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Wellens takes Superprestige in Gavere

Bart Wellens easily took the third round of cyclo-cross’s Superprestigeseries in Gavere, Belgium, on Sunday.Wellens powered to a substantial lead, finishing nearly three minutes ahead of fellow Belgians Erwin Vervecken and Sven Nijs.The reigning world champion took control of the race within the first few meters after the start and never looked back, building his final winning margin over Vervecken to 2:50.Wellens’s win is his second of the series thus far, after he won the opener in Ruddervoorde and then lost to Nijs in round 2 at Sint-Michielsgestel in the Netherlands.Superprestige Round 3,

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By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2003

Wellens went from the gun.

Wellens went from the gun.

Photo: Marcel Van Hoecke

Bart Wellens easily took the third round of cyclo-cross’s Superprestigeseries in Gavere, Belgium, on Sunday.Wellens powered to a substantial lead, finishing nearly three minutes ahead of fellow Belgians Erwin Vervecken and Sven Nijs.The reigning world champion took control of the race within the first few meters after the start and never looked back, building his final winning margin over Vervecken to 2:50.Wellens’s win is his second of the series thus far, after he won the opener in Ruddervoorde and then lost to Nijs in round 2 at Sint-Michielsgestel in the Netherlands.Superprestige Round 3, Gavere, Belgium – November 23, 2003
1. Bart Wellens (B), in 1:00:28.
2. Erwin Vervecken(B), at 2:50
3. Sven Nijs (B), at 2:52
4. Ben Berden (B), at 3:15
5. Richard Groenendaal (Nl), at 3:35

Overall standings – Superprestige
(after 3 of 8 rounds)
1. Bart Wellens (B), 85 pts
2. Sven Nijs (B), 76
3. Sven Vanthourenhout (B), 56
4. Ben Berden (B), 52
5. Richard Groenendaal (Nl), 45

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