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Nijs takes Belgian ‘cross title; Groenendaal repeats in the Netherlands

Rabobank’s Sven Nijs has captured one of the cyclo-cross world’s most regardedtitles – that of Belgian national champion – for the third time in hiscareer on Sunday. Nijs dominated Sunday’s championship, finishing nearly a minute aheadTom Vannoppen and Ben Berden on the course in Wachtebeke. Defending nationalchampion, Bart Wellens, finished fourth at 1:21. The national title is the most significant in a discipline dominatedby Belgians on the world scene. Belgians consistently sweep the podiumat the world championships – even taking the top five spots at the world’sin Monopoli, Italy in

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Nijs makes his move and that's it.

Nijs makes his move and that’s it.

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

Rabobank’s Sven Nijs has captured one of the cyclo-cross world’s most regardedtitles – that of Belgian national champion – for the third time in hiscareer on Sunday.

Nijs dominated Sunday’s championship, finishing nearly a minute aheadTom Vannoppen and Ben Berden on the course in Wachtebeke. Defending nationalchampion, Bart Wellens, finished fourth at 1:21.

The national title is the most significant in a discipline dominatedby Belgians on the world scene. Belgians consistently sweep the podiumat the world championships – even taking the top five spots at the world’sin Monopoli, Italy in 2003.

Nijs appears to be well on his way to repeating the triple-crown feataccomplished last year by Wellens, who not only took the Belgian nationaltitle, but also the overall World Cup title and the world championship.Nijs currently enjoys a solid lead in the World Cup standings and is afavorite going into the world’s in St. Wendel, Germany, at the end of themonth.

Sunday’s race in Wachtebeke was a muddy affair, with Wellens takingthe early initiative, attacking out of the first turn. The defending championwas soon caught by a group of five: Nijs, Vannoppen, Berden, Sven Vanthourenhout and Bart Aernouts.

Coming into the final lap, Nijs attacked, creating a large gap thathis pursuers never were able to close. Soloing in for his 18th win of theseason, Nijs enjoyed what he called his “most beautiful national titleever.” Nijs took national titles in 2000 and 2003 as well.Veerle Ingels took the women’s event, finishing more than a minute aheadof Anja Nobus.

Wellens: Can't celebrate 4th place when wearing this jersey

Wellens: Can’t celebrate 4th place when wearing this jersey

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

Men
1. Sven Nijs, in 1:00:36
2. Tom Vannoppen, at 0:50
3. Ben Berden, at 0:58
4. Bart Wellens, at 1:21
5. Sven Vanthourenhout, at 1:26
6. Wim Jacobs, at 2:14
7. Bart Aernouts, at 2:31
8. David Willemsens, at 2:50
9. Tim Van Nuffel, at 3:00
10. Davy Commeyne, at 3:10
 
Women
1. Veerle Ingels in 38:50
2. Anja Nobus, at 1:09
3. Loes Sels, at 1:30

Groenendaal tops in Holland
Richard Groenendaal won his seventh Dutch national cyclo-cross title on Sunday, finishing just two seconds ahead of Wilant van Gils in the championship race in Zeedam.

Men
1. Richard Groenendaal in 57:43
2. Wilant van Gils, at 0:02
3. Maarten Nijland, at 0:53Women
1. Daphny Van den Brand in 42:59
2. Marianne Vos, at 0:29
3. Mirjam Melchers, at 0:37
Franzoi tops in Italy
Enrico Franzoi won the Italian national cyclo-cross championship on Saturday.The 22-year-old finished more than a minute ahead of runner-up MarcoBianco on the course in Rovato, near Brescia in northern Italy. Third-placedDerik Zampedri claimed the U-23 title.In women’s racing, Annabella Stropparo took the elite championship in43:52, with Vania Rossi winning the U-23’s in 47:40.Italian national cyclo-cross championships
Rovato, Italy. January 8
1. Enrico Franzoi, 1:01:49
2. Marco Bianco at 1:18
3. Derik Zampedri 1:47

Kupfernagel wins German title
Hanka Kupfernagel won the women’s national cyclo-cross championship in Kleinmachnow, Germany, on Saturday.The 30-year-old Kupfernagel beat runner-up Sabine Spitz, the bronze medalist in the women’s mountain-bike race at the 2004 Olympic Games, who is racing her first season of cyclo-cross. Third place went to Nicole Kampeter.German national cyclo-cross championships
Kleinmachnow, Germany. January 8
Women
1. Hanka Kupfernagel
2. Sabine Spitz
3. Nicole Kampeter

Men Sunday
1. Jens Schwedler, 27 km in 58:05
2. Johannes Sickmueller, at 1:06.
3. Reto Matt, at 1:24.


Other national championship resultsCzech Republic (Prague)
Men
 1. Zdenek Stybar 1:01:12
 2. Martin Bina, at 0:01
 3. Radomir Simunek Jr., at 0:02Czech world’s team selection
Elite: Petr Dlask, Vaclav Jezek, Martin Zlamalik, Kamil Ausbuher,Zdenek Mlynar, Ondrej Lukes, Jiri Pospisil
U-23: Zdenek Stybar, Martin Bina, Radomir Simunek, FrantisekKloucek
Juniors: Ondrej Bambula, Ondrej Zelinka, Lukas Kloucek, DavidMenger, Martin Nemecek, Jiri Hajek
Women: Barbora Bohata, Katerina Bohata

Slovakia (Bratislava)
Men
1. Milan Barenyi 1:00:40
2. Vaclav Metlicka, at 0:52
3. Robert Glajza, at 2:10Slovak world’s team selection:
Elite: Milan Barenyi, Vaclav Metlicka, Maros Kovac, Robert Glajza
Juniors: Robert Gavenda, Robert Bachraty, Dusan HajduchFrance (Lievin)
Men
1. Francis Mourey, 26km in 57:38
2. John Gadret, s.t.
3. Arnaud Labbe, at 0:02
4. Jerome Chevallier, at 0:03
5. Christophe Herisset, at 0:17
6. David Derepas, at 0:31
7. David Pagnier, at 0:39
8. Sebastien Minard, at 0:54
9. Laurent Colombatto, at 1:04
10. Cyrille Bonnand, at 1:18French  world’s team selection:
Elite Men:
Francis Mourey, John Gadret, David Derepas, Arnaud Labbe
Women:
Maryline Salvetat, Laurence Leboucher, Corinne Sempe, Nadia TriquetAlternate: Aline Parsy
U-23:
Romain Villa, Steve Chainel, Julien Belgy, Anthony Colas, Clement Lhotellerie
Juniors:
Jules Chabanon, Romain Lejeune, Geoffrey Lorrain, Guillaume Perrot,Yannick Martinez  Aleternate: Julien Berard

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