Belgian Nick Nuyens (Quick-Step Davitamon) has won on Tuesday the UCI-1.3 sanctioned "Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapelle", a 177-km. contest marking the end of the road season in his own country.
In the very last part of the race, Nuyens came around Dutch Postie Max Van Heeswijk (this time riding in a "mixed team" along with Belgian Cyclo-cross sensation Sven Njis plus Roy Sentjens, Jo Planckaert and Marc Weisshaupt) who went on the attack during the final lap of. Bankgiroloterij's Remco Van der Ven filled the remaining podium spot. The best-placed English-speaker was Australian McGrory, likely there to warm up for the upcoming track season, who made it into the Top 10.
A well-earned first victory for the 23-year-old neopro, coming at the end of a string of excellent performances in recent contest. Nuyens' best results in the professional cycling scene, before today's win, were as follows:
* 4th in an International UNIQA Classic stage
* 5th in a Driedaagse Van West-Vlaanderen stage (ITT)
* 6th at GP Van Steenbergen Aartselaar
* 7th overall at International UNIQA Classic in Austria
* 8th at Milano - Vignola
* 8th in Stage 2 of International UNIQA Classic
* 9th Overall at Tour de Picardie
* 9th in a Tour de Picardie stage (ITT)
* 10th a Post Danmark Rundt (Tour of Denmark) Stage
Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapelle (1.3), 177 km. - Top 10
1. Nick Nuyens (Bel - Quick-Step-Davitamon) - 03h48'00"
2. Max van Heeswijk (Hol - Mixed Team) - at 02"
3. Remco van der Ven (Hol - Bankgiroloterij CT) - at 06"
4. Roy Sentjens (Hol - Mixed Team) - at 18"
5. Christoph Roodhooft (Bel - Palmans-Collstrop) - s.t.
6. Geert Verheyen (Bel - Marlux-Wincor-Nixdorf) - at 26"
7. Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel - Flanders-Iteamnova) - at 34"
8. Geert Omloop (Bel - Palmans-Collstrop) - s.t.
9. Wilfried Cretskens (Bel - Quick Step-Davitamon) - s.t.
10. Scott McGrory (Aus - Team Commet-Senges) - s.t.