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Sunday’s EuroFile: Vanthourenhout wins in Aigle; Astarloa joins Barloworld

Belgian Sven Vanthourenhout (Rabobank) won the eighth round of the UCI’s cyclo-cross World Cup on Sunday, beating his compatriots Sven Nijs and Erwin Vervecken in Aigle, Switzerland. Vanthourenhout scored the win on a 2.6km course that encircled the World Cycling Center, the headquarters of the Union Cycliste Internationale, cycling’s world governing body. Ben Berden and Italian Enrico Franzoi finished respectively in fourth and fifth places. It was those five riders who dominated throughout most of the race, staying together in a lead group until the penultimate lap when Nijs and

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Belgian Sven Vanthourenhout (Rabobank) won the eighth round of the UCI’s cyclo-cross World Cup on Sunday, beating his compatriots Sven Nijs and Erwin Vervecken in Aigle, Switzerland.

Vanthourenhout scored the win on a 2.6km course that encircled the World Cycling Center, the headquarters of the Union Cycliste Internationale, cycling’s world governing body.

Ben Berden and Italian Enrico Franzoi finished respectively in fourth and fifth places. It was those five riders who dominated throughout most of the race, staying together in a lead group until the penultimate lap when Nijs and Vanthourenhout managed to escape.

Nijs continues to lead the World Cup standings

Nijs continues to lead the World Cup standings

Photo: Graham Watson

The two Rabobank riders stayed together until the final turn when the 24-year-old Vanthourenhout jumped ahead for the first World Cup win of his career.

Nijs, meanwhile, continues his hold on the overall World Cup standings as well as the UCI’s cyclo-cross rankings. U.S. national champion, Jonathan Page, was the top U.S. competitor, finishing in 23rd at 2:24.

The 11-race World Cup schedule continues on January 16 with its ninth round in Nommay, France.
Results
1. Sven Vanthourenhout (B)in 56:12
2. Sven Nys (B), at 0:02
3. Erwin Vervecken (B), at 0:07
4. Ben Berden (B), at 0:09
5. Enrico Franzoi (I), at 0:13
6. Christian Heule (Swi), at 0:27
7. Tom Vannoppen (B), at 0:40
8. Jan Verstraeten (B), at 0:42
9. Bart Wellens (B), at 1:02
10. Jiri Pospisil (Cz), at 1:08FULLRESULTS

Astarloa to leave Lampre
Former world road champion Igor Astarloa is set to leave the Lampre-Caffita team and sign for Italian-South African team Barloworld, it was reported Sunday.

Astarloa’s agent Paolo Zanni said that the 28-year-old will sign a two-year contract. Astarloa had only joined Lampre last spring after leaving Cofidis when the French team had temporarily ceased operations because of a doping scandal. Astarloa was never implicated in the scandal that largely involved riders and staff whose tenure on the team preceded his own.

“Out of respect for his old team Lampre, Astarloa will only sign his contract after meeting Lampre manager Beppe Saronni, to iron out the details in terminating his contract,” said Zanni.

The move does raise some questions, as Astarloa’s current team is one of the upcoming ProTour squads and Barloworld is not.

Sunday's EuroFile: Vanthourenhout wins in Aigle; Astarloa joins Barloworld

Sunday’s EuroFile: Vanthourenhout wins in Aigle; Astarloa joins Barloworld

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Barloworld, directed by former Midi Libre winner Aleberto Elli, signed the Spaniard in time for this year’s Tour de Langkawi.

Astarloa, who won the world title in Hamilton, Ontario, in 2003, will be the biggest name on the squad, which is sponsored by an international industrial brand management company based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Results


1. Sven Vanthourenhout (B)in 56:12

2. Sven Nys (B), at 0:02

3. Erwin Vervecken (B), at 0:07

4. Ben Berden (B), at 0:09

5. Enrico Franzoi (I), at 0:13

6. Christian Heule (Swi), at 0:27

7. Tom Vannoppen (B), at 0:40

8. Jan Verstraeten (B), at 0:42

9. Bart Wellens (B), at 1:02

10. Jiri Pospisil (Cz), at 1:08

11. Wim Jacobs (B), 01:12

12. Bart Aernouts (B), 01:13

13. Petr Dlask (Cz), 01:14

14. Maarten Nijland (Nl), 01:18

15. Davy Commeyne (B), 01:19

16. Kamil Ausbuher (Cz), 01:21

17. Wiland Van Gils (Nl), 01:24

18. Camiel Van Den Bergh (Nl), 01:34

19. Marco Bianco (I), 01:42

20. Martin Zlamalik (Cz), 01:56

21. Simon Zahner (Swi), 02:10

22. Vaclav Jezek (Cz), 02:23

23. Jonathan Page (USA), 02:24

24. Michael Baumgartner (Swi), 02:32

25. David Derepas (F), 02:32

26. Vladimir Kizivat (Cz), 02:53

27. Ryan Trebon (USA), 02:57

28. Steffen Weigold (G), 03:21

29. Jan Ramsauer (Swi), 03:27

30. Lukas Flueckiger (Swi), 03:33

31. Ondrej Lukes (Cz), 03:37

32. Luca Damiani (I), 03:53

33. Barry Wicks (USA), 04:24

34. Jens Reuker (G), 04:30

35. Marco Aurelio Fontana (I), 04:41

36. Roman Peter (Swi), 04:48

37. Thorsten Struch (G), 04:52

38. David Rush (Swi), 05:08

39. Eric Tonkin (USA), 05:28

40. Rafael Visinelli (I), 05:39

41. Beat Morf (Swi), 05:42

42. Jeremy Powers (USA), 06:25

One lap back:

43. Maik Muller (G)

44. Ben Turner (USA)

45. Alessandro Di Tano (I)

Did not Finish:

Zdenek Mlynar (Cz)

Gerben De Knegt (Nl)

Jesse Anthony (USA)

John Hanson (USA)

Jochen Uhrig (G)

50 starters, 45 finishers