Cyclocross

It’s Wellens in Kalmthout

There was no stopping reigning world champion Bart Wellens as he easilywon the third round of Belgium’s Gazet van Antwerpen-trophee series inKalmthout on Sunday.Wellens attacked early in the race and was quickly joined by Sven Nijs,Sven Vanthourenhout and Tom Vannoppen. The foursome managed to elude some big guns in the field, including Mario DeClerq and Richard Groenendaal.In the third lap Wellens showed his strength and rode off alone. Hewas in leading position with more than one minute when a hard-chasing Nijs had a mechanical and was forced to run to the pits, losing any advantage he had

By Marcel Van Hoecke

Wellens

Wellens

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

There was no stopping reigning world champion Bart Wellens as he easilywon the third round of Belgium’s Gazet van Antwerpen-trophee series inKalmthout on Sunday.Wellens attacked early in the race and was quickly joined by Sven Nijs,Sven Vanthourenhout and Tom Vannoppen. The foursome managed to elude some big guns in the field, including Mario DeClerq and Richard Groenendaal.In the third lap Wellens showed his strength and rode off alone. Hewas in leading position with more than one minute when a hard-chasing Nijs had a mechanical and was forced to run to the pits, losing any advantage he had on the field. Meanwhile Vanthourenhout faded back and was passed by a surprisingly strong Maxime Lefebre of France who finished third.1. B.Wellens in 1:00:35
2. T.Vannoppen at 1:18
3. M.Lefebvre (Fra)
4. E.Vervecken
5. B.Berden
6. P.Van Santvliet
7. M.De Clercq
8. A.Daelmans
9. W.van Gils (Ned)
10. S.Vanthourenhout
11. R.Groenendaal (Ned)GvA-trophee:
1. B.Wellens 105 points
2. A.Daelmans 79
3. E.Vervecken 74

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