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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
Rabobank’s Sven Nijs won his second consecutive Superprestige cyclo-cross race, taking the fourth round of the series in Gieten, the Netherlands. The young Belgian beat out compatriots Bart Wellens and Tom Vannoppen.
Nijs increased his lead in the overall series. He now holds a 16-point advantage over Wellens.
In Gieten, Nijs took advantage of an excellent start, and only Sven Vanthourenhout and Richard Groenendaal could keep his wheel early on, but both would drop back late in the race. Wellens mounted a late challenge, but couldn’t catch Nijs, falling seven seconds short.
Round 5 of the Superprestige takes place December 8, in Hoogstraeten, Belgium.
1. Sven Nijs (B), in 1:00:34; 2. Bart Wellens (B), at 0:07; 3. Tom Vannoppen (B), at 0:20; 4. Arne Daelmans (B), at 0:37; 5. Mario De Clercq (B), at 0:55; 6. Gerben De Knegt (Nl), at 1:01; 7. Sven Vanthourenhout (B), at 1:14; 8. Richard Groenendaal (Nl), at 1:25; 9. Peter Van Santvliet (B), at 2:15; 10. Maarten Nijlaard (Nl), at 2:30.