Nys, Vos Triumph in Leuven Fidea Classic

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Marianne Vos takes the win at Namur World Cup 2011. © Bart Hazen

Marianne Vos took the win at Namur World Cup, and again today at Leuven. © Bart Hazen

LEUVEN, BELIGUM — Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit) took the win in the women’s race in Leuven today. Again, the racer from the Netherlands finished the race more than two minutes ahead of second place, Daphny van den Brand (AA Drink-Leontien.nl). Behind the two, Sophie de Boer (Telenet-Fidea) finished third, making the podium entirely Dutch racers.

The fight in the women’s race was for third place, rather than first, with Vos and Van den Brand establishing early leads. Chasing the two were De Boer, Pavla Havlikova (Telenet-Fidea), Sanne Cant (Boxx-Veldritacademie) and Gabriella Day (Renner-Raleigh). Day, who ultimately finished in sixth place, said it was a, “Tough day; had very sore legs today. Much rest and recovery needed tomorrow.”

The Americans had a stellar day as well, with Rapha-Focus rider Julie Krasniak taking 11th place.

In the men’s race, Sven Nys took the win. With several racers, including Kevin Pauwels and Niels Albert, noticeably absent at the race, Nys’s win was largely uncontested. He was followed by Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) and French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ). Albert told reporters yesterday that he was skipping the race due to a cold, adding “As much as I [want to] start, I will not take risks with a view to the rest of the season.”

Nys is now five for five in the Fidea Classics series, and is pleased with his performance: “I’m proud of my series. They are five beautiful ’crosses.” As for his old age? Hardly an issue. In fact, he added, “I would like once again a World Cup win. I know that can still, despite my age.”

US racer Jonathan Page (Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles) had perhaps his best race of the year, finishing in seventh.

Despite getting pulled, the only other US racer to take to the course, Jake Wells, was happy with the course and later said that his, “Legs were pretty shot from yesterday but I was loving the Fidea Classics course. Surprised to get pulled so early, but mission accomplished …”

Elite Men’s Results:

RankNameNat.
1Sven NYSBEL
2Rob PEETERSBEL
3Francis MOUREYFRA
4Radomir SIMUNEKCZE
5Sven VANTHOURENHOUTBEL
6Philipp WALSLEBENGER
7Jonathan PAGEUSA
8Joeri ADAMSBEL
9Egoitz MURGOITIO REKALDEESP
10Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL
11Kevin CANTBEL
12Patrick GAUDYBEL
13Vincent BAESTAENSBEL
14Matthieu BOULOFRA
15Lars BOOMNED
16Jim AERNOUTSBEL
17Dieter VANTHOURENHOUTBEL
18Florian VOGELSUI
19Dave DE CLEYNBEL
20Corne VAN KESSELNED
21Arnaud GRANDSUI
22Martin GUJANSUI
23Tomas PAPRSTKACZE
24Jo PIROTTEBEL
25Jaroslav KULHAVYCZE
26Tom VAN DEN BOSCHBEL
27Bart VERSCHUERENBEL
28Yannick MAYERGER
29Ingmar UYTDEWILLIGENBEL
30Bart DE VOCHTBEL
31Stijn MORTELMANSBEL
32Jonathan LASTRA MARTINEZESP
33Christophe BALANECFRA
34Dries PAUWELSBEL
35Jens VANDEKINDERENBEL
36Kristof ZEGERSBEL
37Pablo RODRIGUEZ GUEDEESP
38Quentin BERTHOLETBEL
39Bart BARKHUISNED
40Yoann CORBIHANFRA
41Jake WELLSUSA
42Alexis CARESMELFRA
43ƒlie REGOSTFRA
44Michael COTTYGBR
45Felix COTƒ BOUVETTECAN
46Kiernan ORANGECAN
47Bruce DALTON

Elite Women’s Results:

RankNameNat.
1Marianne VOSNED
2Daphny VAN DEN BRANDNED
3Sophie DE BOERNED
4Pavla HAVLIKOVACZE
5Sanne CANTBEL
6Gabriella DAYGBR
7Arenda GRIMBERGNED
8Ellen VAN LOYBEL
9Anne ARNOUTSBEL
10Hilde QUINTENSBEL
11Julie KRASNIAKFRA
12Christine VARDAROSUSA
13Kim VAN DE STEENEBEL
14Iris OCKELOENNED
15Katrien THIJSBEL
16Githa MICHIELSBEL
17Nicole DE BIE - LEYTENBEL
18Margriet Helena KLOPPENBURGDEN
19Monique VAN DE REENED
20Anja NOBUSBEL
21Suzie GODARTLUX
22Caren COMMISSARISBEL
23Madara FURMANELAT
24Janice GEYSKENSBEL
25Katleen FRAEYEBEL
26Keshia VERBEEKBEL
27Caitlyn LA HAYEBEL

 

 

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