Lars Boom Nips Nys in Nommay – Full Report and Results

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overijse-hazen-Boom1.jpg World Champ Lars Boom and Sven Nys battled til the end in Nommay and settled the hour-long fight with a two-man sprint with Boom taking the win. Bart Wellens came in third, 22 seconds back. Three Americans (Ryan Trebon, Jamey Driscoll, and Molly Cameron) and three Canadians (St John, Schooler, Sutton) made the start, with Trebon (Kona) being the top finisher in 33rd. American Jonathan Page remained in the states after the national championships.

World Cup Cyclocross #6 – Nommay

by Bart Hazen of The Daily Peloton

The sixth round of the World Cup took place in Nommay, France on Sunday December 21. After an exciting race it was World Champion Lars Boom who nips Nys in the sprint. Bart Wellens finished third. With his second place Nys increases his lead in the World Cup ranking on his closest competitors Wellens and Pauwels.

The course was very tough due to the overnight rain and some major climbs. In contrast with other races, Bart Wellens had a very good start and sat in second just behind the best starter of all, Lars Boom.

In the beginning of the race Sunweb-Projob rider Sven Vanthourenhout rode strongly and remained in the lead for much of the early laps. After three laps of nine. seven riders were in front with Sven Vanthourenhout (Sunweb), Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Erwin Vervecken (Fidea), Gerben de Knegt (Rabobank), Kevin Pauwels (Fidea) and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb).

Bart Wellens, who had a good start, was originally not part of this break but one lap later, he bridged across to the break, bringing French champion Francis Mourey and a resurgent Richard Groenendaal along for a ride. The 37-year-old Dutch rider will end his career at the end of the season and has his own farewell race in his town St. Michielsgestel on January 4, 2009.

Halfway through the Francis Mourey attacked the break and was followed by Lars Boom but they couldn’t get away. At the end of the lap the World Champion once again attacked and now Bart Wellens joined the Dutch all-rounder.

With three laps to go Boom and Wellens were joined by Mourey and the three had a lead of 7 seconds on a chasing group led by Nys. With a strong sprint Nys bridged up to the break and almost immediately attacked. The only one able to follow the Belgian Champion and leader of all the Regularity classifications was of course World Champion Lars Boom.

The two worked well together and with two laps to go they had already ten seconds on six chasers Groenendaal, Vanthourenhout, Pauwels, Vervecken, Mourey and Wellens. In the same lap the gap was almost halved due to a strong effort of Wellens. Wellens went on, got rid of the others, and turning into the final lap the Belgian was six seconds behind on Boom and Nys.

In the final lap Wellens almost bridged up to the two in front but the two champions in front didn’t allow him to connect. In the sprint Lars Boom was the strongest and the Dutchman took his second World Cup win of the season after his win in Pijnacker in early November.

The next World Cup race will take place in Zolder (Belgium) on Friday December 26.

Last lap highlights on our video site.

Full Results:

PlaceRiderCountryTimePts
1BOOM LarsNED1:03:3080
2NYS SvenBEL+00:0070
3WELLENS BartBEL+00:2265
4GROENENDAAL RichardNED+00:2660
5VANTHOURENHOUT SvenBEL+00:3155
6PAUWELS KevinBEL+00:3350
7VERVECKEN ErwinBEL+00:3648
8MOUREY FrancisFRA+00:5346
9DE KNEGT GerbenNED+01:1044
10VANTORNOUT KlaasBEL+01:2542
11SIMUNEK RadomirCZE+01:2940
12AERNOUTS BartBEL+01:3139
13FONTANA Marco AurelioITA+01:4938
14FRANZOI EnricoITA+01:4937
15AL ThijsNED+02:2236
16VANTHOURENHOUT DieterBEL+02:2735
17STYBAR ZdenekCZE+02:3234
18HEULE ChristianSUI+02:4333
19DLASK PetrCZE+02:5432
20DUVAL AurelienFRA+02:5831
21BAZIN NicolasFRA+03:2330
22VAN GILS WilantNED+03:3029
23CHAINEL SteveFRA+03:4528
24PEETERS RobBEL+04:0527
25AUSBUHER KamilCZE+04:0626
26BIANCO MarcoITA+04:0825
27BELGY JulienFRA+04:3224
28ZAHNER SimonSUI+04:4223
29MURGOITIO REKALDE EgoitzESP+04:4322
30COLOMBATTO LaurentFRA+04:4821
31VISINELLI RafaelITA+05:1820
32LOPEZ JonathanFRA+05:2019
33TREBON RyanUSA+05:5218
34BINA MartinCZE+05:5717
35VAN IJZENDOORN EddyNED+06:1116
36VAN LEEUWEN PatrickNED+06:2615
37BIRKENFELD RenéGER+06:3714
38LANG PirminSUI+06:4313
39GUJAN MartinSUI+06:5912
40VAN AMERONGEN ThijsNED+07:1911
41URSI FabioITA+07:2510
42KASEK DavidCZE+07:469
43PARBO JoachimDEN+08:158
44DAMIANI LucaITA+08:287
45BAUSCH GustyLUX-1LAP6
46WILDHABER MarcelSUI-1LAP5
47PION JulienFRA-1LAP4
48MOSER AndreasSUI-1LAP3
49DRISCOLL JamesUSA-1LAP2
50ST JOHN DerrickCAN-2LAP1
51METLICKA VaclavSVK-2LAP0
52SCHOOLER AaronCAN-2LAP0
53JUAREZ ALDAY DavidESP-2LAP0
54LOZANO RIBA DavidESP-3LAP0
55CAMERON MollyUSA-3LAP0
56GONZALEZ FONTAN MauroESP-3LAP0
57URIARTE OKAMIKA ErlantzESP-3LAP0
58SUTTON AndreCAN-5LAP0
WAGNER SaschaGERDNF0
ZLAMALIK MartinCZEDNF0
GAMBINO AlessandroITADNF0
BOGGIA StefanoITADNF0
SICKMUELLER JohannesGERDNF0
GIL MariuszPOLDNF0
PRESSLAUER PeterAUTDNF0

 

 

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