Sven Nys Wins 2013 Superprestige Hoogstraten © Bart Hazen

Here, Sven at the 2013 Superprestige Hoogstraten © Bart Hazen

ZONNEBEKE, BELGIUM – Newly crowned 2014 Belgian National Cyclocross Champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) took the win at Kasteelcross Zonnebeke in commanding style.

Nys took control of the race from the start and managed to gain distance on the competition early on. By lap three, Nys had already managed a 30 second gap, which increased to one minute at its height, mid race.

With two to go, Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) made his move,  followed by Niels Albert  (BKCP-Powerplus), who has been battling a recent flu infection, and Wietse Bosmans (BKCP-Powerplus). Meeusen finished just under a minute down on Nys with the upset of the day coming from Diether Sweeck (Kwadro-Stannah), who emerged from the chase group to take third. Albert finished ninth.

“I think Albert experienced some discomfort from his illness last week because I could perfectly hold his wheel. That pace was perfect for me,” said Sweeck. “Whether I cherish hope for a place in the squad for the World Cup? I think I will be allowed to receive a selection. I knew, after all, a poor Christmas period due to illness and wanted peaks in the Belgian championship. That peak was there, but a week late, actually.”

”I felt really good today,” said Nys. “I feel very fresh. Not only in physical terms but above all mentally it is very good. That is very important. As soon as I was alone in the lead here, I switched to my own pace. Yet I still managed to drive away from the rest.”

Nys goes into the final two weeks of racing leading up to the World Championships back at his top form as the captain of the Belgian team. Albert is likely to sit out the Soudal Cyclocross Leuven on Sunday in order to ensure full recovery in time for the World Cup in Nommay next week.

2014 Kasteelcross Zonnebeke Elite Men's Results

 
 
 
 
RankNameNat.Result
1Sven NYSBEL1:02:41
2Tom MEEUSENBEL1:03:34
3Diether SWEECKBEL1:04:33
4Wietse BOSMANSBEL1:04:56
5Jens ADAMSBEL1:05:02
6Joeri ADAMSBEL1:05:21
7Sven VANTHOURENHOUTBEL1:05:23
8Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL1:05:26
9Niels ALBERTBEL1:05:29
10Martin BINACZE1:05:36
11Tim MERLIERBEL1:06:02
12Vinnie BRAETBEL1:06:10
13Javier RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZESP1:06:59
14Stef BODENBEL1:07:27
15Jonathan LASTRA MARTINEZESP1:08:27
16Nicolas CLEPPEBEL1:08:43
17Joeri HOFMANBEL1:08:50
18Jonathan PAGEUSA1:08:54
19Bart HOFMANBEL1:09:40
20Kevin CANTBEL
21Mariusz GILPOL
22Pieter GHYLLEBERTBEL
23Antonin MARECAILLEFRA
24Stijn HUYSBEL
25Jonas DEGROOTEBEL
26Bert DE WISPELAEREBEL
27Kevin EECKHOUTBEL
28Robert GAVENDASVK
29Martin HARINGSVK
30Bjorn RONDELEZBEL
31Kris LAPEREBEL
32Alexander REVELLNZL
33Mathieu WILLEMYNSBEL
34Aaron SCHOOLERCAN
35Tim DE SCHUYTERBEL
36Ondrej GLAJZASVK
37Edwin DE WITBEL
38Simon VOZARSVK

 


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