The Elite Men on the stairs  © Bart Hazen

The Elite Men on the stairs at Ruddervoorde © Bart Hazen

This weekend, the Superprestige series continues with its third round of the season at Hamme-Zogge. Last weekend, at Superprestige Zonhoven, Sven Nys continued his winning ways in the series, proving his legs the stronger as he outgunned reigning world champion Niels Albert in the final turns before the line. The win ensured that Nys will be entering this weekend undefeated in the Superprestige series. In the points race, Nys has 30 to Albert’s 28, all but ensuring that the two will be battling shoulder to shoulder this weekend. Not to be forgotten is Kevin Pauwels, who managed to fight back from an unfortunate crash in Zonhoven to take fourth place, and has 25 points.

In fact, it was Kevin Pauwels who pipped Nys in last year’s race at Hamme-Zogge. Though the win went to Zdenek Stybar, Pauwels and Nys came to the line together, with Pauwels having the last drops in the after-burner to cross the line first.

In the women’s field, the series is far more open, with Sanne Cant looking best positioned after her win at Zonhoven and third place finish at Ruddervoorde, and both Nikki Harris and Sophie de Boer, who came in ahead of Cant at Ruddervoorde, not racing last weekend.

Sanne Cant has proved most consistent so far © Bart Hazen

Sanne Cant has proved most consistent so far © Bart Hazen

Racers looking to try their hand at C2 races have the fourth round of the Toi Toi Cup in the Czech Republic, the Fidea Jaarmarktcross Niel in Belgium, and the Entega City Cross Cup in Germany.