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Gadret surprise winner in Vosserm

France’s Jon Gadret surprised a field of strong Flemish ‘cross men to take a last-lap victory in Vosserm, Belgium, on Sunday. Gadret took advantage of a well-timed attack from Belgian Ben Berden and a tumultuous final lap to scamper off with a victory. The action started early as Dutch champion Richard Groenendaal took a hard fall on a dangerous descent on the opening lap. The 2000 world champion fought back hard, though, and successfully rejoined an elite group of eight leaders, led by his Belgian Rabobank teammate, Sven Nys. Sven Vanthourenhout, winner in Saturday’s race in Eernegem, also

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By Marcel Van Hoecke, Special to VeloNews

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

France’s Jon Gadret surprised a field of strong Flemish ‘cross men to take a last-lap victory in Vosserm, Belgium, on Sunday. Gadret took advantage of a well-timed attack from Belgian Ben Berden and a tumultuous final lap to scamper off with a victory.

The action started early as Dutch champion Richard Groenendaal took a hard fall on a dangerous descent on the opening lap. The 2000 world champion fought back hard, though, and successfully rejoined an elite group of eight leaders, led by his Belgian Rabobank teammate, Sven Nys.

Groenendaal was forced to chase from the start

Groenendaal was forced to chase from the start

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

Sven Vanthourenhout, winner in Saturday’s race in Eernegem, also hit the deck and battled mechanical problems. Even after a bike switch and a hard chase, the Belgian failed to make a mark in Sunday’s event.

The day’s most critical moment came at the half-way mark, as the Rabobank duo of Groenendaal and Nys launched a strong attack and were quickly chased down by Belgians Berden and Davy Commeyne and the Frenchman Gadret.

The gap proved insurmountable and the rest of the field was left to chase a group from which the day’s winner would emerge. Nys and Berden tried a series of attacks but each failed and the group remained intact until a spectacular penultimate lap.Nys, active at the front throughout, crashed on a tough stretch. He fought back hard, rejoined Berden just as Groenendaal fell and was forced to run over a tough portion of the course.

Nys, Berden and Gadret remained at the front, but as Berden took a turn, he, too, crashed, opening the door for the Frenchman to launch a strong attack.As he entered the final lap, Gadret enjoyed a slight 15-second lead on the hard-charging Flemish trio of Nys, Berden and Commeyne.

Nys took one final gamble in an effort to bridge the gap. His attack only succeeded in shedding Commeyne, but Berden stayed on his wheel and neither man made much progress in trying to reel in the French escapee. Berden edged Nys to take second.

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