Nys Takes Post Worlds Win, Leads UCI Rankings

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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

Rank Name Nat. Age*
1 Sven NYS BEL 35
2 Sven VANTHOURENHOUT BEL 30
3 Klaas VANTORNOUT BEL 29
4 Niels ALBERT BEL 25
5 Zdenek STYBAR CZE 26
6 Kevin PAUWELS BEL 27
7 Bart WELLENS BEL 33
8 Jan DENUWELAERE BEL 23
9 Rob PEETERS BEL 26
10 Mariusz GIL POL 28
11 Philipp WALSLEBEN GER 24
12 Bart AERNOUTS BEL 29
13 Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE BEL 23
14 Stijn HUYS BEL 25
15 Patrick GAUDY BEL 34
16 Kendric VAN GREMBERGEN BEL 26
17 Sven BEELEN BEL 21
18 Jiri POLNICKY CZE 22
19 Patrick BASSEZ BEL 34
20 Xandro MEURISSE BEL 19
21 Bert DE WISPELAERE BEL 29
22 Steven DE DECKER BEL 29
23 Bart HOFMAN BEL 26
24 Tim VAN NUFFEL BEL 30
25 Gianni DENOLF BEL 24
26 Floris DE TIER BEL 19
27 Ritchie DENOLF BEL 20
28 Valentijn VAN DE VELDE BEL 20
29 Kevin NEIRYNCK BEL 20
30 Jean-Baptiste TALEUX FRA 21

UCI Rankings

Rank Name Nation Age* Points
1 (2) Sven NYS Belgium 35 2,040
2 (1) Niels ALBERT Belgium 25 1,951
3 (3) Kevin PAUWELS Belgium 27 1,855
4 (4) Zdenek STYBAR Czech Republic 26 1,710
5 (5) Francis MOUREY France 31 1,394
6 (7) Klaas VANTORNOUT Belgium 29 1,189
7 (6) Bart AERNOUTS Belgium 29 1,175
8 (8) Bart WELLENS Belgium 33 1,023
9 (11) Philipp WALSLEBEN Germany 24 983
10 (10) Christian HEULE Switzerland 36 936
11 (9) Gerben DE KNEGT Netherlands 36 928
12 (13) Tom MEEUSEN Belgium 23 856
13 (17) Lars VAN DER HAAR Netherlands 20 831
14 (12) Steve CHAINEL France 28 813
15 (16) Jeremy POWERS United States 28 760
16 (14) Dieter VANTHOURENHOUT Belgium 26 674
17 (15) Timothy JOHNSON United States 34 662
18 (18) Rob PEETERS Belgium 26 604
19 (19) Nicolas BAZIN France 28 597
20 (21) Marcel WILDHABER Switzerland 26 577
21 (25) Matthieu BOULO France 22 559
22 (23) Mariusz GIL Poland 28 551
23 (22) Christoph PFINGSTEN Germany 24 547
24 (20) James DRISCOLL United States 25 538
25 (37) Jonathan PAGE United States 35 520

 

 

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