Sporza reports that former world cyclocross champion Sven Nys’ (Crelan-AA Drink) recent string of bad races may signal a more serious problem for the Belgian.
“We don’t know what is going on,” Jan Verstraeten, Nys’ team’s sport director told Sporza after the Belgian champion withdrew halfway through the Vlaamse Druivencross race in Overijse, Belgium on Sunday.
“There is something up with him the last weeks, as the maximum just does not want to come for Nys. And that has never been as clear as it is today.
“This is really not normal anymore. Sven has in the last few weeks clearly indicated that there is something wrong, that he is missing a percent power. Now we have to find the cause. Only then will we know how to tackle the rest of the season.”
Nys’ 2014 season started well, with a win at CrossVegas in September, and wins at GP Neerpelt and GP Mario De Clercq. However, he’s had a number of disappointments as the autumn has progressed into early winter. He fell short of winning Koppenbergcross at the start of November, and he was again the bridesmaid at the Zonhoven World Cup, a day later. And though he won Jaarmarktcross in Niel, Belgium, he hasn’t reached the podium since then, struggling with a string of disappointing finishes at Koksijde, Spa-Francorchamps, Milton Keynes, and most recently, Sunday’s slippery race in Overijse.
“We will figure out what the problem is,” Verstraeten said to Sporza. “There will be blood analyses and he must go to the osteopath. Everything must be thoroughly checked.”