Wellens wins Superprestige final

Belgian Bart Wellens (Spaar-Select) won the eighth and final round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series in Harnes, France, on Sunday. Wellens outsprinted Dutchman Richard Groenendaal, who had already wrapped up the overall title after round 7 in Diegem, Belgium. 30 seconds later came Belgian Sven Nijs, followed by world champion Erwin Vervecken. With his win, Wellens finished second in the overall standings, one of eight Belgians in the top 10.

By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP

Belgian Bart Wellens (Spaar-Select) won the eighth and final round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series in Harnes, France, on Sunday.

Wellens outsprinted Dutchman Richard Groenendaal, who had already wrapped up the overall title after round 7 in Diegem, Belgium. 30 seconds later came Belgian Sven Nijs, followed by world champion Erwin Vervecken.

With his win, Wellens finished second in the overall standings, one of eight Belgians in the top 10.

Results

Superprestige cyclo-cross round 8

1. Bart Wellens (B), in 1:00:42
2. Richard Groenendaal (Nl), s.t.
3. Sven Nijs (B), at 0:30.
4. Erwin Vervecken (B), at 0:34.
5. Tom Vannoppen (B), at 0:35.
6. Wim De Vos (Nl), at 0:40.
7. Peter Van Santvliet (Nl), at 1:20.
8. David Pagnier (F)
9. Christophe Morel (F)
10. Sven Vanthourenhout (B), all s.t.

Final overall (after eight of eight rounds)

1. Richard Groenendaal (Nl), 194 pts
2. Bart Wellens (B), 143
3. Erwin Vervecken (B), 137
4. Tom Vannoppen (B), 136
5. Peter Vansantvliet (B), 131
6. Sven Nijs (B), 128
7. Mario De Clercq (B), 114
8. Kipcho Volckaerts (B), 90
9. Marc Janssens (B), 89
10. Gerben De Knegt (Nl), 74