivals in the sand pit and rode away to his ninth Belgian championship
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Sven Nys is all smiles at the finish line after earning his ninth national cyclo-cross championship

Sven Nys is all smiles at the finish line after earning his ninth national cyclo-cross championship
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World champion Sven Nys is once again Belgium's 'cross champion. Rob Peeters and Bart Wellens completed the 2014 podium.

World champion Sven Nys is once again Belgium's 'cross champion. Rob Peeters and Bart Wellens completed the 2014 podium.
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Sven Nys dominated the Belgian national cyclo-cross championships to take his ninth national title.

Halfway into the race Nys distanced his rivals in the sandpit and opened a 20-second gap. Rob Peeters took the silver medal ahead of Bart Wellens who had to settle for bronze. Defending champion Klaas Vantornout abandoned the race, as did Niels Albert.

"I had a really good day, like I have been having for three weeks now. I felt on the first passage of the sandpit that I was good. I wanted to start the sandpit fresh every lap and succeeded. My ninth title is not the same as the first title but I am really proud. That I can do this at my age is a miracle. To be able to give the supporters and sponsors this at my age is great," he told Sporza television.

The course in Waregem was a varied one with sand imported from Koksijde, mud and several obstacles. Fourteen professional riders started the race with Joeri Adams as early race leader. World champion Sven Nys distanced the field in the sandpit and kept his lead in the second half of the race.

Peeters and Wellens fought for silver. The two riders stayed together for most of the race but Peeters managed to ride away from Wellens in the last lap. Defending champion Klaas Vantornout abandoned halfway into the race. Niels Albert made some mistakes and fell and would abandon the race.

“It didn’t go as i expected," Albert told Sporza. "It wasn’t running smoothly and it was just not in the cards today. I made mistakes, crashed a few times. I didn’t have the day to become national champion. I felt good during the warm-up but during the race it didn’t turn out as I hoped. I have no explanation."

Full Results
1Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink Cycling Team)1:05:09
2Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team)0:00:33
3Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)0:00:40
4Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)0:00:53
5Jim Aernouts (Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team)0:00:56
6Dieter Vanthourenhout (Sunweb–Napoleon Games)0:01:06
7Wietse Bosmans (BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team)0:01:18
8Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team)0:01:30
9Bart Aernouts (AA Drink Cycling Team)0:01:34
10Michael Vanthourenhout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team)
DNFNiels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team)
DNFKlaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team)
DNFJoeri Adams (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace)
DNFSven Vanthourenhout (Crelan-AA Drink Cycling Team)

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