Wellens Nips Nys in First Race Back on Belgian Soil – Maldegem, Belgium

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Bart Wellens, shown here at the 2013 Worlds, continued his impressive form with a win ahead of newly crowned World Champion Sven Nys © Meg McMahon

Bart Wellens, shown here at the 2013 Worlds, continued his impressive form with a win ahead of newly crowned World Champion Sven Nys © Meg McMahon

MALDEGEM, BELGIUM – There was no rest for the European pros after their stateside trip to compete in – and win – the 2013 World Cyclocross Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier today, all the big names lined up to compete in the Augustijn Parkcross Maldegem, a C2 race in Belgium where the fans came out to watch their newly crowned World Champion duke it out with Bart Wellens, only to come inches shy of the win as Wellens narrowly held Nys off in a closing sprint. This was Wellens’ first win of the season. Niels Albert followed 25-seconds later, well ahead of Kevin Pauwels and Jim Aernouts to round out the top five. American Jonathan Page started the race, but did not finish.

Wellens, who had one of the most consistent lap times of the Elite men at Louisville, finishing fourth, was clearly on a mission to prove he is back in top form and stormed across the course with only Nys able to keep pace. Albert had a tough start, but found his lines in time to move onto the podium.

“This was an old-fashioned duel with Sven,” said Wellens, via Sporza. “The jetlag was playing tricks on me and I could not feel that my condition in recent weeks is clearly on an upward curve.”

“Today I did not have my full strength,” he continued. “I raced tactically and that paid off. Am I in shape too late? There are three long and difficult weeks ahead, with lots of interesting racing. There is much to pick from.”

For his part, Nys was happy with second and was enjoying racing in the Rainbow jersey. “Although I’m still getting used to it. I searched the field looking for the rainbow jersey, which Albert drove for a year. But I’m very proud that I have this outfit for a year to carry. I worked in this ’cross on euphoria. I felt the legs and was still in a daze from my victory.”

This weekend, racing returns full bore as racers turn their attention to the penultimate races in two of the largest series in cyclocross: the Bpost Bank Trofee Krawatencross, in Lille on Saturday, and then the Superprestige Hoogstraten on Sunday. Check in this weekend for reports from both!

2013 Augustijn Parkcross Maldegem Elite Men Results

RankNameNat.Result
1Bart WELLENSBEL57:15:00
2Sven NYSBEL57:15:00
3Niels ALBERTBEL57:40:00
4Kevin PAUWELSBEL58:14:00
5Jim AERNOUTSBEL58:34:00
6Gianni VERMEERSCHBEL58:55:00
7Sven VANTHOURENHOUTBEL58:57:00
8Dieter VANTHOURENHOUTBEL59:53:00
9Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL59:57:00
10Joeri HOFMANBEL1:00:19
11Tim MERLIERBEL1:00:30
12Tom MEEUSENBEL1:00:37
13Wietse BOSMANSBEL1:00:39
14Mariusz GILPOL1:01:15
15Bart HOFMANBEL1:01:23
16Stef BODENBEL1:01:42
17Bart AERNOUTSBEL1:01:51
18Davy COMMEYNEBEL1:02:00
19Gianni DENOLFBEL1:02:03
20Kevin EECKHOUTBEL1:02:14
21Yorben VAN TICHELTBEL1:02:44
22Steven DE DECKERBEL1:03:06
23Jeffrey MELLEMANSBEL
24Sven BEELENBEL
25Antonin MARECAILLEFRA
DNFKlaas VANTORNOUTBEL
DNFMichael VANTHOURENHOUTBEL
DNFLaurens SWEECKBEL
DNFDiether SWEECKBEL
DNFHendrik SWEECKBEL
DNFJonathan PAGEUSA

 

 

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