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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
The European Superprestige cyclo-cross series opened in Ruddervoorde, Belgium, on Sunday, with former world under-23 champion Bart Wellens taking the first series lead. Wellens scored a solo win in Ruddervoorde, 59 seconds ahead of runner-up Sven Nijs.
World champion Erwin Vervecken, back from his trip to the U.S., was third, another 11 seconds back, while defending Superprestige champion Richard Groenendaal was fourth. The second round of the Superprestige series will take place November 4, in St. Michielsgestel, the Netherlands.
1. Bart Wellens (B), Spaarselect; 2. Sven Nijs (B), Rabobank, at 0:59; 3. Erwin Vervecken (B), Spaarselect, at 1:10; 4. Richard Groenendaal (Nl), Rabobank, at 1:12; 5. Tom Vannoppen (B), Vlaanderen-T Interim, at 1:15; 6. Gerben de Knegt (Nl), s.t.; 7. Mario De Clercq (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 1:21; 8. Sven Vanthourenhout (B); 9. Bjorn Rondelez (B), both s.t.; 10. Peter Van Santvliet (B), at 1:33