By VeloNews Interactive
Belgian Sven Nijs made it 2-for-2 on Sunday, holding off countryman Bart Wellens to take the win at the second round of the cyclo-cross World Cup in Igorre, Spain. Two weeks ago Nijs won the World Cup opener in Monopoli, Italy.
Nijs now has a 20-point lead in the overall standings of the six-race series, with Wellens in second, followed by Richard Groenendaal, Mario De Clercq and Jiri Pospisil.
In the race in Spain Nijs finished with a time of 1:02:42, 50 seconds faster than Wellens. Reigning world champion Erwin Vervecken was third, at 1:25, followed by De Clercq at 1:35, and Groenendaal at 2:04.
On the muddy course, American Jonathan Page (Richard Sachs) ran into mechanical problems, damaging his derailleur and derailleur hanger. He did not finish, and will now return to the U.S. for the U.S. nationals, December 15.
The next round of the World Cup is slated for December 16 in Wortegem-Petegem, Belgium.
World Cup No. 2, Igorre, Spain. Dec. 2, 2001; 1. Sven Nijs (B), 1:02:42; 2. Bart Wellens (B), at :50; 3. Erwin Vervecken (B), at 1:25; 4. Mario De Clercq (B), at 1:35; 5. Richard Groenendaal (Nl), at 2:04; 6. Gerben De Knegt (Nl), at 2:48; 7. Tom Vannoppen (B), at 3:35; 8. Jiri Pospisil (Cze), at 4:05; 9. Arnaud Labbe (F), at 4:13; 10. Beat Wabel (Swi), at 4:23; World Cup standings; (after two of six events); 1. Sven Nijs (B), 120 points; 2. Bart Wellens (B), 100; 3. Richard Groenendaal (Nl), 75; 4. Mario De Clercq (B), 60; 5. Jiri Pospisil (Cze), 56