Nys is Belgian champion

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Sven Nys is the Belgian cyclo cross champion. I

8 January 2008 - Sven Nys is the Belgian cyclo cross champion. In an exciting race, Sven Nys pulled ahead in the final stretch to win the championship. Bart Wellens came in second and Niels Albert third.

Sven Nys was the absolute favourite to win the championship.  Winning one race after the next in recent weeks however, was no guarantee for a victory, and the competition was geared up.

What at first seemed to be a false start by Klaas Vantornout set Nys off on the wrong foot. "It was frustrating to start the race like that," said the new champion after the race. "I did not hear the starting shot and just remained there like a stupid goose," Nys explained. "It took me two rounds to catch up!"

Klaas Vantornout was out of the block like a jack rabbit, and Erwin Vervecken was with him. Bart Aernouts caught up soon and Nys chased the trio like the wind. The rest of the pack followed with Niels Albert and Bart Wellens leading.

A sprint by Albert separated the men from the boys. Only Nys, Wellens and Vervecken could follow and the best four of the race were off.

Nys shows his colours in the last stretch

Halfway through the race bad luck struck for Albert in the form of a flat tyre. He raced on to end in an impressive third place.

And it was indeed a close race- the champion came in just 2 seconds before the number two and the number three was at his neck as well. Vervecken was right behind.

"During the Belgian championships, everyone suddenly gets extraordinary energy. I've won five championships now. I need to keep up my condition- the world championship is in three weeks. I don't dare to think of it!"

1. Sven Nys in 1hr 04'15"
2. Bart Wellens at 2"
3. Niels Albert 4"
4. Erwin Vervecken no time
5. Bart Aernouts 25"
6. Klaas Vantornout 53"
7. Dieter Vanthourenhout 57"
8. Kevin Pauwels 1'38"
9. Sven Vanthourenhout 1'52"

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