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Vannoppen takes Superprestige in Holland

Tom Vannoppen took Sunday’s round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross seriesin St-Michielsgestel, the Netherlands, out-sprinting Sven Nys in the closingmeters of the race. World champion Bart Wellens, while performing better than earlier thisseason, was still not able to stay with the two leaders at the decidingmoment of the race. Belgian Bart Aernouts began the day’s action with an early attack, ashe gained a few seconds on the field before Nys and Vannoppen charged afterhim and counterattacked. Dutchman Richard Groenendaal and Belgian SvenVanthourenhout gave chase, but the two leaders held

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By Marcel Van Hoecke

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Tom Vannoppen took Sunday’s round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross seriesin St-Michielsgestel, the Netherlands, out-sprinting Sven Nys in the closingmeters of the race.

World champion Bart Wellens, while performing better than earlier thisseason, was still not able to stay with the two leaders at the decidingmoment of the race.

Belgian Bart Aernouts began the day’s action with an early attack, ashe gained a few seconds on the field before Nys and Vannoppen charged afterhim and counterattacked. Dutchman Richard Groenendaal and Belgian SvenVanthourenhout gave chase, but the two leaders held their advantage tothe finish.

Vannoppen said Sunday that he knew he was going to winin St-Michielsgestel.

“I told my training partner earlier this week that I was going to winhere,” he said. “My legs were superb, but then again, if Sven Nys joinsyou to the finish, you know it’s going to be hard. I even took the leadseveral times and when Nys took off, I knew I had to join.

Vannoppen said he is “not too worried” about Monday’s race on the famedKoppenberg.

Nys just couldn't shake the guy

Nys just couldn’t shake the guy

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

“I’m a lot stronger than I was there last year,” he said, “and all ofmy favorite courses are still ahead.”

Despite his second place finish, Nys continues to lead the overall standingsin the Superprestige series.

“I can live with my second place today” he said. “I’ve gained more inthe rankings and each point counts.”

Nys was clearly in good condition Sunday, but simply could not shedhimself of Vannoppen when it counted.

“This course isn’t really hard enough,” Nys said. “That’s why I am excitedfor the Koppenberg. Vanoppen had some difficulties with the speed, here but I could not getaway.”

Elite
1 Tom Vannoppen (Bel)
2 Sven Nys (Bel)
3 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel)
4 Richard Groenendaal (Ned)
5 Ben Berden (Bel)
6 Erwin Vervecken (Bel)
7 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel)
8 Bart Wellens (Bel)
9 Martin Nijland (Ned)
10 Bart Aernouts (Bel)
11 Wilant van Gils (Ned)
12 Dariusz Gil (Pol)
13 Camiel van den Bergh (Ned)
14 Václav Jezek (Cze)
15 Jonathan Page (USA)
16 Petr Dlask (Cze)
17 Martin Zlámalík (Cze)
18 Wim Jacobs (Bel)
19 Isaac Suarez-Fernandez
20 Peter Van Santvliet (Bel)
21 Tadeusz Korzenieuwski (Pol)
22 Wilfred Veldkamp (Ned)
23 Micha De Vries (Ned)
24 Roel Van Houtum (Ned)
25 Erik Verrijt (Ned)

Jeremy Powers

Jeremy Powers

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U-23
1 Radomir Jr Simunek (Cze)
2 Niels Albert (Bel)
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze)
4 Mariusz Gil (Pol)
5 Rob Peeters (Bel)
6 Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned)
7 Lars Boom (Ned)
8 Kevin Pauwels (Bel)
9 Bart Dirkx (Ned)
10 Geert Wellens (Bel)
11 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel)
12 Jeremy Powers (USA)
13 Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel)
14 Stijn Penne (Bel)
15 Mike Thielemans (Bel)
16 Krystof Kuzniak (Pol)
17 Jempi Drucker (Lux)
18 Guus Magielse (Ned)
19 Nick Sels (Bel)
20 Bart Verschueren (Bel)

Women
1 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned)
2 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned)
3 Anja Nobus (Bel)
4 Loes Sels (Bel)
5 Corine Dorland (Ned)
6 Arenda Grimberg (Ned)
7 Danielle Jansen (Ned)
8 Britt Jochems (Ned)
9 Joyce Anderbeken (Bel)
10 Linda Dirkx (Ned)
11 Anouk Kesseleer-Haarsma (Ned)
12 Sanne Cant (Bel)
13 Abke Francissen (Ned)
14 Linda Van Rijen (Ned)
15 Nicole De Bie-Leijten (Ned)
16 Roxane Knetemann (Ned)
17 Kelly Van Eycken (Bel)
18 Eefje Ottevanger (Ned)
19 Nekane Lasa-Agirre (Spa)
20 Imke Hartogs (Ned)

Juniors
1 Jan Van Dael (Bel)
2 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned)
3 Tom Meeusen (Bel)
4 Kevin Cant (Bel)
5 Gianni Denolf (Bel)
6 Jan Mikkers (Ned)
7 Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned)
8 Willem Schwaner (Ned)
9 Mark Broks (Ned)
10 Koen Van Grootel (Ned)
11 Bart Senders (Ned)
12 Patrick Vliegen (Ned)
13 Robert Malyszek (Pol)
14 Remco Broers (Ned)
15 Christopher Janssens (Ned)
16 Savié Van Horik (Ned)
17 Matthias Onghena (Bel)
18 Dennis Vanenderd (Bel)
19 Marcin Sobiepanek (Pol)

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