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Camenzind pedals into cycling's top 20

Oscar Camenzind (right) on his way to victory in Sunday's World Cup race in Belgium Keystone

The Swiss cyclist, Oscar Camenzind, has moved into the top 20 of the leading world rankings, after winning the classic Liege-Bastogne-Liege World Cup race in Belgium on Sunday.

This content was published on April 24, 2001 - 07:52

Camenzind moved into 19th place, from 34th position, in the current overall standings, issued by the International Cycling Union. The victory on Sunday makes him the best-placed Swiss rider in the standings.

The top three positions are still held by Italy's Francesco Casagrande, Erik Zabel from Germany and the US rider, Lance Armstrong.

Camenzind's victory in the 258-kilometre classic race is the fourth big success in the career of the 1998 world champion. In the same year, he won the Tour of Lombardy, and clinched the Tour of Switzerland in 1999.

On Sunday, he beat Casagrande as well as two other strong contenders in an exciting sprint 150 metres away from the finish line. The race is the fourth event of the 10-race World Cup.

"It was one of my big dreams to win this classic one-day race," Camenzind said after the race. "I think I have been in good shape over the past few weeks. I trained well, and was confident this would show in good results sooner or later."

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