Cyclocross

Wellens racks up fifth win in Belgian series

World champion Bart Wellens is five for five in the seven-race Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee series after winning the Azencross on Tuesday in Loenhout, Belgium. Wellens attacked on the first lap, and only Sven Nijs could match his pace. It was a two-man race that finally was settled when Nijs went astray in the final corner, leaving the door wide open for Wellens to win his fifth straight race. Nijs hung on for second, followed by Ben Berden in third. American Jonathan Page crossed in 18th place. Results1. Bart Wellens2. Sven Nijs3. Ben Berden4. Erwin Vervecken5. Peter Van Santvliet6. Sven

By Marcel Van Hoecke, Special to VeloNews

Wellens was back on top Tuesday at the Azencross in Loenhout, Belgium

Wellens was back on top Tuesday at the Azencross in Loenhout, Belgium

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

World champion Bart Wellens is five for five in the seven-race Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee series after winning the Azencross on Tuesday in Loenhout, Belgium.

Berden, who won the last World Cup, settled for third

Berden, who won the last World Cup, settled for third

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

Wellens attacked on the first lap, and only Sven Nijs could match his pace. It was a two-man race that finally was settled when Nijs went astray in the final corner, leaving the door wide open for Wellens to win his fifth straight race.

Nijs hung on for second, followed by Ben Berden in third. American Jonathan Page crossed in 18th place.

Page, meanwhile, scored another top-20 finish

Page, meanwhile, scored another top-20 finish

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

Results
1. Bart Wellens
2. Sven Nijs
3. Ben Berden
4. Erwin Vervecken
5. Peter Van Santvliet
6. Sven Vanthourenhout
7. Maxime Lefèbvrev
8. Arne Daelmans
9. Thomas Frischknecht
10. Wilant van Gils
11. Tom Vannoppen
12. Davy Commeyne
13. Camiel van den Bergh
14. Vaclav Jezek
15. Roger Hammond
16. Christian Heule
17. Michael Baumgartner
18. Jonathan Page
19. Wim Jacobs
20. Maarten Nijland
21. Jan Verstraeten
22. Richard Groenendaal
23. Kamil Ausbuher
24. Tadeusz Korzeniewski
25. Björn Rondelez
26. David Rusch
27. Robert Glajza
28. Tim Van Nuffel
29. Marek Cichosz
30. David Collins
31. Vaclav Metlicka
32. Jiri Pospisil
33. Radoslav Czapla
34. Jody Crawforth

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