Nys dominates in the mud at Jaarmarktcross Niel

Sven Nys (Crelan KDL) dominated the mud and his rivals to take yet another emphatic at the Jaarmarktcross Niel in Belgium.

The world champion crossed the finish line with his rainbow jersey covered in mud but had shown a clean pair of heels to all his rivals on the waterlogged and muddy course. 

Nys started behind his rivals as they battled through the mud but then took off in the second half of the race and was never seen again. He quickly caught talented 19-year-old rider Wout van Aert (Telenet-Fidea), who had been riding alone in the lead, and then Nys used his power to gain time on his rivals, who were forced to dismount and run on sectors where Nys could ride. Van Aert fought on to take a well-deserved and impressive second place.

Once in the lead Nys opened a gap and cruised to victory during the final three laps of the technical course. It was his fifth win in the Jaarmarktcross race after also winning in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) finished third with Niels Albert (BKCP Powerplus) down in seventh place after a late tumble.

The race was held on Remembrance Day, a national holiday in Belgium. The next races in the Soudal series are the Scheldecross Antwerpen (7 December), Classic Namur-World Cup (22 December) and Cyclocross Leuven (January 19).

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Full Results
1Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team1:01:48
2Wout Van Aert (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:21
3Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:14
4Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team0:01:20
5Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:01:54
6Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus0:02:02
7Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team0:02:12
8Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:18
9Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:02:20
10Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:32
11Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:02:53
12Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:03:00
13Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team0:03:05
14Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team0:03:14
15Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team0:03:28
16Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:03:37
17Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team0:03:40
18Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team0:04:26
19Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team0:04:38
20David van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus0:05:38
21Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team0:06:01
22Stef Boden (Bel)0:06:19
23Niels Koyen (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team-1lap
24Ion Intxausti (Spa) Burunda Club Ciclista-2laps
25Wouter Goosen (Bel) Zannata Cycling Team-4laps
26Ivan Jovanovic (Srb)Row 25 - Cell 2
DNFRadomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
DNFMariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
DNFDiether Sweeck (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive CyclistRow 29 - Cell 2

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