After a bit of cat and mouse, Sven Nys climbed to the top of the first post-World Championships podium at the Augustijn Parkcross in Maldegem, Belgium. Halfway through the race, things had already sorted out as a handful of riders off the front would claim the top five and a few more positions by the end of the race. As the end neared, each of the riders made attempts to shake the others, but the top five remained together until a burst by Nys took the final sprint.

While it was likely little consolation for his second at the World Championships, the win gave Nys his 12th victory of the season. The race may have, however, provided some vindication to the second place rider, Sven Vanthourenhout. In placing ahead of all the Belgians in the race other than Nys, Vanthourenhout demonstrated that, perhaps, he should have been given a little more consideration before being left off the Belgian Worlds team.

Nys Atop UCI Rankings

Sven Nys may not have climbed to the top step in St Wendel, but he has been riding strongly and consistently, as is expected of the Belgian star. That steady performance, combined with his dozen or so wins and numerous other podiums, have placed Nys at the top of the current UCI leaderboard, a nice place to be this close to the end of the season. With only a handful of GvAs, Superprestiges and other smaller races left, it’s a good bet that Nys will add that accolade to his palmares in a few weeks.

As for the Americans, there are a few bright spots. Four actually. Jeremy Powers and Tim Johnson are both sitting in the Top 20, while Jamey Driscoll and Jonathan Page are only a few riders back. Normally we might Page to continue to be in the mix if European races after Worlds, but given news that he and his wife welcomed their third child the day after the race in St Wendel, we’re not surprised that he’s taking a well-deserved break.

Augustijn Parkcross Results

RankNameNat.Age*
1Sven NYSBEL35
2Sven VANTHOURENHOUTBEL30
3Klaas VANTORNOUTBEL29
4Niels ALBERTBEL25
5Zdenek STYBARCZE26
6Kevin PAUWELSBEL27
7Bart WELLENSBEL33
8Jan DENUWELAEREBEL23
9Rob PEETERSBEL26
10Mariusz GILPOL28
11Philipp WALSLEBENGER24
12Bart AERNOUTSBEL29
13Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL23
14Stijn HUYSBEL25
15Patrick GAUDYBEL34
16Kendric VAN GREMBERGENBEL26
17Sven BEELENBEL21
18Jiri POLNICKYCZE22
19Patrick BASSEZBEL34
20Xandro MEURISSEBEL19
21Bert DE WISPELAEREBEL29
22Steven DE DECKERBEL29
23Bart HOFMANBEL26
24Tim VAN NUFFELBEL30
25Gianni DENOLFBEL24
26Floris DE TIERBEL19
27Ritchie DENOLFBEL20
28Valentijn VAN DE VELDEBEL20
29Kevin NEIRYNCKBEL20
30Jean-Baptiste TALEUXFRA21

UCI Rankings

RankNameNationAge*Points
1 (2)Sven NYSBelgium352,040
2 (1)Niels ALBERTBelgium251,951
3 (3)Kevin PAUWELSBelgium271,855
4 (4)Zdenek STYBARCzech Republic261,710
5 (5)Francis MOUREYFrance311,394
6 (7)Klaas VANTORNOUTBelgium291,189
7 (6)Bart AERNOUTSBelgium291,175
8 (8)Bart WELLENSBelgium331,023
9 (11)Philipp WALSLEBENGermany24983
10 (10)Christian HEULESwitzerland36936
11 (9)Gerben DE KNEGTNetherlands36928
12 (13)Tom MEEUSENBelgium23856
13 (17)Lars VAN DER HAARNetherlands20831
14 (12)Steve CHAINELFrance28813
15 (16)Jeremy POWERSUnited States28760
16 (14)Dieter VANTHOURENHOUTBelgium26674
17 (15)Timothy JOHNSONUnited States34662
18 (18)Rob PEETERSBelgium26604
19 (19)Nicolas BAZINFrance28597
20 (21)Marcel WILDHABERSwitzerland26577
21 (25)Matthieu BOULOFrance22559
22 (23)Mariusz GILPoland28551
23 (22)Christoph PFINGSTENGermany24547
24 (20)James DRISCOLLUnited States25538
25 (37)Jonathan PAGEUnited States35520