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Nijs and Kupfernagel take St. Wendel ‘cross

Sven Nijs and Hanka Kupfernagel both won the second round of the cyclo-cross World Cup series in St. Wendel, Germany on Sunday. Thriving in what can best be described as Belgian conditions; Nijs bettered a surprisingly strong Jiri Pospisil of the Czech Republic. "I was surprised by Pospisil but these conditions favor him," said Nijs, "What remains to be seen is if he can race like this on different types of courses." Nijs, racing in a continuous cold downpour and heavy mud was relieved of his strongest competitor when world champion Bart Wellens crashed in the midpoint of the race and was

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By Bruce Fina, Special to VeloNews

Sven Nijs and Hanka Kupfernagel both won the second round of the cyclo-cross World Cup series in St. Wendel, Germany on Sunday.

Thriving in what can best be described as Belgian conditions; Nijs bettered a surprisingly strong Jiri Pospisil of the Czech Republic.

“I was surprised by Pospisil but these conditions favor him,” said Nijs, “What remains to be seen is if he can race like this on different types of courses.”

Nijs, racing in a continuous cold downpour and heavy mud was relieved of his strongest competitor when world champion Bart Wellens crashed in the midpoint of the race and was forced to drop out.

“This was just like Tabor (in the Czech Republic) a couple of years ago,” Wellens said. “Too wet and cold. I was shivering so much I could not continue. I could not even hold the bars.”

American Jonathan Page was again the victim of a last half lap crash while racing in a large group of pursuers place. Page had continuously worked his way through the field from poor start position and was determined to have a good finish. He was able to just rejoin that group at the finish and placed a very respectable 16th.

“I tried to stay out of trouble, do my share of the work and be ready for the final lap.” said Page, who was comfortably racing in the group of eight riders, just slightly off of the leaders. “The battle on the last lap was a bit sketchy so I chose to hang behind and wait for the technical section where I could try to attack. Vanthourenhout went down in front of me so I bunny hopped his bike, but as he was getting up my bars hit him in the head. He broke my shifter and somehow bent my brakes.”

The women’s race was highlighted by the appearance of American Alison Dunlap who has decided to measure her form by making the trip from Colorado at mid-season.

Raced in a downpour and cold conditions, after two laps world champion Daphne Van de Brand dropped out and is said to have claimed that the course was simply too dangerous. Dunlap raced to a second place finish behind national hero Kupfernagel, who now leads the World Cup classification.

Dunlap was followed home by Marine Salvetat and Nadia Triquet of France with Victoria Wilkenson of Great Britain rounding out the top-five.

Notably absent from the top-five was the usually strong contingent of Dutch and Belgian riders.Men
1. Sven Nijs (B), 001:00
2. Jiri Pospisil (Cz)
3. Ben Berden (B)
4. John Gadret (F)
5. Francis Mourey (F)
6. Petr Dlask (Cz)
7. Christian Heule (Swi)
8. Martin Zlamalik (Cz)
9. Richard Groenendaal (Nl)
10. Vaclav Jezek (Cz)
11. Kamil Ausbuher (Cz)
12. Tom Vannoppen (B)
13. Michael Baumgartner (Swi)
14. Wilant Van Gils (Nl)
15. David Derepas (F)
16. Jonathan Page (USA)
17. Sven Vanthourenhout (B)
18. Gerben De Knegt (Nl)
19. Thomas Frischknecht (Swi)
20. David Seco Amundarain (Sp)
21. Simon Zahner (Swi)
22. Arnaud Labbe (F)
23. Erwin Vervecken (B)
24. Dariusz Gil (Pol)
25. Enrico Franzoi (I)
26. Vaclaf Metlicka (SVK)
27. Robert Glajza (SVK)
28. Klaas Vantornout (B)
29. Derik Zampedri (I)
30. Reto Matt (G)
31. Thorsten Struch (G)
32. Müller Michael (Swi)
33. Krzysztof Kuzniak (Pol)
34. Maros Kovac (SVK)
35. Geoffrey Clochez (F)
36. Maik Muller (G)
37. Alessandro Fontana (I)
38. Camiel Van Den Bergh (Nl)
39. David Rusch (Swi)
40. Radoslaw Czapla (Pol)
41. Ian Wilkinson (GB)
42. Marek Cichosz (Pol)
43. Kim Petersen (Dk)
44. David Collins (GB)
45. Milan Barenyi (SVK)
46. Schäffer Carsten (Dk)
47. Joachim Parbo (Dk)
48. Isaac Suarez Fernandez (Sp)
49. Marco Bianco (I)

Overall World Cup standings
(after 2 of 6 rounds)
1. Sven Nijs (B), 120 points
2. Ben Berden (B), 90
4. John Gadret (F), 64
5. Richard Groenendaal (Nl), 64
6. Christian Heule (Swi), 56
7. Jiri Pospisil (Cz), 50
8. Bart Wellens (B), 50
9. Petr Dlask (Cz), 50
10. Sven Vanthourenhout (B), 49Women
1. Hanka Kupfernagel (G), 35:46
2. Alison Dunlap (USA), at 0:23
3. Maryline Salvetat (F), at 0:36
4. Nadia Triquet (F)
5. Victoria Wilkinson (GB)
6. Marianne Vos (Nl)
7. Hormes-ravenstijn Reza (Nl)
8. Anja Nobus (B)
9. Birgit Hollmann (G)
10. Hilde Quintens (B)
11. Katrin Helmcke (G)
12. Laurence Leboucher (F)
13. Debby Mansveld (Nl)
14. Nicole Kampeter (G)
15. Barbora Bohata (Cz)
16. Corine Dorland (Nl)
17. Nadine Bruhn (Dk)
18. Francesca Cucciniello (I)
19. Katleen Vermeiren (B)
20. Vania Rossi (I)
21. Suzie Godart (Lux)
22. Klara Nepustilova (Cz)
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