Spaarselect’s Bart Wellens won the opening round of the UCI World Cup for cyclo-cross in Frankfurt on Sunday.
Wellens, who won last week’s third round of the Superprestige series, finished 13 seconds ahead of world champion Mario de Clerq and defending World Cup champion Sven Nijs. Dutchman Richard Groenendaal finished fourth, again missing the podium on the heels of a Belgian sweep.
The four men remained close throughout the opening portion of the race, with Wellens and Nijs trading the lead. With two laps remaining, Wellens made a decisive attack, building a 10-second gap within 500 meters.
The results again provide testimony to Belgian dominance of the discipline, with riders from that country taking six of the top ten spots.
The World Cup resumes on December 22, in Kalmthout in Belgium.
UCI World Cup – Grand Prix of Germany, Frankfurt
1. Bart Wellens (B) 1:02:07
2. Mario De Clercq (B), at 0:13.
3. Sven Nijs (B), at 0:13.
4. Richard Groenendaal (Nl), at 0:17.
5. Erwin Vervecken (B), at 0:54.
6. Jiri Pospisil (Cz), at 1:01.
7. Tom Vannoppen (B), at 1:02.
8. Vaclav Jezek (Cz), at 1:24.
9. Sven Vanthourenhout (B), at 1:29.
10. Gerben de Knegt (Nl), at 1:30.
Overall World Cup Standings, after 1 of 5 rounds
1. Bart Wellens (B) 60 pts
2. Mario De Clercq (B) 50
3. Sven Nys (B) 45
4. Richard Groenendaal (Nl) 40
5. Erwin Vervecken (B) 35