World champion Erwin Vervecken won the second round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series in Sint-Michielsgestel, the Netherlands, on Sunday, outsprinting fellow Belgian Sven Nijs at the finish.
Vervecken and Nijs had broken clear of the rest of the field, which was led in by another Belgian, Bart Wellens, who won the opening round of the series in Ruddervoorde, Belgium, in October. In all, Belgians took the top seven places on Sunday, with Dutchman Gerben De Knegt the first non-Belgian finisher, taking eighth. With the win, Vervecken moved into a tie for the series lead with Wellens, with Nijs just one point behind in third place.
1. Erwin Vervecken (B), in 1:00:18; 2. Sven Nijs (B), at 0:01; 3. Bart Wellens (B), at 0:47; 4. Mario De Clercq (B), at 0:49; 5. Tom Vannoppen (B), at 0:50; 6. Peter Van Santvliet (B), at 0:52; 7. Sven Vanthournhout (B), at 0:53; 8. Gerben De Knegt (Nl), at 0:54; 9. Geoffrey Clochez (G), at 0:55; 10. Bjorn Rondelez (B), at 0:58.
Overall, after 2
1. Vervecken, 51 pts; 2. Wellens, 51; 3. Nijs, 50; 4. De Clercq, 32; 5. Vannoppen, 32.