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By VeloNews Interactive
Belgian Ben Berden soloed to victory on Sunday in the Grand Prix of Belgium, the fourth round of the cyclo-cross World Cup.
Dutchman Richard Groenendaal took off on the first lap in Koksijde, pursued by a host of Belgians. Sven Nijs took a spill and lost about 10 seconds, but first Bart Wellens, then Berden were able to join Groenendaal at the front.
With three laps remaining, Groenendaal and Berden left Wellens behind – and during the last lap, Berden took off alone to win. Groenendaal hung on for second, followed by Erwin Vervecken, Wellens, Nijs and Sven Vanthourenhout.
Nijs, winner of the first three rounds, retains the overall lead in the World Cup with 215 points. Berden now sits in second overall with 180, followed by Wellens with 140.
The fifth race in the series, the Grand Prix of France, will be January 18 in Nommay. The series wraps up February 15 with the Grand Prix of the Netherlands in Pijnacker. –AFP contributed to this report
1. Ben Berden (B), 1:00:36
2. Richard Groenendaal (Ned), at 0:06
3. Erwin Vervecken (B), at 0:25
4. Bart Wellens (B), at 0:32
5. Sven Nijs (B), s.t.
6. Sven Vanthourenhout (B), at 2:03
7. Tom Vannoppen (B),at 2:35
8. Jiri Pospisil (Cze), at 3:03
9. Wilant van Gils (Ned), at 3:13
10. Dariusz Gil (Pol), at 3:33
11. John Gadret (F), s.t.
12. Francis Mourey (F), at 3:35
World Cup overall (after four of five rounds)
1. Sven Nys (B), 215pts
2. Ben Berden (B), 180
3. Bart Wellens (B), 140
4. Richard Groenendaal (Ned), 140
5. Francis Mourey (F), 124
6. Sven Vanthourenhout (B), 107
7. Tom Vannoppen (B), 103
8. John Gadret (F), 101
9. Jiri Pospisil (Cze), 100
10. Erwin Vervecken (B), 94