By Andrew Hood
Beglian Sven Nys (Rabobank) won the first round of the Super Prestige cyclo-cross series in Ruddervoorde, Belgian on Sunday. Nys controlled the race from the start and held off biggest rivals, including Richard Groenendaal and Erwin Vevecken, to score the win.
1. Sven Nys (B), Rabobank, 57 minutes, 30 seconds
2. Richard Groenendaal (Ned) at 0:20
3. Erwin Vervecken (B) at 1:03
4. Sven Venthourenhout (B) at 1:03
5. Tom Vannoppen (B) at 1:03
6. Danny Wellens (B) at 1:05
7. Gerben de Knegt (B) at 1:23
8. Peter van Santviliet (B) at 1:27
9. Ben Barden (B) at 1:27
10: Mario de Clercq (B) at 1:37Standings after one round: 1. Sven Nys, 30 points
2. Richard Groenendaal, 25
3. Erwin Vervecken, 21
4. Sven Venthourenhout, 18
5. Tom Vannoppen, 16.
Rich win Herbiers time trial
Less than two weeks after losing the world time trial title to Colombian Santiago Botero by just seconds, German strongman Michael Rich wins the final major time trial race of the season Sunday at the French Herbiers time trial race.
Rich held off up-and-coming Fabian Cancellara, 21, by just 9 seconds to take the title. Belgian Bert Roesems (Collstop-Palmans) was third at 29 seconds slower on the 48.1-km course. Swiss rider Jean Nuttli, who will be making an attempt at the world hour record next month, finished 1:21 slower.
1. Michael Rich (G), Gerolsteiner, 48,1 km in 59’45” (48.3 kph)
2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Mapei-Quick Step, at 9 seconds
3. Bert Roesems (B),Collstrop-Palmans, at 0:29
4. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun), Mapei-Quick Step, at 0:46
5. Michael Rogers (Aus), Mapei-Quick Step, at 0:57
6. Jean Nüttli (Swi), Oktos-Saint-Quentin, at 1:21
7. Yuriy Krivstov (Ukr), Jean Delatour, at 1:58
8. Jens Voigt (G), Crédit Agricole, at 2:01
9. Evgueni Petrov (Rus), Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs, at 2:05
10. Filippo Pozzato (I), Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs, at 2:38
Austrian espoirs racer Bernard Eisel has decided to accept an offer from Fdjeux.com for the 2003 season. Eisel, 21, raced this year on the Mapei-Quick Step espoirs program where he posted solid results, winning the Solar-Radlclassic-Gleisdorf in Austria and finishing second at Paris-Corrèze behind Australian Baden Cooke.
The Italian teams De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa and Colpack have announced they will join together to create one team for the 2003 season.
The continuing saga of Aitor Gonzalez seems to be coming to a head. After winning the 2002 Vuelta a Espana, Gonzalez was considering offers from six teams. Gonzalez says he will go to Italy on Wednesday to sign a two-year to join contract with Fassa Bortolo.