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Nijs takes World Cup win in France

Rabobank’s Sven Nijs led a five-up Belgian sweep at the ninth round of the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup in Nommay, France, on Sunday. Nijs, the current Belgian national champion, World Cup leader and a favorite to take the title of world champion in Germany at the end of the month, earned his 19th major win of the season, escaping from an elite group of leaders that included second-place finisher Tom Vannoppen, third-placed Sven Vanthourenhout, Erwin Vervecken and Davy Commeyne, who rounded out the top-five. Reigning world champion, Bart Wellens, who has never quite found his form this season,

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By VeloNews Interactive

Rabobank’s Sven Nijs led a five-up Belgian sweep at the ninth round of the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup in Nommay, France, on Sunday.

Nijs, the current Belgian national champion, World Cup leader and a favorite to take the title of world champion in Germany at the end of the month, earned his 19th major win of the season, escaping from an elite group of leaders that included second-place finisher Tom Vannoppen, third-placed Sven Vanthourenhout, Erwin Vervecken and Davy Commeyne, who rounded out the top-five.

Reigning world champion, Bart Wellens, who has never quite found his form this season, withdrew from the race after the second lap. Wellens who had expressed hope of coming into form in time for world’s is still having trouble.

Nijs was reluctant to declare himself a favorite for the world title, but conceded that he was “aware that I stand a pretty good chance this year.”

Nijs has one more round of the World Cup – next week in Hoogerheide, in the Netherlands, before he can lay claim to the overall series title. A week later, the world championships are slated for the Black Forest resort of St. Wendel, Germany.

In the women’s race on Sunday, two-time world champion, Hanka Kupfernagel won the Netherlands’ Daphny van den Brand.

Results
Men

1. Sven Nys (B), in 1:03:40.
2. Tom Vannoppen (B), at 0:29.
3. Sven Vanthourenhout (B), at 0:36.
4. Erwin Vervecken (B), at 0:43.
5. Davy Commeyne (B), at 0:44.
6. Christian Heule (Swi), at 0:48.
7. Enrico Franzoi (I), at 0:58.
8. John Gadret (F), at 1:01.
9. Wilant van Gils (Nl), at 1:12.
10. Jiri Pospisil (Cz), at 1:22. Women
1. Hanka Kupfernagel (G), in 40:40.
2. Daphny van den Brand (Nl), at 0:15.
3. Maryline Salvetat (F), at 0:30.
4. Mirjam Melchers (Nl), at 1:13.
5. Laurence Leboucher (F), at 1:42.