Baal, Belgium

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Baal is a village in the municipality of Tremelo, in the province of Flemish Brabant, Belgium.

It is notable as the home of successful cyclo-cross competitor Sven Nys.[1] He is sometimes called by the nickname "the Kannibaal van Baal"[2] (Dutch for "Cannibal of Baal").

The Grand Prix Sven Nys cyclo-cross race, named after Nys, is held annually in Baal.

Fellow cyclo-cross competitor Niels Albert also lives in Baal.[3]


  1. ^ Ben Atkins (2010-12-30). "Sven Nys’ mechanic in tears after Azencross final lap incident". Velonation. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  2. ^ Ben Atkins (2010-12-13). "Sven Nys offered extension with Landbouwkrediet through 2014 but wants his friend to join him". Velonation. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Albert: 'Ik ga niet voluit tijdens GP Sven Nys'" (in Dutch). de Wielersite. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 

Coordinates: 50°59′44″N 4°45′11″E / 50.9956°N 4.753°E / 50.9956; 4.753