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Nys dominates in the mud at Jaarmarktcross Niel

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German champion Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) finished 6th at Jaarmarktcross Niel

German champion Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) finished 6th at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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A mud-splattered Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) in action at Jaarmarktcross Niel

A mud-splattered Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) in action at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) rides while others opt to run in a muddy sector

Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) rides while others opt to run in a muddy sector
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Massive crowds were on hand at Jaarmarktcross Niel.

Massive crowds were on hand at Jaarmarktcross Niel.
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Wout Van Aert (Telenet-Fidea) powers through the slop at Jaarmarktcross Niel

Wout Van Aert (Telenet-Fidea) powers through the slop at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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For the fifth time in his career, Sven Nys prevailed at Jaarmarktcross Niel

For the fifth time in his career, Sven Nys prevailed at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus) in action at Jaarmarktcross Niel

Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus) in action at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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Julien Taramarcaz (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team), Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) would all crack the top-10 at Jaarmarktcross Niel

Julien Taramarcaz (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team), Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) would all crack the top-10 at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) soloed to victory at Jaarmarktcross Niel

World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) soloed to victory at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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Wout Van Aert (Telenet-Fidea) would finish an impressive second at Jaarmarktcross Niel after spending spending several laps alone in the lead

Wout Van Aert (Telenet-Fidea) would finish an impressive second at Jaarmarktcross Niel after spending spending several laps alone in the lead
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On a sloppy, technical course at Jaarmarktcross Niel there were several sectors where shouldering the bike was the best option

On a sloppy, technical course at Jaarmarktcross Niel there were several sectors where shouldering the bike was the best option
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Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) en route to a 4th place result at Jaarmarktcross Niel

Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) en route to a 4th place result at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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Wout Van Aert (Telenet-Fidea) finished second to Sven Nys at Jaarmarktcross Niel

Wout Van Aert (Telenet-Fidea) finished second to Sven Nys at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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Swiss champion Julien Taramarcaz (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) in the mud at Jaarmarktcross Niel

Swiss champion Julien Taramarcaz (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) in the mud at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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19-year-old Wout Van Aert (Telenet-Fidea) had an impressive race at Jaarmarktcross Niel

19-year-old Wout Van Aert (Telenet-Fidea) had an impressive race at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) wins Jaarmarktcross Niel for the fifth time in his career

World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) wins Jaarmarktcross Niel for the fifth time in his career
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Jaarmarktcross Niel men's podium(L-R): Wout Van Aert, Sven Nys and Rob Peeters

Jaarmarktcross Niel men's podium(L-R): Wout Van Aert, Sven Nys and Rob Peeters
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Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) powers through the mud at Jaarmarktcross Niel

Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) powers through the mud at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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A huge crowd was on hand to watch Sven Nys race to victory at Jaarmarktcross Niel

A huge crowd was on hand to watch Sven Nys race to victory at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) in action at Jaarmarktcross Niel

Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) in action at Jaarmarktcross Niel
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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).

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)
DNFRadomir Simunek (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
DNFMariusz Gil (Pol) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
DNFDiether Sweeck (Bel) Crelan KDL Cycling Team
DNFJonathan Page (USA) Fuji-Spy-Competitive Cyclist

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