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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
World champion Erwin Vervecken won the sixth round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series on Sunday in Diegem, Belgium, where he beat out fellow Belgians Mario De Clercq and Peter Van Santvliet. Sven Nijs, sixth on Sunday, retained the overall lead after six of eight rounds.
For Vervecken, it was his third win in the series this season, after his earlier victories in Sint-Michielgestel, the Netherlands, and Hoogstraten, Belgium.
In Diegem, the Belgians dominated the race from start to finish, as they have been doing all season. In the end, it came down to a final-lap battle between Vervecken and De Clercq, with Vervecken drawing away to take a six-second win.
1. Erwin Vervecken (B), in 58:56;
2. Mario De Clercq (B), at 0:06;
3. Peter Van Santvliet (B), at 0:19;
4. Gerben de Knegt (Nl);
5. Tom Vannoppen (B), both s.t.;
6. Sven Nijs (B), at 0:39;
7. Arne Daelmans (B), at 0:42;
8. Wim De Vos (Nl), at 1:09;
9. Ben Berden (B), s.t.;
10. Bjorn Rondelez (B), at 1:29;
Overall (after 6 of 8 rounds);
1. Nijs, 146 pts.;
2. Vervecken, 135;
3. Bart Wellens (B), 116;
4. De Clercq, 114;
5. Vannoppen, 109.