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Boom, Nys take national titles

Lars Boom (Rabobank) took an important step toward the defense of his world cyclocross title, winning the Dutch national championship in Huijbergen on Sunday. Boom beat Thijs Al and veteran Richard Groenendaal in his first major race since injuring his elbow in a big crash in late December. In Belgium, former world champion Sven Nys defended his national title, outsprinting Niels Albert and Kevin Pauwels in Ruddervoorde. [nid:86474] Both Boom and Nys are considered favorites for the world title in the upcoming championships on February 1 in Hoogerheide, in The Netherlands.

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Van den Brand takes Dutch women’s title

2009 European 'cross nationals: Sven Nys on his way to another national title.

2009 European ‘cross nationals: Sven Nys on his way to another national title.

Photo: AFP

Lars Boom (Rabobank) took an important step toward the defense of his world cyclocross title, winning the Dutch national championship in Huijbergen on Sunday.

Boom beat Thijs Al and veteran Richard Groenendaal in his first major race since injuring his elbow in a big crash in late December.

In Belgium, former world champion Sven Nys defended his national title, outsprinting Niels Albert and Kevin Pauwels in Ruddervoorde.

2009 European ‘cross nationals: Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux) takes the French championship Sunday.

Photo: AFP

Both Boom and Nys are considered favorites for the world title in the upcoming championships on February 1 in Hoogerheide, in The Netherlands.

In Switzerland, Christian Heule won ahead Simon Zahner and Lukas Flckiger and in France, Francis Mourey (Franaise des Jeux) won ahead of Steve Chainel and Julien Belgy.

In Denmark, Joachim Parbo won ahead of Christian Poulsen and Tommy Moberg Nielsen.

In the Czech Republic, Zdenek Stybar won ahead of Radomir Simunek, Jr., and Petr Dask.

Daphny Van den Brand won the women’s championships in the Netherlands, ahead of Myriam Melchers and Saskia Elemans.

In Belgium, Joyce Vanderbeken won the women’s championship ahead of Sanne Cant and Veerle Ingels.

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Results

Dutch cyclocross championships

1. Lars Boom (Rabobank) in 1:4:15

2. Thijs Al at 10s

3. Richard Groenendaal at 26s.

4. Gerben De Knegt at 1:21.

5. Eddy van IJzendoorn at 1:31.

Dutch Women’s championships

1. Daphny Van den Brand in 41:45

2. Myriam Melchers at 1:29

3. Saskia Elemans at 1:59

Belgium Men’s Championsips

1. Sven Nys in 1:04:28

2. Niels Albert at 1s.

3. Kevin Pauwels at 20s.

4. Sven Vanthourenhout at 43s.

5. Bart Wellens at 46s.

6. Bart Aernouts at 55s.

7. Dieter Vanthourenhout at 1:06.

8. Rob Peeters at 1:50.

9. Jan Verstraeten at 2:43.

10. Ben Berden at 3:12.

Belgium women’s championships

1. Joyce Vanderbeken in 37:50

2. Sanne Cant at 1s.

3. Veerle Ingels at 1:53 .

Swiss men’s championships

1. Christian Heule in 1:52:6

2. Simon Zahner at :52.9

3. Lukas Flckiger at :53.9

French men’s championship

1. Francis Mourey in 1:2:20.

2. Steve Chainel s.t.

3. Julien Belgy at 5s.

4. David Derepas at 8s.

5. Cyrille Bonnand at 10s.

6. Julien Roussel at 10s.

7. Lionel Genthon at 14s.

8. Florian Le Corre at 14s.

9. Jrme Chevallier at 14s.

10. Arnold Jeannesson at 17s.

French women’s championship

1. Maryline Salvetati in 38:20.

2. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau at 49s.

3. Caroline Mani at 1:01.

4. Nadia Triquet-Claude at 1:01.

5. Pauline Ferrand at 2:52.

6. Maureen Demaret at 3:17.

7. Camille Darcel at 3:17.

8. Lucie Lefvre at 3:25.

9. Bndicte Herv at 3:54.

10. Cynthia Huygens at 4:20
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Danish men’s championship

1. Joachim Parbo

2. Christian Poulsen

3. Tommy Moberg Nielsen

Luxembourg men’s championship

1. Gusty Bausch in 1:08:25.

2. Tom Flammang at 1:43.

3. Jrme Junker at 2:18.