Cyclocross

Déjà Vu all over as Nijs and Kupfernagel win again in Wetzikon

Sven Nijs locked up his 13th career World Cup cyclo-cross win on Sunday, taking round three of the six-race series in Wetzikon. Sunday’s win, narrowly ahead of fellow Belgian Bart Wellens, establishes a new World Cup record, an accomplishment all the more impressive considering that Nijs is just 27 years old. The win also means Nijs is undefeated in World Cup competition this season after he won the October 26 opening round in Torino, Italy and again on November 16, in St. Wendel, Germany. Nijs and Wellens fought a heated battle Sunday. The two Belgians shot off the front in the first lap

By VeloNews Interactive

Nijs leads Wellens through the barriers

Nijs leads Wellens through the barriers

Photo: Graham Watson

Sven Nijs locked up his 13th career World Cup cyclo-cross win on Sunday, taking round three of the six-race series in Wetzikon.

Sunday’s win, narrowly ahead of fellow Belgian Bart Wellens, establishes a new World Cup record, an accomplishment all the more impressive considering that Nijs is just 27 years old. The win also means Nijs is undefeated in World Cup competition this season after he won the October 26 opening round in Torino, Italy and again on November 16, in St. Wendel, Germany.

Nijs and Wellens fought a heated battle Sunday. The two Belgians shot off the front in the first lap and stayed ahead for the duration. By the fifth lap, the two had built a 45-second advantage over a powerful group of eight pursuers, including Ben Berden, Tom Vannoppen, Richard Groenendaal, Erwin Vervecken and Sven Vanthourenhout. The two leaders, now well over a minute ahead of the chase group, settled in to fight out the finish between them. Drifting back and launching a hard charge, Wellens tried an attack coming into the finish, but Nijs was expecting the move and easily countered for the win.

Vannoppen joined his two countrymen on the podium when he took third, again ensuring another all-too-familiar, all-Belgian podium.Hank Kupfernagel added to her already formidable World Cup lead, winning the women’s race.
Men
1 Sven Nijs (Bel)
2 Bart Wellens (Bel)
3 Tom Vannoppen (Bel)
4 Christian Heule (Swi)
5 John Gadret (Fra)
6 Ben Berden (Bel)
7 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel)
8 R. Groenendaal (Ned)
9 J. Pospisil (Cz)
10 E. Vervecken (Bel)
11 C. Heule (Swi)
12 E. Franzoi (Ita)
13 M. Baumgartner (Swi)
14 J. Gradret (F)
15 M. Zlamalik (Cz)