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Kupfernagel wins ‘cross world’s tune-up

While Belgians Sven Nijs, Mario De Clercq and Erwin Vervecken tuned up for their anticipated world championships showdown, defending women's world cyclo-cross champion Hanka Kupfernagel showed that she'll be the one to beat at world's with a convincing win at the Grand Prix of Switzerland on Sunday. Kupfernagel finished 1:35 ahead of the Netherlands' Debby Mansveld and France's Laurence Leboucher. The U.S. team for world's has yet to arrive in Europe, but another American, Christine Vardaros, posted a top-10 finish in Wetzikon, finishing in eighth place, 3:28

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By VeloNews Interactive

While Belgians Sven Nijs, Mario De Clercq and Erwin Vervecken tuned up for their anticipated world championships showdown, defending women’s world cyclo-cross champion Hanka Kupfernagel showed that she’ll be the one to beat at world’s with a convincing win at the Grand Prix of Switzerland on Sunday. Kupfernagel finished 1:35 ahead of the Netherlands’ Debby Mansveld and France’s Laurence Leboucher.

The U.S. team for world’s has yet to arrive in Europe, but another American, Christine Vardaros, posted a top-10 finish in Wetzikon, finishing in eighth place, 3:28 behind.

Here are the final results.

1. Hanka Kupfernagel (G); 2. Debby Mansveld (Nl), at 1:35; 3. Laurence Leboucher (F), s.t.; 4. Birgit Hollmann (G), at 2:15; 5. Corine Dorland (Nl), at 2:52; 6. Maria Paola Torcutto (I), at 3:05; 7. Maryline Salvetat (F), at 3:19; 8. Christine Vardaros (USA), at 3:28; 9. Corinne Sempe (F), at 4:09; 10. 10. Nadia Triquet (F), at 4:43.