Cyclocross

Wellens goes four for five in Superprestige

Bart Wellens won the latest round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series on Christmas Day in Diegem, Belgium. It was his fourth win in five outings, and his 16th victory this season. In the early going, a lead group formed containing Wellens, Mario De Clercq, Sven Nijs, Tom Vannoppen and Erwin Vervecken. During a tactical game of “Who’ll take the lead?”, Wellens kept a low profile, but in the fifth lap he went for it, accelerating through a turn. Only De Clercq was able to keep up, but soon even he fell off the pace, eventually finishing second. Vervecken crossed third. American champion

By Marcel Van Hoecke, Special to VeloNews

Wellens claimed his fourth Superprestige race of the season

Wellens claimed his fourth Superprestige race of the season

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

Bart Wellens won the latest round of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series on Christmas Day in Diegem, Belgium. It was his fourth win in five outings, and his 16th victory this season.

Vervecken found himself settling for the lowest step on the podium ...

Vervecken found himself settling for the lowest step on the podium …

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

In the early going, a lead group formed containing Wellens, Mario De Clercq, Sven Nijs, Tom Vannoppen and Erwin Vervecken. During a tactical game of “Who’ll take the lead?”, Wellens kept a low profile, but in the fifth lap he went for it, accelerating through a turn. Only De Clercq was able to keep up, but soon even he fell off the pace, eventually finishing second. Vervecken crossed third.

American champion Jonathan Page finished 21st.

Vannoppen was right behind Nijs in fifth

Vannoppen was right behind Nijs in fifth

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

Superprestige results
1. Bart Wellens
2. Mario De Clercq
3. Erwin Vervecken
4. Sven Nijs
5. Tom Vannoppen
6. Ben Berden
7. Peter Van Santvliet
8. Davy Commeyne
9. Sven Vanthourenhout
10. Jan Verstraeten
11. Darius Gil
12. Christian Heule
13. Camiel Van den Bergh
14. Arne Daelmans
15. Bjorn Rondelez
16. Maxim Lefebvre
17. Maarten Nijland
18. Wilant Van Gils
19. Vaclav Jezek
20. Wim Jacobs
21. Jonathan Page
22. Tim Pauwels
23. Tadeus Korzeniewski
24. Patrick Schurmans
25. Tommy Nielsen
26. Andy Jacques-Maynes
27. Richard Groenendaal
28. Jean Baptiste Beraud
29. Marek Cichosz
30. Isaac Suarez
31. Shaun Snodden
32. Eric Tonkin
33. Jackson Stewart
34. Keiichi Tsujiura
35. Carsten Schafter
36. Pavel Curpikoswski
37. Shinia Ikemoto

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