Saturday, November 16, 2013

Keep on Svenning.

Nys leads his nemesis  Albert through the heavy sand at  the BPost trofee GP Hasselt 2013. Photo credit: Bart Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Sven Nys continued his winning ways in todays GP Hasselt. The BPost Bank Trofee event in Belgium was another all Belgian affair with only the Dutchman Corne Van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea) crashing the Belgian party in 5th place. He and 4th place Tom Meeusen (again Telenet-Fidea) managed to reach the leading power trio of Vantornout, Albert and the aforementioned Nys on the last lap, but a vicious response from Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) put an end to any thoughts the TF duo had of making the podium. His attack was covered by both Vantornout (Sunweb-Napolean games) and Nys (Crelan KDL) and the podium group was sealed with the only thing left to decide was who ended up on which step. 

Sven took the lead and tried to seal the deal himself on the last long and deep sand pit, but Albert was game and kept Nys' wheel until a slight bobble on the last turn out of the pit gave Sven the breathing room he needed. The rest was a formality as Sven sprinted - or rather survived? - and gathered his 5th win of the season. 

One interesting note - In today's race Nys had yet another early race mechanical (this one was a flat) and had to work his way back from deep in the field to reach the leaders. It does not bode well for his competition that once he gets those issues sorted and starts having clean early laps he could be even stronger than he has already shown this year. 

Sven is scary. 

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