Cyclocross

Nijs starts new year with a win

How apropos – Sven Nijs won the GP Sven Nijs on New Year’s Day, and easily, too. His biggest competitor, world champion Bart Wellens, who was five for five in the seven-race Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee series going into today’s race in Baal-Tremelo, in Belgium, was no threat in the snowy weather. Nijs took off very fast from the gun, leaving the pursuing peloton behind after the first lap. Wellens had chosen the wrong tires for the conditions – but even with the right rubber, he could not compete with the flying Nijs. Wellens and Ben Berden refused to abandon the chase, but Nijs had the

By Marcel Van Hoecke, Special to VeloNews

Who else could win the GP Sven Nijs?

Who else could win the GP Sven Nijs?

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

How apropos – Sven Nijs won the GP Sven Nijs on New Year’s Day, and easily, too.

His biggest competitor, world champion Bart Wellens, who was five for five in the seven-race Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee series going into today’s race in Baal-Tremelo, in Belgium, was no threat in the snowy weather.

Nijs took off very fast from the gun, leaving the pursuing peloton behind after the first lap. Wellens had chosen the wrong tires for the conditions – but even with the right rubber, he could not compete with the flying Nijs.

Wellens and Ben Berden refused to abandon the chase, but Nijs had the race completely under control and kept a big enough gap to win, with Berden second and Tom Vannoppen third. Wellens fell back to fifth, but seems certain to win the overall series with one race remaining.

Results
1. Sven Nijs
2. Ben Berden
3. Tom Vannoppen
4. Peter Van Santvliet
5. Bart Wellens
6. Erwin Vervecken
7. Christian Heule
8. Sven Vanthourenhout
9. Davy Commeyne
10. Maxime Lefebvre
11. Richard Groenendaal
12. Jan Verstraeten
13. Arne Daelmans
14. Vaclav Jezek
15. Bart Aernouts
16. Tim Van Nuffel
17. Wim Jacobs
18. Radomir Simunek
19. Kevin Pauwels
20. Sébastien Minard
21. Jan Soetens
22. Wesley Vander Linden
23. Frantisek Kloucek
24. Eddy Van Bouwel
25. Mike Thielemans