Sven Nys

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Sven Nys
SvenNys.JPG
Personal information
Full nameSven Nys
NicknameThe Cannibal from Baal
(Dutch)De Kannibaal van Baal
Born(1976-06-17) 17 June 1976 (age 38)
Bonheiden, Belgium
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current teamCrelan-AA Drink
DisciplineCyclo-cross
Mountain bike racing
Road
RoleRider
Professional team(s)
1998–2008
2008–2013
2014–
Rabobank
Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner
Crelan-AA Drink
Major wins
Cyclo-cross
World Cup
Overall standings (2000, 2002, 2005, 20072009)
46 individual races
Superprestige
Overall standings (1999–2000, 2002–2003, 2005–2009, 20112014)
55 individual races
bPost Bank Trophy
Overall standings (2003, 2005–2011, 2014)
42 individual races
World Championships (2005, 2013)
National Championships (2000, 2003, 2005–2006, 2008–2010, 2012, 2014)
Mountain biking
National Championships (2005, 2007, 2013)
Infobox last updated on
27 February 2014
 
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Sven Nys
SvenNys.JPG
Personal information
Full nameSven Nys
NicknameThe Cannibal from Baal
(Dutch)De Kannibaal van Baal
Born(1976-06-17) 17 June 1976 (age 38)
Bonheiden, Belgium
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current teamCrelan-AA Drink
DisciplineCyclo-cross
Mountain bike racing
Road
RoleRider
Professional team(s)
1998–2008
2008–2013
2014–
Rabobank
Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner
Crelan-AA Drink
Major wins
Cyclo-cross
World Cup
Overall standings (2000, 2002, 2005, 20072009)
46 individual races
Superprestige
Overall standings (1999–2000, 2002–2003, 2005–2009, 20112014)
55 individual races
bPost Bank Trophy
Overall standings (2003, 2005–2011, 2014)
42 individual races
World Championships (2005, 2013)
National Championships (2000, 2003, 2005–2006, 2008–2010, 2012, 2014)
Mountain biking
National Championships (2005, 2007, 2013)
Infobox last updated on
27 February 2014

Sven Nys (Dutch: [svɛn nɛis]; born 17 June 1976 in Bonheiden, Belgium) is a professional cyclist competing in cyclo-cross and mountainbike. With two world championships, six world cups, and over a 140 competitive victories, he is widely considered as one of the greatest cyclo-cross racers of his generation and of all time, and remains a prominent figure in cyclo-cross.[1][2] Apart from cyclo-cross, Nys is also threefold national champion mountainbike, and has competed in that discipline in two Olympic games.

Career overview[edit]

Early years[edit]

Nys began racing BMX at the age of 8. He won eight BMX national titles before switching to cyclocross, a more popular sport in Belgium. He won the under-23 world championship in 1997 and 1998, beating another Belgian, Bart Wellens. Nys moved to the elite category in 1998–1999, joining the Dutch Rabobank team.

Becoming elite[edit]

In the élite class he won the Superprestige competition and came third in the national championships. The next season he won the Superprestige again, ended the World Cup as leader and became Belgian champion. This made him favourite for the 2000 world championship. But his Rabobank management told him not to beat his team-mate, the Dutchman Richard Groenendaal.[3][4] Groenendaal sprinted away from the start and Nys was forced to hold back and not help another Belgian, Mario De Clercq, chase him. Groenendaal won and Nijs, who came third, was criticised in Belgium for choosing team over country.[5][6][7] The Royal Belgian Cycling League demanded an explanation. It became more forgiving but the head coach, Erik De Vlaeminck, remained unconvinced.[8][9]

Nys blamed an injury for not winning a season-long competition or championship in 2000–2001.[10] A year later he won the World Cup and the Superprestige again. In the world championships that year he came third after being outsprinted by De Clercq and Tom Vannoppen. The following season Nys won the Superprestige for the fourth time as well as the Gazet van Antwerpen trophy for a first time. He became Belgian champion again, but Wellens won the world championship and the World Cup.

Wellens dominated 2003–2004. Nys' chance for the World Cup ended when other Belgians sprinted past him, taking points.[11] Nys was angry that his countrymen had allowed Groenendaal, a Dutchman, to win the World Cup rather than him.[12] That evening Nys decided from then on to ride for himself.

This is war. Thanks Vannoppen, thanks Van der Linden. This is the last thing I have done for the Belgian team. They can all go to hell. [...] Apparently there are some who take joy out of me not winning the World Cup. I know who and will take that into account next year. National team coach Rudy De Bie told me that he has never seen anything like this before. Our country loses the World Cup today.

—Sven Nys, after the Pijnacker race,[12] translated from Dutch

The cannibal[edit]

Nys won everything of importance and at the end of 2004–2005 won the national and world championships, ended number one in the UCI rankings and World Cup, the Superprestige and the Gazet van Antwerpen Trophy. He is the only cyclo-crosser to achieve such dominance. Nys came close to repeating the feat the following season but he gave up in the world championship after a fall on the last lap.

Nys won all eight Superprestige races in 2006–2007. In the Superprestige he won 13 races from Hoogstraten in 2005 to Asper Gaver in 2007. That season he won the World Cup and the Gazet van Antwerpen trophy again, but neither the national or world championship. The national involved a lot of running, not Nys' talent, and were won by Wellens. At the world championship in Zeddam Nys fell three times: over Wellens, who fell because a television motor had hit one of the road markers; over Erwin Vervecken; and because of an error of his own. He finished 11th.

The following season, Nys won the World Cup, the Superprestige and the Gazet van Anterwerpen trophy again. He also won his fifth national championship. The Dutchman Lars Boom became champion of the world and Zdeněk Štybar took the silver, both barely 22 at the time. Nys, already nearing 32, came third.

Nys switched teams from Rabobank to Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner.[13] Niels Albert, 2008's U23 world champion, joined the elite category that season, giving Nys another opponent. But Nys won all the season-long competitions and the national championship. Albert won the world championship, Štybar was second and Nys third. The Belgian press referred to Albert, Štybar and Nys as De Grote Drie (The Big Three), it was clear that Nys' years of absolute domination were behind him.

In his second mountain bike race Nys won the Belgian championship and then came ninth at the Olympic Games in 2008. On 31 December 2006 Nys won his 150th race with the elites, at Diegem.[14][15] Four years later, he scored his 300th career win at the Koppenbergcross,[16][17] one of the toughest races in the season.

In 2013 Nys won the world championship a second time.[18] He said his career was now complete.[19]

On 10 February 2013, Nys won his 60th race in the Superprestige.[20]

Palmares[edit]

Cyclo-cross[edit]

1998–1999 (13)
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Ruddervoorde
1st Sint-Michielsgestel
1st Gieten
1st Sivelle
1st Wetzikon
1st in Tabor (WC)
1st Eeklo
1st Zonnebeke
1999–2000 (21)
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st Overall UCI World Cup
1st Safenwill
1st Leudelange
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Ruddervoorde
1st Gieten
1st Hoogstraten
1st Surhuisterveen
1st Silvelle
1st Wetzikon
2000–2001 (7)
UCI World Cup
1st Zolder
1st Zeddam
Superprestige
1st Diegem
2001–2002 (10)
1st Overall World Cup
1st Monopoli
1st Wetzikon
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Asper-Gavere
1st Gieten
2002–2003 (17)
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st Overall UCI ranking
1st Overall Superprestige
1stRuddervoorde
1st Sint-Michielsgestel
1st Gieten
1st Hoogstraten
UCI World Cup
1stLiévin
1st Hoogerheide
1st Overall GvA Trophy
2003–2004 (10)
UCI World Cup
1st Torino
1st Sankt-Wendel
1st Wetzikon
2nd Overall Superprestige
1st Sint-Michielsgestel
1st Eeklo
2004–2005 (25)
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st UCI-ranking
1st Overall UCI World Cup
1st Wetzikon
1st Milano
1st Hofstade
1st Nommay
1st Hoogerheide
1st Lanarvilly
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Ruddervoorde
1st Asper-Gavere
1st Gieten
1st Vorselaar
1st Overall GvA Trophy
1st Overijse
2005–2006 (27)
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st UCI ranking
1st Overall UCI World Cup
1st Kalmthout
1st Tabor
1st Pijnacker
1st Wetzikon
1st Milano
1st Hofstade
1st Hooglede
1st Liévin
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Hamme-Zogge
1st Asper-Gavere
1st Vorselaar
1st Overall GvA Trophy
1st Eeklo
2006–2007 (28)
1st UCI ranking
1st Overall UCI World Cup
1st Aigle
1st Kalmthout
1st Pijnacker
1st Koksijde
1st Igorre
1st Nommay
1st Hoogerheide
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Ruddervoorde
1st Sint-Michielsgestel
!st Asper-Gavere
1st Gieten
1st Hamme-Zogge
1st Diegem
1st Hoogstraten
1st Vorselaar
1st Overall GvA Trophy
1st Overijse
1st Eeklo
2007–2008 (21)
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st UCI ranking
UCI World Cup
1st Tabor
1st Koksijde
1st Igorre
1st Hofstade
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Ruddervoorde
1st Hamme-Zogge
1st Gavere
1st Veghel
1st Diegem
1st Overall GvA Trophy
1st Oudenaarde
1st Hasselt
1st Essen
1st Baal
1st Neerpelt
1st Harderwijk
1st Dottignies
1st Asteasu-Guipúzcoa
1st Middelkerke
1st Otegem
1st Surhuisterveen
2008–2009 (18)
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st UCI ranking
1st Overall UCI World Cup
1st Kalmthout
1st Igorre
1st Milan
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Ruddervoorde
1st Gavere
1st Hamme-Zogge
1st Overall GvA Trophy
1st Oudenaarde
1st Essen
1st Neerpelt
1st Dottenijs
1st Eernegem
1st Middelkerke
1st Maldegem
2009–2010 (15)
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
UCI World Cup
1st Kalmthout
Superprestige
1st Ruddervoorde
1st Gieten
1st Zonhoven
1st Overall GvA Trophy
1st Oudenaarde
1st Loenhout
1st Baal
1st Lille
1st Woerden
1st Niel
1st Middelkerke
1st Zonnebeke
1st Lebbeke
1st Antwerpen
2010–2011 (14)
1st UCI ranking
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Gavere
1st Hamme-Zogge
1st Hoogstraten
GvA Trophy
1st Oudenaarde
1st Essen
1st Baal
1st Overijse
1st Neerpelt
1st Erpe-Mere
1st Ronse
1st Niel
1st Maldegem
1st Asteasu
1st Lebbeke
2011–2012 (17)
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
UCI World Cup
1st Plzeň
1st Koksijde
1st Namur
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Gieten
GvA Trophy
1st Baal
1st Antwerpen
1st Laarne
1st Leuven
1st Neerpelt
1st Niel
1st Overijse
1st Eeklo
2012–2013 (18)
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Championships
World Cup
1st Koksijde
1st Roubaix
1st Heusden-Zolder
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Ruddervoorde
1st Zonhoven
1st Hamme-Zogge
1st Gavere
1st Hoogstraten
BPost Bank Trophy
1st Oudenaarde
1st Hasselt
1st Neerpelt
1st Kalmthout
1st Overijse
1st Sint-Niklaas
1st Bredene
1st Eeklo
1st Lebbeke
2013–2014
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st Overall Superprestige
1st Zonhoven
1st Gavere
1st Diegem
1st Hoogstraten
1st Overall bpost bank trophy
1st GP Mario De Clercq
1st Grand Prix van Hasselt
1st Azencross Loenhout
1st Baal
1st Krawatencross Lille
1st Vlaamse Druivencross
1st Cross Vegas
1st Zonnebeke
1st Leuven
1st Lebbeke
2014–2015
1st Cross Vegas
1st GP Neerpelt

Mountain biking[edit]

2004–2005
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
2006–2007
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
1st Apeldoorn
1st Gieten
2008–2009
1st Averbode
2009–2010
1st Gooik
1st Sankt Vith
1st Geraardsbergen
1st Averbode
1st Belgian Cup
2010–2011
1st Boom
1st Geraardsbergen
1st Belgian Cup
2011–2012
1st Antwerp
1st Sankt Vith
1st Geraardsbergen
1st Belgian Cup
2012–2013
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships
2013–2014
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Championships

Road racing[edit]

2006
8th Overall Tour of Belgium
2007
1st Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig
2008
10th Omloop der Kempen
2011
9th Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig
2012
5th Circuit de Wallonie

Results[edit]

Championships[edit]

Nys at the 2007 Noordzeecross.
SeasonWorldNational
1998–1999POP
6
SOU
3
1999–2000SMI
3
GEN
1
2000–2001TAB
4
MOL
6
2001–2002ZOL
3
KOK
7
2002–2003MON
5
WIE
1
2003–2004PCH
DNF
LIL
3
2004–2005SAN
1
WAC
1
2005–2006ZED
DNF
TER
1
2006–2007HOO
11
HAM
3
2007–2008TRE
3
HOF
1
2008–2009HOO
3
RUD
1
2009–2010TAB
3
OOS
1
2010–2011SAN
2
ANT
DNF
2011–2012KOK
7
HOO
1
2012–2013LOU
1
MOL
2
2013–2014HOO
2
WAR
1

World Cup[edit]

Season1234567891011RankPoints
1999–2000SAF
1
TAB
2
LEU
1
KAL
2
ZED
2
NOM
6
1300
2000–2001BER
NP
TAB
5
LEU
20
ZOL
1
ZED
1
PON
18
6179
2001–2002MON
1
IGO
1
WOR
2
NOM
10
WET
1
HEE
6
1282
2002–2003FRA
3
KAL
5
LIÉ
1
WET
4
HOO
1
2300
2003–2004TOR
1
SWE
1
WET
1
KOK
5
NOM
7
PIJ
7
2299
2004–2005WOR
5
TAB
5
PIJ
1
KOK
2
WET
1
MIL
1
HOF
1
AIG
2
NOM
1
HOO
1
LAN
1
12940
2005–2006KAL
1
TAB
1
PIJ
1
WET
1
MIL
1
IGO
8
HOF
1
HGI
1
LIE
1
HOO
8
12660
2006–2007AIG
1
KAL
1
TAB
5
TRE
2
PIJ
1
KOK
1
IGO
1
MIL
2
HOF
5
NOM
1
HOO
1
13500
2007–2008KAL
2
TAB
1
PIJ
5
KOK
1
IGO
1
MIL
NH
HOF
1
LIÉ
8
HOO
12
NRNR
2008–2009KAL
1
TAB
4
PIJ
3
KOK
2
IGO
1
NOM
2
ZOL
6
ROU
3
MIL
1
1620
2009–2010TRE
DNF
PLZ
2
NOM
3
KOK
2
IGO
3
KAL
1
HEU
3
ROU
3
HOO
5
3535
2010–2011AIG
9
PLZ
5
KOK
3
IGO
3
KAL
2
HEU
5
PON
3
HOO
3
3484
2011–2012PLZ
1
TAB
5
KOK
1
IGO
2
NAM
1
HEU
3
LIÉ
4
HOO
6
2540
2012–2013TAB
5
PLZ
6
KOK
1
ROU
1
NAM
2
HEU
1
ROM
20
HOO
4
3506

[21][22][23]

NP: not participated
NH: not held
DNF: did not finish
NR: no ranking for individuals

Superprestige[edit]

Season12345678RankPoints
1995–199626th7
1996–199711th43
1997–19985th87
1998–19991st154
1999–20001st284
2000–20016th129
2001–2002RUD
2
SMI
2
GAV
1
GIE
1
HOO
3
DIE
6
HAR
15
VOR
2
1st177
2002–2003RUD
1
SMI
1
GAV
4
GIE
1
DIE
2
HOO
1
HAR
1
VOR
2
1st218
2003–2004RUD
2
SMI
1
GAV
3
GIE
3
DIE
4
HOO
4
RAI
8
VOR
1
2nd176
2004–2005RUD
1
HAM
3
SMI
2
GAV
1
GIE
1
DIE
2
VOR
1
HOO
6
1st111
2005–2006RUD
2
SMI
2
HAM
1
GAV
1
GIE
2
DIE
2
HOO
1
VOR
1
1st116
2006–2007RUD
1
SMI
1
GAV
1
GIE
1
HAM
1
DIE
1
HOO
1
VOR
1
1st150
2007–2008RUD
1
HAM
1
GAV
1
GIE
2
VEG
1
DIE
1
HOO
5
VOR
7
1st89
2008–2009RUD
1
VEG
3
GAV
1
HAM
1
GIE
3
DIE
3
HOO
1
VOR
1
1st114
2009–2010RUD
1
HOO
3
GAV
2
HAM
2
GIE
1
DIE
DNF
ZON
1
VOR
4
3rd98
2010–20111st107
2011–20121st105
2012–2013RUD
1
ZON
1

[24]

BPost Bank Trophy[edit]

Up until the season 2011–2012, this competition was called the Gazet van Antwerpen Trophy (GvA).

Season12345678RankPoints
2007–2008OUD
1
NIE
3
HAS
1
ESS
1
LOE
4
BAA
1
LIL
3
OOS1st241
2008–2009OUD
1
NIE
3
HAS
5
ESS
1
LOE
2
BAA
1
LILOOS

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roel Paulissen
Belgian Mountainbike Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Filip Meirhaeghe
Preceded by
Filip Meirhaeghe
Belgian Mountainbike Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Roel Paulissen
Preceded by
Kevin Pauwels
Belgian Mountainbike Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Tom Boonen
Belgian Sports Personality of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Justine Henin