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Nys comes from behind to win fourth World Cup in Wetzikon

World champion Sven Nys (Rabobank) won the fourth round of the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup on Sunday in Wetzikon, Switzerland — but the victory didn't come easily. The Belgian had to come from behind to take the win over Netherlander Richard Groenendaal and Belgian Bart Wellens, who crossed second and third, respectively. Nys flatted while answering an attack by Italian Enrico Franzoi and had to make up a deficit of more than two minutes on Groenendaal, who had taken the lead. Wellens and Groenendaal tried in vain to shed themselves of Nys, but the world No. 1 proved far superior to his

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By Agence France Presse

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World champion Sven Nys (Rabobank) won the fourth round of the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup on Sunday in Wetzikon, Switzerland — but the victory didn’t come easily.

Groenendaal always does well in these conditions...

Groenendaal always does well in these conditions…

Photo: Graham Watson

The Belgian had to come from behind to take the win over Netherlander Richard Groenendaal and Belgian Bart Wellens, who crossed second and third, respectively.

Nys flatted while answering an attack by Italian Enrico Franzoi and had to make up a deficit of more than two minutes on Groenendaal, who had taken the lead. Wellens and Groenendaal tried in vain to shed themselves of Nys, but the world No. 1 proved far superior to his rivals on the extremely difficult course.

Peter Dlask

Peter Dlask

Photo: Graham Watson

“It was a true cyclo-cross,” Nys said afterward. “After two laps, my bicycle weighed 10 kilos more because of the mud.”

It was the fourth World Cup win in four outings for Nys, and his 14th ’cross win overall this season.

Enrico Franzoi

Enrico Franzoi

Photo: Graham Watson

Americans Jonathan Page and Ryan Trebon finished in 13th (at 2:32) and 32nd (at 4:20) respectively.

The fifth round of the World Cup is scheduled Thursday in Milan, Italy.

Wellens is looking strong at this point in the season

Wellens is looking strong at this point in the season

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Results
1. Nys Sven (B), Rabobank 1:00:36
2. Groenendaal Richard (Nl), Rabobank, At 0:08
3. Wellens Bart (B), Fidea Cycling Team, At 0:23
4. De Knegt Gerben (Nl), at 0:35
5. Franzoi Enrico (I), Lampre – Caffita, At 0:45
6. Vanthourenhout Sven (B), Rabobank, At 0:45
7. Vervecken Erwin (B), Fidea Cycling Team, At 1:33
8. Vannoppen Tom (B), Mrbookmaker – Sports Tech, At 1:38
9. Gadret John (F), Jartazi Revor, At 1:45
10. Van Gils Wilant (Nl), Team Skil – Moser, At 1:47
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Results

Results
1. Nys Sven (B), Rabobank 1:00:36

2. Groenendaal Richard (Nl), Rabobank, At 0:08

3. Wellens Bart (B), Fidea Cycling Team, At 0:23

4. De Knegt Gerben (Nl), at 0:35

5. Franzoi Enrico (I), Lampre – Caffita, At 0:45

6. Vanthourenhout Sven (B), Rabobank, At 0:45

7. Vervecken Erwin (B), Fidea Cycling Team, At 1:33

8. Vannoppen Tom (B), Mrbookmaker – Sports Tech, At 1:38

9. Gadret John (F), Jartazi Revor, At 1:45

10. Van Gils Wilant (Nl), Team Skil – Moser, At 1:47

11. Stybar Zdnek (Cz), Fidea Cycling Team, At 2:06

12. Dlask Petr (Cz), at 2:22

13. Page Jonathan (USA), at 2:32

14. Chainel Steve (F), at 2:43

15. Vantornout Klaas (B), at 2:43

16. Commeyne Davy (B), Mrbookmaker – Sports Tech, At 3:06

17. Mourey Francis (F), FranÇAise Des Jeux, At 3:08

18. Heule Christian (Swi), Stevens Racing Team, At 3:10

19. Labbe Arnaud (F), Auber 93, At 3:10

20. Baumgartner Michael (Swi), at 3:26

21. Urban Malte (G), Stevens Racing Team, At 3:31

22. Zlamalik Martin (Cz), at 3:35

23. Aernouts Bart (B), Rabobank, At 3:36

24. Van Nuffel Tim (B), at 3:43

25. Vogel Florian (Swi), at 3:45

26. Frischknecht Thomas (Swi), at 4:04

27. Al Thijs (Nl), Giant-Racing-Team, At 4:07

28. Ausbuher Kamil (Cz), at 4:12

29. Zahner Simon (Swi), at 4:17

30. Rusch David (Swi), at 4:18

31. Kyzivat Vladimir (Cz), at 4:19

32. Trebon Ryan (USA), at 4:20

33. Moos Alexandre (Swi), Phonak Hearing Systems, At 4:46

34. Bianco Marco (I), at 4:49

35. Belgy Julien (F), Bouygues Telecom, At 4:56

36. Derepas David (F), Jartazi Revor, At 5:17

37. Van Den Bergh Camiel (Nl), Stevens Racing Team, At 5:20

38. Van Ijzendoorn Eddy (Nl), Van Vliet – Ebh – Advocaten
0:05:20

39. Simunek Radomir (Jr) (Cz), Mrbookmaker – Sports Tech
0:06:00

40. Schwedler Jens (G), Stevens Racing Team, At 6:01

41. Brzezinski Fabian (G), Stevens Racing Team, At 6:05

42. Dirkx Bart (Nl), at 6:14

43. Cichosz Marek (P), at 6:18

44. Gujan Martin (Swi), Athleticum-Mtb-Team, At 6:22

45. Bausch Gusty (Lux), at 6:24

46. Hekele Emil (Cz), Dukla Trencin, At 7:01

47. Metlicka Vaclaf (Svk), at 7:17

48. Barenyi Milan (Svk), at 7:38

49. Glajza Robert (Svk), at 1 Lap

50. Reuker Jens (G), at 1 Lap

51. Muller Maik (G), at 1 Lap

52. Bina Martin (Cz), at 1 Lap

53. Salza Michele (I), at 1 Lap

54. Pavoni Pietro (I), at 1 Lap

55. Struch Thorsten (G), at 1 Lap

56. Sickmueller Johannes (G), Stevens Racing Team, at 1 lap

Did Not Finish
Krenn Gerhard (A)

Grandi Alessandro (I)

Presslauer Peter (A), Stevens Racing Team