Cyclocross – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:43:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.velonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Velonews_favicon-2-32x32.png Cyclocross – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com 32 32 U.S. cyclocross nationals will move back to December http://www.velonews.com/2017/03/news/u-s-cyclocross-nationals-will-move-back-december_432232 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:14:17 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=432232 USAC moves cyclocross national championships back to December timeframe, names Louisville and Tacoma as hosts for 2018 and 2019 races.

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USA Cycling announced Friday that its cyclocross national championships will return to December, starting in 2018 with the event taking place in Louisville, Kentucky. The organization also named Tacoma, Washington as host of the 2019 championships.

The 44th edition of U.S. ‘cross nationals will still be held in Reno, Nevada in January 2018, meaning that calendar year will see two national championship events.

The move to a December date will come about seven years after USAC changed the calendar to hold the races in January. During that period, nationals were twice held in Madison, Wisconsin; then in Boulder, Colorado; Austin, Texas; Asheville, North Carolina; and Hartford, Connecticut.

“We solicited feedback from our cyclocross community, including athletes, parents, race directors, and our advisory Cyclocross Committee, and there was overwhelming support to return to December,” said Micah Rice, USA Cycling’s VP of national events. “We believe this is very positive move and will work closely with any affected December races to ensure their continued success.”

Louisville hosted cyclocross world championships in 2013 at Eva Bandman Park, but for the December 2018 nationals, the race will be held at Joe Creason Park, a new venue. The 2019 event in Washington will be held at Steilacoom Park, a well-known venue in the Pacific Northwest that was previously a venue for U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross racing.

In 2017, Stephen Hyde won the elite men’s race in Connecticut, his first, and Katie Compton claimed her 13th straight national championship title. “I think it’s a good move. The decision wasn’t made on a whim. There was plenty of feedback from USAC members and solid discussion,” Compton said on Twitter Friday.

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Middelkerke: Van der Poel, Cant win Superprestige series closer in Belgium http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/middelkerke-van-der-poel-cant-win-superprestige-series-closer-belgium_430479 Sat, 11 Feb 2017 15:24:33 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=430479 Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and reigning two-time world champion Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) continued their fiercely

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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and reigning two-time world champion Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) continued their fiercely contested rivalry over the eighth and final round of the Superprestige in Middelkerke, Belgium on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Dutch champion and rainbow jersey predecessor won his seventh Superprestige of the season and his second since finishing runner-up to Van Aert at the world championships in Bieles due to several mid-race flats. Van Aert (BEL) took second 10 seconds back, followed by Lars van der Haar (Telenet-Fidea Lions), Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus0 and Gianni Vermeersch (Steylaerts-Verona) all 29 seconds off the winner.

Van der Poel also claimed the series title with 119 points with Van Aert in second (113), Sweeck in third (92) and Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) in fourth (72).

Top 10

  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), in 56:26
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), at 6:46
  • 3. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), at 6:56
  • 4. Lars VAN DER HAAR, (NED), at 7:03
  • 5. Gianni VERMEERSCH, (BEL), at 7:25
  • 6. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), at 7:51
  • 7. Vincent BAESTAENS, (BEL), at 8:12
  • 8. Corne VAN KESSEL, (NED), at 8:21
  • 9. Diether SWEECK, (BEL), at 8:24
  • 10. Klaas VANTORNOUT, (BEL), at 8:29

Cant also cruises to race, series win

Recently crowned UCI Cyclo-cross world champion Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) claimed her fourth Superprestige win of season.

The reigning eight-time Belgian champion crossed the line looking relaxed after five laps with seven-second lead over Dutch rival Sophie de Boer (Breepark), who won two rounds this season including last week’s penultimate Superprestige in Hoogstraten. Ellen van Loy (Telenet-Fidea Lions) rounded out the podium in third (+1:06) followed immediately by Krawatencross winner Maud Kaptheijns (Steylaerts-Verona) two seconds later (+1:08).

The 26-year-old Cant finished the season atop the elite women’s overall standings with 113 points, 13 more than Van Loy and De Boer tied with 100 points to slot into second and third respectively. American Elle Anderson finished fourth overall with 69 points.

Elite women

  • 1. Sanne CANT, (BEL), in 49:33
  • 2. Sophie DE BOER, (NED), at 9:42
  • 3. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), at 0:40
  • 4. Maud KAPTHEIJNS, (NED), at 0:41
  • 5. Nikki BRAMMEIER, (GBR), at 0:55
  • 6. Helen WYMAN, (GBR), at 1:00
  • 7. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), at 1:23
  • 8. Elle ANDERSON, (USA), at 2:25
  • 9. Loes SELS, (BEL), at 2:52
  • 10. Alicia FRANCK, (BEL), at 3:13
  • 11. Karen VERHESTRAETEN, (BEL), at 3:42
  • 12. Pauline DELHAYE, (FRA), at 4:02
  • 13. Ceylin DEL CARMEN ALVARADO, (NED), at 4:05
  • 14. Annemarie WORST, (NED), at 4:21
  • 15. Joyce VANDERBEKEN, (BEL), at 4:40
  • 16. Veerle GOOSSENS, (NED), at 4:48
  • 17. Suzanne VERHOEVEN, (BEL) , at 6:06
  • 18. Geerte HOEKE, (NED), at 6:14
  • 19. Amira MELLOR, (GBR), at 6:15
  • 20. Linda TER BEEK, (NED), at 6:46
  • 21. Esther VAN DER BURG, (NED), at 6:57
  • 22. Julie WRIGHT, (USA), at 7:27
  • 23. Shana MAES, (BEL), at 8:20
  • 24. Aurelie VERMEIR, (BEL)
  • 25. Jinse PEETERS, (BE`L)
  • 26. Kim VAN DE PUTTE, (BEL)
  • 27. Julie VAN DE VELDE, (BEL)
  • 28. Irene GERRITSEN, (NED)
  • 29. Christine VARDAROS, (USA)
  • 30. Meg DE BRUYNE, (BEL)
  • 31. Erin FACCONE, (USA)
  • 32. Tine ROMBOUTS, (BEL)
  • 33. Lise VAN WUNSEL, (BEL)
  • 34. Jo BLANCHAERT, (BEL)
  • 35. Anke VAN ROMPAY, (BEL)
  • 36. Valerie BOONEN, (BEL)

Elite men

  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), in 56:24
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), at 56:44
  • 3. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), at 56:54
  • 4. Lars VAN DER HAAR, (NED), at 57:01
  • 5. Gianni VERMEERSCH, (BEL), at 57:23
  • 6. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), at 57:49
  • 7. Vincent BAESTAENS, (BEL), at 58:10
  • 8. Corne VAN KESSEL, (NED), at 58:19
  • 9. Diether SWEECK, (BEL), at 58:22
  • 10. Klaas VANTORNOUT, (BEL), at 58:27
  • 11. Jim AERNOUTS, (BEL), at 58:31
  • 12. Wietse BOSMANS, (BEL), at 58:35
  • 13. Tim MERLIER, (BEL), at 58:39
  • 14. Daan SOETE, (BEL), at 58:41
  • 15. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), at 58:53
  • 16. Joeri ADAMS, (BEL), at 59:02
  • 17. Dieter VANTHOURENHOUT, (BEL), at 59:47
  • 18. Julien TARAMARCAZ, (SUI), at 59:50
  • 19. Jan DENUWELAERE, (BEL), at 1:00:14
  • 20. Stan GODRIE, (NED), at 1:00:23
  • 21. Jens ADAMS, (BEL), at 1:00:48
  • 22. Rob PEETERS, (BEL), at 1:01:10
  • 23. Twan VAN DEN BRAND, (NED), at 1:01:19
  • 24. Michael BOROŠ, (CZE), at 1:01:34
  • 25. Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE, (BEL), at 1:01:46
  • 26. Ingmar UYTDEWILLIGEN, (BEL), at 1:01:54
  • 27. Patrick VAN LEEUWEN, (NED), at 1:02:11
  • 28. David VAN DER POEL, (NED), at 1:02:14
  • 29. Braam MERLIER, (BEL), at 1:02:36
  • 30. Javier RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ, (ESP), at 1:02:54
  • 31. Daan HOEYBERGHS, (BEL), at 1:02:59
  • 32. Jens VANDEKINDEREN, (BEL), at 1:03:03
  • 33. Thijs VAN AMERONGEN, (NED), at 1:03:27
  • 34. Niels WUBBEN, (NED), at 1:04:08
  • 35. Dave DE CLEYN, (BEL), at 1:04:46
  • 36. Philipp WALSLEBEN, (GER), at 1:04:58
  • 37. Nicolas LEBESQ, (FRA)

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Hoogstraten: Van der Poel, De Boer win penultimate Superprestige round http://www.velonews.com/2017/02/news/hoogstraten-van-der-poel-de-boer-win-penultimate-superprestige-round_430200 Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:45:51 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=430200 Mathieu van der Poel outduels Wout van Aert at penultimate round of the Superprestige, while Sophie de Boer takes home top women's honors.

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Less than 24 hours after claiming the final DVV Trophy race at the Krawatencross in Lille, 2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships silver medalist Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) once again found himself battling wheel-for-wheel with two-time world champion Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) over the mud-covered penultimate Superprestige round in Hoogstraten, Belgium on Sunday.

Unlike last week’s world championship race in Luxembourg where Van der Poel found himself on the short end behind Van Aert after sustaining several race-altering flats, the 22-year-old Dutchman and 2015 world champion was able to fend off his Belgian rival to claim his second win in as many days.

“Again, it was an exciting race where a lot was going on,” Van der Poel told Belgian network Telenet Play Sports. “It was a very tough course to race on.”

With only one round remaining, Van der Poel leads Van Aert by five points in the Superprestige series with only one race remaining in Middelkerke, Belgium.

“Last year, Wout had a problem with his derailleur. That can happen to me as well,” he explained. “The classification is only decided when you cross the line in Middelkerke.”

In women’s action, Sophie de Boer (Breepark), who finished fourth in the final round of the IJsboerke Ladies Trophy behind surprise winner Maud Kaptheijns (Steylaerts-Verona) at Krawatencross on Saturday, took top honors in Hoogstraten followed by Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) and Ellen Van Loy (Telenet Fidea Lions).

“Today was the first mud cross of the season,” De Boer said after the race. “I like these races the most and really wanted to win.”

The final two rounds of the Superprestige series are awarded double points with the two worst results dropped for general classification. De Boer currently sits third on points (57) behind Van Loy in second (70) and recently crowned world champion Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) in first (99) with one round remaining.

Men’s results

  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), in 1:02:34
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), at 1:02:40
  • 3. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), at 1:02:50
  • 4. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), at 1:03:52
  • 5. Corne VAN KESSEL, (NED), at 1:04:07
  • 6. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), at 1:04:20
  • 7. Vincent BAESTAENS, (BEL), at 1:04:38
  • 8. Jim AERNOUTS, (BEL), at 1:04:39
  • 9. Lars VAN DER HAAR, (NED), at 1:04:48
  • 10. Jens ADAMS, (BEL), at 1:04:58
  • 11. Wietse BOSMANS, (BEL), at 1:05:17
  • 12. Klaas VANTORNOUT, (BEL), at 1:05:26
  • 13. Gianni VERMEERSCH, (BEL), at 1:05:33
  • 14. Rob PEETERS, (BEL), at 1:05:43
  • 15. Tim MERLIER, (BEL), at 1:05:59
  • 16. Joeri ADAMS, (BEL), at 1:06:06
  • 17. Yorben VAN TICHELT, (BEL), at 1:06:43
  • 18. Michael BOROŠ, (CZE), at 1:06:50
  • 19. Julien TARAMARCAZ, (SUI), at 1:06:50
  • 20. Braam MERLIER, (BEL), at 1:07:01
  • 21. Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE, (BEL), at 1:07:21
  • 22. Jan DENUWELAERE, (BEL), at 1:07:41
  • 23. Javier RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ, (ESP), at 1:07:49
  • 24. Patrick VAN LEEUWEN, (NED), at 1:07:57
  • 25. Marcel MEISEN, (GER), at 1:08:01
  • 26. Stan GODRIE, (NED), at 1:08:07
  • 27. Bart HOFMAN, (BEL), at 1:08:13
  • 28. Thijs VAN AMERONGEN, (NED), at 1:08:18
  • 29. Daan HOEYBERGHS, (BEL), at 1:08:35
  • 30. Aitor HERNANDEZ GUTIERREZ, (ESP), at 1:08:37
  • 31. Michael VAN DEN HAM, (CAN), at 1:08:43
  • 32. David VAN DER POEL, (NED), at 1:08:51
  • 33. Niels WUBBEN, (NED)
  • 34. Jeremy MARTIN, (CAN)
  • 35. Kerry WERNER, (USA)
  • 36. Mariusz GIL, (POL)
  • 37. Ruben VANDEVELDE, (BEL)
  • 38. Stijn HUYS, (BEL)
  • 39. Antonin MARECAILLE, (FRA)
  • 40. Tim DE SCHUYTER, (BEL)
  • 41. Jens GYS, (BEL)
  • 42. Benjamin KRAWCZYK, (FRA)

Women’s results

  • 1. Sophie DE BOER, (NED), in 41:53
  • 2. Helen WYMAN, (GBR), at 2:11
  • 3. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), at 2:12
  • 4. Sanne CANT, (BEL), at 2:18
  • 5. Maud KAPTHEIJNS, (NED), at 2:19
  • 6. Katherine COMPTON, (USA), at 2:38
  • 7. Kaitlin ANTONNEAU, (USA), at 2:53
  • 8. Elle ANDERSON, (USA), at 3:03
  • 9. Marianne VOS, (NED), at 3:10
  • 10. Alicia FRANCK, (BEL), at 3:27
  • 11. Loes SELS, (BEL), at 3:37
  • 12. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), at 4:05
  • 13. Manon BAKKER, (NED), at 4:17
  • 14. Juliette LABOUS, (FRA), at 4:22
  • 15. Jolien VERSCHUEREN, (BEL), at 4:27
  • 16. Pauline DELHAYE, (FRA), at 4:52
  • 17. Geerte HOEKE, (NED), at 5:11
  • 18. Joyce VANDERBEKEN, (BEL), at 5:18
  • 19. Stefanie PAUL, (GER), at 5:21
  • 20. Karen VERHESTRAETEN, (BEL), at 5:29
  • 21. Denise BETSEMA, (NED), at 5:36
  • 22. Bianca VAN DEN HOEK, (NED), at 5:51
  • 23. Lindy VAN ANROOIJ, (NED), at 6:07
  • 24. Inge VAN DER HEIJDEN, (NED), at 6:18
  • 25. Veerle GOOSSENS, (NED), at 6:41
  • 26. Esther VAN DER BURG, (NED), at 6:55
  • 27. Amira MELLOR, (GBR), at 7:13
  • 28. Suzanne VERHOEVEN, (BEL), at 7:21
  • 29. Julie WRIGHT, (USA), at 7:37
  • 30. Irene GERRITSEN, (NED), at 7:56
  • 31. Shana MAES, (BEL), at 8:17
  • 32. Linda TER BEEK, (NED), at 8:38
  • 33. Marthe TRUYEN, (BEL), at 9:33
  • 34. Laura KRANS, (NED), at 9:48
  • 35. Caren COMMISSARIS, (BEL)
  • 36. Gertie WILLEMS, (BEL)
  • 37. Elodie KUIJPER, (NED)
  • 38. Aurelie VERMEIR, (BEL)
  • 39. Eva Maria PALM, (BEL)
  • 40. Tinne VERMEIREN, (BEL)
  • 41. Julia NIKOLOPOULOS, (GER)
  • 42. Erin FACCONE, (USA)
  • 43. Tine ROMBOUTS, (BEL)
  • 44. Katharina HINZ, (GER)
  • 45. Yenthe BOONS, (BEL)

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Gallery: Men take on the worlds in Bieles http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/gallery-men-take-worlds-bieles_429695 Sun, 29 Jan 2017 22:06:04 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=429695 The good, the bad and the muddy of the 2017 UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg.

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Bieles: Van Aert repeats rainbow success http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/bieles-van-aert-repeats-rainbow-success_429688 Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:22:24 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=429688 Wout van Aert captures his second straight world title at the UCI World Cyclo-cross Championship in Bieles, Luxembourg on Sunday.

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Wout van Aert made the most of Mathieu van der Poel’s mid-race mechanical to take the lead and ride off with his second straight world title at the UCI World Cyclo-cross Championship in Bieles, Luxembourg on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Belgian found himself chasing his Dutch rival under cold gray skies and over sloppy conditions for the first half of the race, but back-to-back bike changes cost Van der Poel, 22, valuable time and allowed the defending world champion, who was down 21 seconds, back in the race. After swapping leads in the latter half of the fifth lap, Van Aert was able to pass the 2015 world champion on the line leading into lap 6 due to a rear puncture on the Dutchman’s bike.

“[Van der Poel] had a flat tire on the finish line, so it is a long way to the pit lane,” Van Aert said. “It was one of the most important things in the race, but it is also cyclo-cross. I also had a flat, but I was lucky because it was in front of the pits, so that’s part of cyclo-cross, I think.

After skipping the Hoogerheide World Cup last week and trailing at the start of the race, Van Aert admitted he was surprised with the day’s result.

“I really didn’t expect this,” he said. “I was one week without the bike and it seems like nobody believed it was the best preparation. I just wanted to give it full gas for one hour. After the start I thought it would be a race for second place, but in the second lap I found my rhythm and when that worked I believed it was possible to win. Of course I was lucky Matheiu had a flat tire, so it was a little bit more easy for me to get back.”

A visibly emotional Van der Poel finished 44 seconds back in second after suffering what he claimed were several punctures on the day.

“It’s no fun to lose a race due to bad luck,” the 22-year-old told Sporza. “It’s the biggest disappointment of my career.

“Despite my disappointment, I had great fun for the full hour on this real ‘cross course. The punctures were just too much. It cost too much time and energy.”

Veteran Kevin Pauwels (BEL), who admittedly flatted three times, took third (+2:09), while Lars van der Haar (NED), Corne van Kessel (NED) and Laurens Sweeck (BEL) all crossed the line with flat tires immediately after.

Van der Haar, who has fully recovered since suffering a torn rectus femoris muscle during the Superprestige Ruddevoorde in November, was also frustrated with his own numerous flats.

“Six flats were too much to overcome,” Van der Haar told Sporza. “I think I could’ve gotten third place easily. I did everything to avoid punctures but it kept happening. I’m happy with fourth place though after what happened in November.”

Results

  • 1. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), 1:02:08
  • 2. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:02:52
  • 3. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), 1:04:17
  • 4. Lars VAN DER HAAR, (NED), 1:05:00
  • 5. Corne VAN KESSEL, (NED), 1:05:17
  • 6. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), 1:05:37
  • 7. Michael BOROŠ, (CZE), 1:05:55
  • 8. Gianni VERMEERSCH, (BEL), 1:06:10
  • 9. Simon ZAHNER, (SUI), 1:06:16
  • 10. Sascha WEBER, (GER), 1:06:37
  • 11. Jan NESVADBA, (CZE), 1:06:58
  • 12. Tim MERLIER, (BEL), 1:07:15
  • 13. Philipp WALSLEBEN, (GER), 1:07:15
  • 14. Severin SÄGESSER, (SUI), 1:07:26
  • 15. Nicola ROHRBACH, (SUI), 1:07:36
  • 16. Javier RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ, (ESP), 1:07:43
  • 17. Michael VANTHOURENHOUT, (BEL), 1:07:48
  • 18. Stephen HYDE, (USA), 1:07:49
  • 19. Julien TARAMARCAZ, (SUI), 1:08:05
  • 20. Luca BRAIDOT, (ITA), 1:08:13
  • 21. Matthieu BOULO, (FRA), 1:08:23
  • 22. Emil HEKELE, (CZE), 1:08:34
  • 23. Alois FALENTA, (FRA), 1:08:34
  • 24. Marcel WILDHABER, (SUI), 1:08:37
  • 25. Marek KONWA, (POL), 1:08:49
  • 26. Tomáš PAPRSTKA, (CZE), 1:08:57
  • 27. Ismael ESTEBAN AGUANDO, (ESP), 1:09:11
  • 28. Martin HARING, (SVK), 1:09:26
  • 29. Clement VENTURINI, (FRA), 1:09:46

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Bieles: Nieuwenhuis wins men’s U23 world title http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/bieles-nieuwenhuis-wins-mens-u23-world-title_429679 Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:26:16 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=429679 Dutchman Joris Nieuwenhuis emphatically claims the men's under-23 champion at the UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships on Sunday.

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A day after Great Britain’s clean sweep of the junior men’s podium, Dutchman Joris Nieuwenhuis emphatically struck his claim as the men’s under-23 champion at the UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg on Sunday.

The 20-year-old led from start to finish over a muddy course, which was churned up by the  elite women’s race on Saturday and rained on overnight, to claim his maiden rainbow jersey more than a minute (+1:23) over Felipe Orts Lloret (ESP) and fellow countryman Sieben Wouter (NED).

“It was really fantastic,” said last week’s U23 Hoogerheide World Cup winner, who also rides for the Team Sunweb development team on the road. “In the beginning, I immediately felt good. I knew before the race that I was ready for it but you don’t know in such a race like this, so I’m really happy. I just rode my own race and didn’t think of others. I knew I had to keep myself straight. I didn’t fall so that was good.”

Prior to the women’s action on Saturday, Tom Pidcock claimed the men’s junior title over compatriots Daniel Tulett and Benjamin Turner in an all-British final.

U23 men’s results

  • 1. Joris NIEUWENHUIS, (NED), 53:58
  • 2. Felipe ORTS LLORET, (ESP), 55:21
  • 3. Sieben WOUTERS, (NED), 55:27
  • 4. Thijs AERTS, (BEL), 55:32
  • 5. Nicolas CLEPPE, (BEL), 55:36
  • 6. Joshua DUBAU, (FRA), 55:54
  • 7. Gioele BERTOLINI, (ITA), 56:01
  • 8. Simon ANDREASSEN, (DEN), 56:26
  • 9. Quinten HERMANS, (BEL), 56:28
  • 10. Kelvin BAKX, (NED), 56:28
  • 11. Clement RUSSO, (FRA), 57:06
  • 12. Maik VAN DER HEIJDEN, (NED), 57:11
  • 13. Eddy FINE, (FRA), 57:12
  • 14. Lucas DUBAU, (FRA), 57:23
  • 15. Kobe GOOSSENS, (BEL), 57:37
  • 16. Johan JACOBS, (SUI), 57:37
  • 17. Eli ISERBYT, (BEL), 57:53
  • 18. Spencer PETROV, (USA), 57:56
  • 19. Yannick PEETERS, (BEL), 58:15
  • 20. Nadir COLLEDANI, (ITA), 58:19
  • 21. Timon RÜEGG, (SUI), 58:32
  • 22. Cooper WILLSEY, (USA), 58:32
  • 23. Manuel MÜLLER, (GER), 58:42
  • 24. Antonio FOLCARELLI, (ITA), 59:16
  • 25. Lance HAIDET, (USA), 1:00:21
  • 26. Marceli BOGUSLAWSKI, (POL),
  • 27. Simon VOZAR, (SVK),
  • 28. Maximilian MOBIS, (GER),
  • 29. Matej ULIK, (SVK),
  • 30. Michele BASSANI, (ITA),
  • 31. Gage HECHT, (USA)
  • 32. Luc TURCHI, (LUX)
  • 33. Maxx CHANCE, (USA)
  • 34. Lukas MEILER, (GER)
  • 35. Daniel MAYER, (CZE)
  • 36. Kevin KUHN, (SUI)
  • 37. Billy HARDING, (GBR)
  • 38. Niels RASMUSSEN, (DEN)
  • 39. David JARÝ, (CZE)
  • 40. Henrik JANSSON, (SWE)
  • 41. Christian STORGAARD, (DEN)
  • 42. Jonáš BREZINA, (CZE)
  • 43. Jokin ALBERDI MENDIZABAL, (ESP)
  • 44. Andreas Lund ANDRESEN, (DEN)
  • 45. Noah FRIES, (LUX)
  • 46. Trevor O’DONNELL, (CAN)
  • 47. Gosse VAN DER MEER, (NED)
  • 48. Ben WALKERDEN, (AUS)
  • 49. Hijiri ODA, (JPN)
  • 50. Jakob DORIGONI, (ITA)

Junior men’s results

  • 1. Thomas PIDCOCK, (GBR), in 41:24
  • 2. Daniel TULETT, (GBR), at 42:02
  • 3. Ben TURNER, (GBR), at 42:08
  • 4. Loris ROUILLER, (SUI), at 42:16
  • 5. Antoine BENOIST, (FRA), at 42:47
  • 6. Jelle CAMPS, (BEL), at 43:01
  • 7. Timo KIELICH, (BEL), at 43:19
  • 8. Toon VANDEBOSCH, (BEL), at 43:20
  • 9. Denzel STEPHENSON, (USA), at 43:31
  • 10. Niklas MARKL, (GER), at 43:34
  • 11. Ryan KAMP, (NED), at 43:34
  • 12. Mauro SCHMID, (SUI), at 44:09
  • 13. Erwann KERRAUD, (FRA), at 44:35
  • 14. Yentl BEKAERT, (BEL), at 44:44
  • 15. Jofre CULLELL ESTAPE, (ESP), at 44:45
  • 16. Jeremy MONTAUBAN, (FRA), at 44:54
  • 17. Lane MAHER, (USA), at 45:05
  • 18. Tim WOLLENBERG, (GER), at 45:23
  • 19. Thymen ARENSMAN, (NED), at 45:27
  • 20. Maxime BONSERGENT, (FRA), at 45:28
  • 21. Jan GAVENDA, (CZE), at 45:37
  • 22. Gunnar HOLMGREN, (CAN), at 45:39
  • 23. Wojciech CENIUCH, (POL), at 46:02
  • 24. Bart HAZEKAMP, (NED), at 46:11
  • 25. Brody SANDERSON, (CAN), at 46:11
  • 26. Bart ARTZ, (NED), at 46:12
  • 27. ŠImon VANÍCEK, (CZE), at 46:30
  • 28. Mikkel BERTELSEN, (DEN), at 46:31
  • 29. Erik FETTER, (HUN), at 46:37
  • 30. Koutarou MURAKAMI, (JPN), at 46:42
  • 31. Thomas MEIN, (GBR), at 47:07
  • 32. Caleb SWARTZ, (USA), at 47:11
  • 33. Calder WOOD, (USA), at 47:29
  • 34. Tomáš KOPECKÝ, (CZE), at 47:31
  • 35. Leonardo COVER, (ITA), at 47:32
  • 36. Ross ELLWOOD, (USA), at 47:33
  • 37. Radoslaw ROCLAWSKI, (POL), at 47:35
  • 38. Niklas PATINO, (DEN), at 47:46
  • 39. Nicola TAFFAREL, (ITA), at 47:48
  • 40. Félix SCHREIBER, (LUX), at 47:54
  • 41. David HONZÁK, (CZE), at 47:59
  • 42. Ken CONTER, (LUX), at 48:04
  • 43. Sam NOEL, (USA), at 48:24
  • 44. Ivan FEIJOO ALBERTE, (ESP), at 48:29
  • 45. Filippo FONTANA, (ITA), at 48:32
  • 46. Noah SIMMS, (CAN), at 48:35
  • 47. Alberto BRANCATI, (ITA), at 48:39
  • 48. Misch LEYDER, (LUX), at 48:52
  • 49. Bruno MARCHETTI, (ITA), at 50:54
  • 50. Mees HENDRIKX, (NED), at 41:25
  • 51. Adam BLAZEVIC, (AUS), at 41:25
  • 52. Jb MURPHY, (IRL), at 41:25
  • 53. Nicolas GUILLEMIN, (FRA), at 41:25
  • 54. Oliver ERREBO, (DEN), at 41:25
  • 55. Nicolas KESS, (LUX), at 41:25
  • 56. Gustaf DARRASSON, (ISL), at 41:25
  • 57. Luca BOCKELMANN, (GER), at 41:25
  • 58. Lukas MARKL, (GER), at 41:26
  • 59. Jakub SCHIERL, (CZE), at 41:26
  • 60. Tristan PARROTTA, (LUX), at 41:26
  • 61. David WESTHOFF-WITTWER, (GER), at 41:26
  • 62. Jakub VARHANOVSKY, (SVK), at 41:26
  • 63. Florian VERMEERSCH, (BEL), at 41:27

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Gallery: Women wrap CX world champs in Bieles http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/gallery-women-wrap-cx-world-champs-bieles_429638 Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:28:04 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=429638 Sanne Cant (BEL) and Annemarie Worst (NED) top the 2017 women's elite and under-23 world championship podiums in Luxembourg.

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Bieles: Cant crowned women’s CX world champion http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/bieles-cant-crowned-womens-cx-world-champion_429622 Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:08:07 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=429622 Sanne Cant (BEL) rides her way to a world title with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over seven-time champion Marianne Vos (NED) in

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After two years of podium finishes, Sanne Cant (BEL) finally rode her way to a world title with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over seven-time champion Marianne Vos (NED) over an icy course at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg on Saturday.

“I can’t believe it, the jersey is mine for a whole year,” said an emotional Cant after the race. “I dreamed of it since I was six years old and that was 20 years ago. I really can’t believe I beat Marianne Vos, she is a seven-time world champion … it is the most incredible day of my life.”

According to Cant, the day was also memorable for more patriotic reasons.

“It’s the first title to Belgium, first woman’s title ever,” she claimed. “So I make history today.”

After a fierce first half of the race between race leaders Vos, Lucinda Brand (NED), Eva Lechner (ITA) and Katerina Nash (CZE), things looked up for Cant, who had rallied back into second place, until a mishap at the bottom of a hairpin descent on lap 4 nearly cost her the race.

However, the 26-year-old remained calm and found herself back in the hunt after the Dutch champion, who is off two straight World Cup wins and looked to be on her way to a solo eighth world championship, had a mechanical midway through the final lap. The rivals swapped half a dozen leads with half a lap to go before an exhausted Vos was forced to concede the sprint win to Cant.

“I had a good feeling after my crash,” Cant explained. “My shoe was broken. I saw Marianne had trouble with her bike and I had a feeling I could win, but it was a really hard final and I am really happy with the win.”

Vos shared her disappointment after the race.

“I’m a bit disappointed,” she told Belgian network Sporza. “You know anything can happen in such a race. It was a fierce duel. We matched each other today, and then it came down to the last lap.

“She’s technically the best in the pack, so it would be hard to beat her on this course.”

Earlier in the day, Annemarie Worst (NED) took the under-23 world championship crown over American Ellen Noble and defending world champion Evie Richards (GBR).

In men’s junior action, it was a podium clean sweep for Great Britain with Tom Pidcock taking the title over compatriots Daniel Tulett and Benjamin Turner.

Elite women’s results

  • 1. Sanne CANT, (BEL), in 43:06
  • 2. Marianne VOS, (NED), at +0:01
  • 3. Katerina NASH, (CZE), at +0:21
  • 4. Lucinda BRAND, (NED), at +0:21
  • 5. Maghalie ROCHETTE, (CAN), at +0:36
  • 6. Eva LECHNER, (ITA), at +0:53
  • 7. Christine MAJURES, (LUX), at +1:21
  • 8. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), +1:21
  • 9. Nikki BRAMMEIER, (GBR), at +1:31
  • 10. Kaitlin ANTONNEAU, (USA), at +1:46
  • 11. Elle ANDERSON, (USA), at +2:29
  • 12. Caroline MANI, (FRA), at +2:40
  • 13. Amanda MILLER, (USA), at +2:49
  • 14. Marlene PETIT, (FRA), at +2:53
  • 15. Courtenay MCFADDEN, (USA), at +2:53
  • 16. Helen WYMAN, (GBR), at +3:06
  • 17. Alicia FRANCK, (BEL), at +3:12
  • 18. Lucie CHAINEL, (FRA), at +3:19
  • 19. Lucia GONZALEZ BLANCO, (ESP), at +3:29
  • 20. Mical DYCK, (CAN), at +4:27
  • 21. Rebecca FAHRINGER, (USA), at +4:49
  • 22. Lise-Marie HENZELIN, (SUI), at +5:13
  • 23. Nathalie LAMBORELLE, (LUX), at +5:51
  • 24. Cindy MONTAMBAULT, (CAN), at +6:06
  • 25. Magdalena SADLECKA, (POL), at +6:30
  • 26. Jolien VERSCHUEREN, (BEL), at +6:36
  • 27. Hannah PAYTON, (GBR), at +6:40
  • 28. Stefanie PAUL, (GER), at +8:05
  • 29. Eri YONAMINE, (JPN), at +8:15
  • 30. Miho IMAI, (JPN)
  • 31. Aida NUÑO PALACIO, (ESP)
  • 32. Naomi WILLIAMS, (AUS)
  • 33. Rikke LØNNE, (DEN)
  • 34. Kristina THRANE, (DEN)
  • 35. Waka TAKEDA, (JPN)
  • 36. Rebecca LOCKE, (AUS)
  • 37. Suzie GODART, (LUX)

U23 women’s results

  • 1. Annemarie WORST, (NED), in 43:47
  • 2. Ellen NOBLE, (USA), at 43:57
  • 3. Evie RICHARDS, (GBR), at 44:13
  • 4. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), at 44:55
  • 5. Manon BAKKER, (NED), at 45:28
  • 6. Nikola NOSKOVÁ, (CZE), at 45:31
  • 7. Ceylin DEL CARMEN ALVARADO, (NED), at 46:04
  • 8. Emma WHITE, (USA), at 46:24
  • 9. Malene DEGN, (DEN), at 46:32
  • 10. Inge VAN DER HEIJDEN, (NED), at 46:44
  • 11. Ffion JAMES, (GBR), at 46:49
  • 12. Hélène CLAUZEL, (FRA), at 47:13
  • 13. Chiara TEOCCHI, (ITA), at 47:18
  • 14. Nicole KOLLER, (SUI), at 47:20
  • 15. Evita MUZIC, (FRA), at 47:44
  • 16. Jana CZECZINKAROVÁ, (CZE), at 47:45
  • 17. Lisa PASTEINER, (AUT), at 47:46
  • 18. JADE WIEL, (FRA), at 48:40
  • 19. Nadja HEIGL, (AUT), at 48:48
  • 20. Silvia PERSICO, (ITA), at 49:01
  • 21. Hannah ARENSMAN, (USA), at 49:08
  • 22. Alicia GONZALEZ BLANCO, (ESP), at 49:10
  • 23. Sara CASASOLA, (ITA), at 49:19
  • 24. MAINA GALAND, (FRA), at 49:24
  • 25. Olivia HOTTINGER, (SUI), at 49:40
  • 26. Ruby WEST, (CAN), at 49:50
  • 27. Nicole FEDE, (ITA), at 49:52
  • 28. Kiyoka SAKAGUCHI, (JPN), at 50:02
  • 29. Lara KRÄHEMANN, (SUI), at 50:15
  • 30. Tereza VANÍCKOVÁ, (CZE), at 50:22
  • 31. Amira MELLOR, (GBR), at 50:25
  • 32. Agnieszka SZPOCINSKA, (POL), at 50:33
  • 33. Jessica LAMBRACHT, (GER), at 50:44
  • 34. Edie Antonia REES, (LUX), at 50:48
  • 35. Patrycja SWIERCZYNSKA, (POL), at 51:01
  • 36. Martina KUKULOVÁ, (CZE), at 51:44
  • 37. Emma SWARTZ, (USA), at 51:55
  • 38. Alba TERUEL RIBES, (ESP), at 52:00
  • 39. Francesca BARONI, (ITA), at 52:36
  • 40. Lindy VAN ANROOIJ, (NED)
  • 41. Ashley ZOERNER, (USA)
  • 42. Stacey RIEDEL, (AUS)
  • 43. Olivia NENDICK, (AUS)

Junior men’s results

  • 1. Thomas PIDCOCK, (GBR), in 41:24
  • 2. Daniel TULETT, (GBR), at 42:02
  • 3. Ben TURNER, (GBR), at 42:08
  • 4. Loris ROUILLER, (SUI), at 42:16
  • 5. Antoine BENOIST, (FRA), at 42:47
  • 6. Jelle CAMPS, (BEL), at 43:01
  • 7. Timo KIELICH, (BEL), at 43:19
  • 8. Toon VANDEBOSCH, (BEL), at 43:20
  • 9. Denzel STEPHENSON, (USA), at 43:31
  • 10. Niklas MARKL, (GER), at 43:34
  • 11. Ryan KAMP, (NED), at 43:34
  • 12. Mauro SCHMID, (SUI), at 44:09
  • 13. Erwann KERRAUD, (FRA), at 44:35
  • 14. Yentl BEKAERT, (BEL), at 44:44
  • 15. Jofre CULLELL ESTAPE, (ESP), at 44:45
  • 16. Jeremy MONTAUBAN, (FRA), at 44:54
  • 17. Lane MAHER, (USA), at 45:05
  • 18. Tim WOLLENBERG, (GER), at 45:23
  • 19. Thymen ARENSMAN, (NED), at 45:27
  • 20. Maxime BONSERGENT, (FRA), at 45:28
  • 21. Jan GAVENDA, (CZE), at 45:37
  • 22. Gunnar HOLMGREN, (CAN), at 45:39
  • 23. Wojciech CENIUCH, (POL), at 46:02
  • 24. Bart HAZEKAMP, (NED), at 46:11
  • 25. Brody SANDERSON, (CAN), at 46:11
  • 26. Bart ARTZ, (NED), at 46:12
  • 27. ŠImon VANÍCEK, (CZE), at 46:30
  • 28. Mikkel BERTELSEN, (DEN), at 46:31
  • 29. Erik FETTER, (HUN), at 46:37
  • 30. Koutarou MURAKAMI, (JPN), at 46:42
  • 31. Thomas MEIN, (GBR), at 47:07
  • 32. Caleb SWARTZ, (USA), at 47:11
  • 33. Calder WOOD, (USA), at 47:29
  • 34. Tomáš KOPECKÝ, (CZE), at 47:31
  • 35. Leonardo COVER, (ITA), at 47:32
  • 36. Ross ELLWOOD, (USA), at 47:33
  • 37. Radoslaw ROCLAWSKI, (POL), at 47:35
  • 38. Niklas PATINO, (DEN), at 47:46
  • 39. Nicola TAFFAREL, (ITA), at 47:48
  • 40. Félix SCHREIBER, (LUX), at 47:54
  • 41. David HONZÁK, (CZE), at 47:59
  • 42. Ken CONTER, (LUX), at 48:04
  • 43. Sam NOEL, (USA), at 48:24
  • 44. Ivan FEIJOO ALBERTE, (ESP), at 48:29
  • 45. Filippo FONTANA, (ITA), at 48:32
  • 46. Noah SIMMS, (CAN), at 48:35
  • 47. Alberto BRANCATI, (ITA), at 48:39
  • 48. Misch LEYDER, (LUX), at 48:52
  • 49. Bruno MARCHETTI, (ITA), at 50:54
  • 50. Mees HENDRIKX, (NED), at 41:25
  • 51. Adam BLAZEVIC, (AUS), at 41:25
  • 52. Jb MURPHY, (IRL), at 41:25
  • 53. Nicolas GUILLEMIN, (FRA), at 41:25
  • 54. Oliver ERREBO, (DEN), at 41:25
  • 55. Nicolas KESS, (LUX), at 41:25
  • 56. Gustaf DARRASSON, (ISL), at 41:25
  • 57. Luca BOCKELMANN, (GER), at 41:25
  • 58. Lukas MARKL, (GER), at 41:26
  • 59. Jakub SCHIERL, (CZE), at 41:26
  • 60. Tristan PARROTTA, (LUX), at 41:26
  • 61. David WESTHOFF-WITTWER, (GER), at 41:26
  • 62. Jakub VARHANOVSKY, (SVK), at 41:26
  • 63. Florian VERMEERSCH, (BEL), at 41:27

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2017-18 CX World Cup announced: No Vegas, Trek Cup added http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/2017-18-cx-world-cup-announced-no-vegas-trek-cup-added_429579 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:43:44 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=429579 UCI announces cyclocross World Cup calendar, adding a new U.S. race in Waterloo, Wisconsin, and leaving off Cross Vegas.

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The UCI Management Committee met in Bieles, Luxembourg Friday, where cyclocross world championships will take place Saturday and Sunday, and announced the 2017-2018 cyclocross World Cup schedule. CrossVegas, held in Las Vegas during the Interbike trade show, is no longer in the series; instead, a new U.S. stop has been added in Waterloo, Wisconsin, home of Trek bicycles.

Cross Vegas was the first World Cup race outside of Europe in 2015, and was also a World Cup in 2016, when world champion Wout Van Aert and Dutchwoman Sophie de Boer won the elite races. Trek has been hosting UCI cyclocross races at its Waterloo venue since 2013 and now has a chance to do so at the highest level.

Trek has hired race organizer Brook Watts, who also promotes CrossVegas, to organize the Waterloo race weekend, which will also include non-World Cup races Friday. “The U.S. continues to break new ground in cross and World Cup Waterloo is proof,” said Watts.

Also of note, the UCI announced that Bogense, Denmark will host the 2019 cyclocross world championships. Its spot on the 2017-18 World Cup calendar will offer organizers a chance to fine-tune the venue. Next year’s worlds will take place at Valkenberg, Netherlands.

“I am very happy with the way cyclocross has flourished in the last few years,” said UCI president Brian Cookson in a statement. “The awarding of the 2019 UCI World Championships to Bogense, in Denmark, a first for this country in nearly 20 years, is a sign of the internationalization of our discipline. I congratulate this major cycling nation for being awarded this event and look forward to it organizing a round of the 2017-2018 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.”

2017-18 UCI Cyclocross World Cup

September 16: Iowa City, USA
September 24: Waterloo, USA
October 22: Koksijde, Belgium
November 19: Bogense, Denmark
November 25: Zeven, Germany
December 17: Namur, Belgium
December 26: Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
January 21: Nommay, France
January 28: Hoogerheide, Netherlands

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Gallery: Luxembourg ‘cross worlds course recon http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/gallery/gallery-luxembourg-cross-worlds-course-recon_429557 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:09:01 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=429557 The world's best cyclocross racers tangle with a tough, slippery course in Bieles, Luxembourg, as they prepare for UCI world championships.

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Cyclocross worlds 2017 preview: More questions than answers http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/cyclocross-worlds-2017-preview-questions-answers_429333 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:04:44 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=429333 Dan Seaton admits he's at a loss to predict the 2017 UCI World Cyclocross Championships, which mean's it's bound to be great racing.

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Cyclocross fans, VeloNews readers, can I be honest with you? It’s a strange way to start a world championships preview, I know, but this has been a strange season, and we are living in a strange time. I’ve written about a dozen of these previews over the years, and I don’t recall ever feeling so unable to predict a race. Usually I write with some authority: “Watch Marianne Vos, she’s sure to do well.” Let’s leave aside the fact that admonishing readers to watch out for the single greatest cyclist in history is a fairly safe position to take. I’m telling you, this year I’ve got no clue.

If we had talked last year after the UCI’s big gala unveiling the 2017 cyclocross world championships, to be held in Bieles, Luxembourg (a presentation so memorable that it took me a good 10 minutes to recall if I had actually attended) I would have told you that it would be a fine but unspectacular race. The world championships almost always deliver something special, even when the course is vanilla and the competition a foregone conclusion (think Stybar vs. Nys in Hoogerheide, 2014) and my speculation was that Bieles would do little to break that mold.

Today I admit that I was wrong. I don’t think I can tell you who is likely to win, what the course is likely to deliver, or what kind of race to expect. So instead of my usual approach, sharing what I know, let me tell you what I don’t know.

I don’t know if the defending men’s world champion, Belgian Wout Van Aert, is ready for a race. Van Aert clinched the UCI’s World Cup title a couple of weekends ago on an almost comically slippery course in Fiuggi, Italy. But he skipped the World Cup finale in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, on Sunday and spent several days off the bike with a knee injury. A tweet on Monday, suggested he is back on the bike, but will the time off leave him fresh or flat for Sunday’s elite men’s race?

I don’t know what to make of the Netherlands’s elite men’s squad. Led by 2015 world champion Mathieu van der Poel, the squad also boasts 2008 world champion Lars Boom and 2016 worlds runner-up Lars van der Haar. Van der Poel would seem a hands-down favorite, but he skipped the penultimate World Cup in Fiuggi to train, and finished an anonymous 24th place in Hoogerheide. Van der Haar, meanwhile, spent the bulk of the season nursing injuries off the bike. Since his return to cyclocross in late December, he has been nearly invisible — until Sunday, when he stormed to an impressive World Cup win. Is he a real contender or just lucky that the others sat up to rest legs ahead of the championships? And can Boom pull out something special? His season results have been pretty lackluster, but he’s the only other former champion in the race, and remains a talented rider.

I can’t tell you what to expect from the rest of the men’s field either. Belgian Toon Aerts, the reigning European Champion, would be an outside favorite if an ugly crash in Fiuggi had not ended his season. Belgians Kevin Pauwels, Tom Meeusen, Laurens Sweeck, and Michael Vanthourenhout all deserve consideration for a place on the podium, as do France’s Clement Venturini and Germany’s Marcel Meisen. The smart money is probably on a Van Aert versus van der Poel duel, but at worlds, anything can happen.

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Marianne Vos has been on a tear since the Kerstperiode races. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

For that matter, I’m at even more of a loss when it comes to the women. Any other year, Vos, with her seven world titles, would be an undisputed favorite, but Vos is just back to cyclocross after almost two full seasons away due to injury and overtraining. On the other hand, with a newly reclaimed Dutch title and three straight World Cup wins, it’s hard to doubt she has found her legs again. But the championship race on Saturday will be her first real high-pressure test. Can she measure up and reclaim the rainbows she last wore in 2014?

One thing we do know is that there will be no repeat champion in the women’s race — 2016 champion Thalita de Jong will miss the race thanks to injuries sustained in a heavy fall on Sunday in Hoogerheide. De Jong has had consistent if unspectacular results this season, but as a defending champ, would deserve consideration behind Vos.

But I don’t know quite who to look to in her absence. A long list of perennial favorites — American Katie Compton, Belgian Sanne Cant, Czech Katerina Nash, Sophie de Boer and Lucinda Brand of the Netherlands, Italian Eva Lechner, and France’s Caroline Mani — all deserve consideration but bear question marks. Compton is back with renewed focus and a more carefully tailored training and travel plan this season, but suffered falls and flats that hindered her efforts Hoogerheide. Will she be fully recovered in time for Saturday’s race? Cant has been closing in on worlds success for years, but has yet to earn the sport’s top prize. She has not been as consistent this season; could she still break through? And what about Luxembourg’s Christine Majerus? She’d be a sleeper pick, but magic often happens when racing in one’s home country.

Of the women’s race, I can only say this. Watch Vos (of course) but more importantly, watch this race. With a hugely talented, wide-open field, this will very likely be the best race of the weekend.

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Can Katie Compton make a run at a rainbow jersey in 2017? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Here’s one more key question: what can the American team deliver? America’s best shot for a medal is almost surely in the under-23 women’s race on Saturday. Ellen Noble, who clinched the under-23 World Cup title last Sunday, would be a good bet for a medal in the elite women’s race, and is a sure favorite on Saturday. Emma White, will likely be right behind her. They’ll have to fend off the 2016 champion, Britain’s Evie Richards, as well as the Netherlands’s Annemarie Worst, and Belgium’s Laura Verdornschot for a place on the podium, but odds seem favorable that they can do it.

America comes with a strong roster in the men’s youth categories too: Curtis White, Gage Hecht, Spencer Petrov, and Maxx Chance are all familiar favorites in the under-23 category, while juniors Denzel Stephenson and Lane Maher both have a shot at top-10 finishes. A strong women’s squad, headlined by Compton with Amanda Miller, Kaitie Antonneau, Rebecca Fahringer, Coutenay McFadden, and Elle Anderson is arguably the deepest in their race besides the Netherlands. The men’s team, anchored by new national champ Stephen Hyde and veteran Jeremy Powers, could also have a shot at a top-10 finish in the right conditions.

Which brings us to the last and possibly biggest unknown. What will those conditions be? Video posted by the Belgian paper Het Laatste Nieuws of Sven Nys’s course tour showed a roller-coaster up-and-down, twisty race with plenty of gnarly off-camber to keep riders on (or off) their toes. Parts of the course were, as of Monday’s video anyway, covered in a thick layer of snow thanks to unusually cold conditions in Europe in recent weeks.

Nys called the course one of the nicest — and most difficult — in recent world championships memory. Indeed, though early previews of the course suggested a fast, largely flat affair, my impression is the course shares similarities to the exciting course in Milton Keynes, a World Cup stop in the UK in 2014. I’m with Nys on this one, the course looks fantastic.

With the weather forecast to warm up in the coming days, and plenty of training traffic on course as well, will the snow stick around? Will there be mud? Frozen and fast conditions? Only time will tell.

That’s a lot of questions, cyclocross fans. But all those questions add up to one thing I can say for certain: you should expect great racing this weekend. Don’t miss it.

The cyclocross world championships kick off with the junior men’s race on Saturday at 5 a.m. Eastern, U23 women at 7, and elite women at 9. Racing continues Sunday with the U23 men at 5 a.m. EST and elite men at 9.

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Hyde: We need a pro ‘cross schedule that makes sense http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/hyde-need-pro-cross-schedule-makes-sense_429042 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:30:08 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=429042 Stephen Hyde says he wants the U.S. cyclocross scene to harness its strong fields with a cohesive, focused series for pro racers.

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The state of American cyclocross is strong, according to Stephen Hyde, who recently won his first ‘cross national championship in Hartford, Connecticut. But Hyde, a relative newcomer to the top of the American cyclocross rankings, says he wants to see the national schedule improved and streamlined.

“As for the domestic scene, we need a revamp on our series. We don’t have a series. The Pro CX is there, yes. It’s exciting to have that series, but it’s too big,” he said a few days before the World Cup final in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.

Unlike some U.S. cyclocross stalwarts, such as Jonathan Page, Jeremy Powers, or Jamey Driscoll, who have made podium appearances at nationals going back to the early 2000s, Hyde might have a fresh perspective on American ‘cross. Hyde’s first UCI win came in 2013 at Charm City Cyclocross, and he didn’t reach a nationals podium until 2016.

“Right now I think we are in a really good position from a participation level. I think from a ridership level, we’ve got some really good riders right now. We’ve got better riders now than we’ve had in a long time,” said the 30-year-old, who admits he sometimes doubts if his generation will live up to the pros of the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross heyday in the early 2000s.

But Hyde, with seven UCI wins under his belt in 2016, plus the 2017 Stars and Stripes jersey, has come into his own, and he is open with his critiques of the current schedule.

“I think they did a really good job of promoting it this year,” he said of USA Cycling and its Pro CX calendar. “What they’re promoting, though I think could be more solid.”

The Massachusetts resident also wants to see more unity with West Coast racing. “It would be really cool if the OBRA crowd got involved with some more UCI racing,” he said. “I know there’s a lot of politics in it; they have a great scene, and they don’t need to leave. But every year I hear the same stories — ‘Oh I can’t go to nationals because I don’t have a UCI point, I’d have to travel all over.’ They can fix that. I’m not saying it’s perfect, but they can fix that. Everyone could come together on some solid ground.”

With the 2016 domestic ‘cross season over — Hyde handily won the Pro CX series, by the way — he’s in Europe and focused on world championships, along with three major races to follow at Maldegem, Lille, and Hoogstraten.

Though his racing is now far from the States, and he disarmingly says “rant over” after talking about the schedule, his opinion stands: “We need a race schedule that makes sense.”

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Gallery: Double Dutch treat in Hoogerheide http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/gallery-double-dutch-treat-hoogerheide_428950 Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:48:24 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428950 Dutch riders Lars van der Haar and Marianne Vos claim final round of the elite men's and women's Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup series.

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Hoogerheide: Van der Haar closes World Cup with win http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/hoogerheide-van-der-haar-closes-world-cup-series-win_428939 Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:52:49 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428939 Lars van der Haar caps a double over the weekend with win in final round of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup series in Hoogerheide.

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Lars van der Haar appeared to be back in fine fashion with a decisive win at the final round of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup series in Hoogerhiede on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Dutch rider, who returned last month at Heusden-Zolder following an injury suffered at the Superprestige Ruddevoorde in November, backed up his first win for Telenet-Fidea at Rucphen on Saturday with a 44-second solo victory over his teammates Tom Meeusen and Corne van Kessel just 24 hours later.

Reigning world champion Wout van Aert, who skipped the race to prepare for next week’s world championships in Bieles, Luxembourg, had already claimed the overall series win after Fiuggi last week.

Joris Nieuwenhuis also soloed to victory in the men’s under-23 race as he took the win 28 seconds over Clement Russo from France and 40 seconds ahead of Thijs Aerts.

Top 10

  • 1. Lars VAN DER HAAR, (NED), Telenet-Fidea Lions, in 1:03:32
  • 2. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), Telenet-Fidea Lions, at +0:44
  • 3. Corne VAN KESSEL, (NED), Telenet-Fidea Lions, at +0:45
  • 4. Clement VENTURI, (FRA), Cofidis, at +0:47
  • 5. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), Marlux-Napoleon Games, +0:47
  • 6. Tim MERLIER, (BEL), Crelan-Charlesteam, +0:51
  • 7. Gianni VERMEERSCH, (BEL), Team Steylaerts, +0:53
  • 8. Marcel MEISEN, (GER), Steylaerts-Verona, +0:54
  • 9. Jim AERNOUTS, (BEL), Telenet-Fidea Lions, +0:54
  • 10. Philipp WALSEBEN, (GER), Beobank-Corendeon, +0:54

World Cup final standings

  • 1. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), Crelan-Charlesteam, at 530 points
  • 2. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), Marlux-Napoleon Games, 474
  • 3. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), Telenet-Fidea Lions, 447
  • 4. Michael VANTHOURENHOUT, (BEL), Marlux-Napoleon Games, 384
  • 5. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), ERA-Circus, 373
  • 6. Corne VAN KESSEL, (NED), Telenet-Fidea Lions, 345
  • 7. Tim MERLIER, (BEL), Crelan-Charlesteam, 344
  • 8. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), Beobank-Corendon,  304
  • 9. Toon AERTS, (BEL), Telenet-Fidea Lions, 301
  • 10. Marcel MEISEN, (GER), Steylaerts-Verona, 297

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Hoogerheide: Vos wins final World Cup round http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/hoogerheide-vos-wins-final-world-cup-round_428933 Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:03:54 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428933 Marianne Vos led an all-Dutch podium after claiming her third World Cup win of the season in the series final round in Hoogerhieide.

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Marianne Vos (WM3 Energie) has been on a tear the past three weeks. The seven-time world champion, who recently reclaimed her national title in Sint-Michielsgestel followed by her second world cup win last week in Fiuggi, was victorious once again leading an all Dutch podium in Hoogerheide on Sunday.

Vos soloed to her third win in the final round over Lucinda Brand (+0:13) and under-23 winner Annemarie Worst (+0:15).

Reigning world champion Thalita de Jong was rushed to the hospital following a nasty crash during the race. However the 23-year-old Dutch rider took to Twitter following the incident to inform her fans the extent of her knee injury.

Sophie de Boer (Breepark), who finished eighth on the day, had already wrapped up the overall series title last week in Italy. Vos finished 12th in the final World Cup standings.

Top 10

  • 1. Marianne VOS, (NED), in 42:48
  • 2. Lucinda BRAND, (NED), at +0:13
  • 3. Annemarie WORST, (NED), at +0:15
  • 4. Sanne CANT, (BEL), at +0:17
  • 5. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), at +0:21
  • 6. Evie RICHARDS, (GBR), at +0:22
  • 7. Katerina NASH, (CZE), at +0:22
  • 8. Sophie DE BOER, (NED), at +0:22
  • 9. Maud KAPTHEIJNS, (NED), at +0:32
  • 10. Christine MAJERUS, (LUX), at +0:35

World Cup final standings

  • 1. Sophie DE BOER, (NED), at 484 points
  • 2. Sanne CANT, (BEL), 395
  • 3. Katerina NASH, (CZE), 393
  • 4. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), 353
  • 5. Eva LECHNER, (ITA), 298
  • 6. Ellen NOBLE, (USA), 282
  • 7. Amanda MILLER, (USA), 279
  • 8. Caroline MANI, (FRA),  270
  • 9. Katherine COMPTON, (USA), 259
  • 10. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), 246

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Champ chat: Hyde on Euro ‘cross, nationals after-party, start-line dogs http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/champ-chat-hyde-euro-cross-nationals-party-start-line-dogs_428624 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:29:27 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428624 U.S. cyclocross champion Stephen Hyde talks Hoogerheide and worlds goals, CX Nats after-party hijinks, and the European racers' love of

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Cyclocross racing will reach its crescendo in a little over a week at UCI World Championships in Biele, Luxembourg, January 28-29. So we got in touch with newly minted U.S. champion Stephen Hyde, who is already in Europe for Sunday’s Hoogerheide World Cup, to talk about his expectations, the CX Nats after-party, his friendship with world champ Wout Van Aert, and more.

VeloNews: Were you bummed to miss that super slippery World Cup race in Italy?

Stephen Hyde: No absolutely not. I was so comfortable here. I was sitting down with a nice cup of coffee. I was watching the race, texting friends who also weren’t there saying, “Man, how stoked are you that you’re not there? I’m really stoked, this is great!” It looked crazy. Kerry Werner is here, Sittard, at the USAC house in Netherlands. Before Toon Aerts hit that tree, he was on the other side of the barrier also laying underneath that tree, bruised some ribs. Everybody got hurt that went there. It was pretty crazy. I’m not saying they shouldn’t have had it, but it was a pretty crazy cyclocross race.

VN: What are your expectations for Hoogerheide and worlds?

SH: I’ve been pretty consistent with my top-20 to 10th placings, and I didn’t necessarily get any fitter over nationals break. I did a lot of traveling, came back over. I hope to be consistent with that, I hope to be somewhere around that 15th to 10th place would be ideal. Outside of Iowa I haven’t landed a 10th or better at any of the World Cups. Depending on the weather. It’s pretty cold right now here. Normally it’s pretty wet and muddy. It’s been sunny and cold, 24, 22 degrees every day. All the mud is kind of solid. It could be a different Hoogerheide than I’ve ever raced. Which might play out to my advantage … Maybe it’ll be faster for everybody, and I’ll be in the same place, you never know.

In the U.S. I can be like, “OK, this race is going to be great for me, or this person is going to be good here.” You don’t necessarily have that luxury here. You can’t just be like, “I’m really good at slippery icy conditions … Oh wait, no, everybody else here is here, too, they’re all super good at this. Crap.”

VN: Give us a quick assessment of your performance at nationals. What letter grade would you give yourself?

SH: I would say like an A-minus. I did win, I’m happy about that. That was a passing grade. I was really happy about my preparation. I’ve never ridden in those conditions. I’ve never raced on ice like that. You’ve got guys like [Jon] Page, Todd Wells, Jamie [Driscoll]. I called Jamie as being the favorite outside of hopefully myself. I was like “Oh god, he’s going to be good.” Skier, the guy’s grown up on this stuff, from Vermont.

I’ve seen him race to good placings in conditions that required a similar effort. A lot of not using your brakes, a lot of easy accelerating and just really steady. I’m a punchy rider so for me, it was like, OK I need to focus 100 percent on not falling. You couldn’t open up. There wasn’t anywhere to pedal. It was all just not falling down. We all fell down, everybody fell down. I give it an A-minus for my probably four times falling and still winning [laughs].

VN: Jeremy Powers said that it’s customary for the winner to buy some beers at the nationals after-party. Did you do that in Hartford? Any good stories from the bar?

SH: David from CCAP put on a pretty cool little after-party at one of the breweries there … And no one would let me buy any drinks! We ended up going to a couple of bars that night and partied. Luckily a lot of people came out. It was really nice to see everybody. You look forward to that. Nationals is like, okay win or lose, bad race, good race, everyone’s going to go out and we’re all going to go celebrate the season, look forward to a new beginning. Some of us are going to continue to race but for a lot of people, it’s the end of their season. It’s always a good time.

But no I didn’t buy any drinks, no one would let me. I turned down some drinks! I had a couple of people come up, “Dude, congratulations, you gotta do some shots with us.” I was nursing this cold, my voice went out. I was like, I’m sorry I can’t I still have to travel and race. I feel bad. Dudes that offered that: I’ll take you up on it some other time, I promise.

VN: Worlds will be at a relatively new venue this year. Do you have any beta on this Luxembourg course?

SH: There’s a UCI teaser video — it’s always hard to tell from a GoPro. Everybody looks at every nationals course and we’re like “That looks really lame,” and it turns out it’s the hardest thing ever. The difference here is that through the GoPro video it actually looks really hard. I’m gonna assume it’s going to be another hour in hell, hour and 15 minutes in hell. It looks really really punchy, a lot of up and down on the side of this big hill, goes through a construction site. I don’t know what the weather is going to be like. I’m not a guy that flips through the weather channel constantly. I kind of leave it up to the day and send it. I don’t know if it’s a talent or a curse.

VN: You like punchy courses — is that your strength, when it comes to Euro ‘cross races specifically?

SH: If you look at courses like Iowa or Spa or Overjise. All of them I’ve had decent results in. They’re all kind of an old-school mountain bike course. Uphill, pretty steep climb, and then some pretty tricky downhill stuff. If I can just get a half lap of doing efforts, half a lap of descending, then I can do some damage.

VN: And your weakness in those races?

SH: There’s so many of them! There’s so many holes in the armor there. These guys, their thresholds are higher, they race in these conditions, they’re different, the soil texture is a lot different; RPM changes are different. I struggle with finding traction, on a lot of these courses where it’s real slick on top. I struggle on the low RPM work. I’ve come a long way on my running. It’s super high-speed, stuff we don’t see in the U.S. It’s generally faster every lap than I’m used to. I’m not going to say the courses are harder. I think that’s kind of a misconception. … Granted they’re harder than most of the courses [in the U.S.]; you get most of your challenge out of doing the same thing at higher speed, at more exhaustion. Just kind of having to close your eyes and go for it.

VN: Jeremy Powers said you Snapchat Wout Van Aert — what’s the best snap he’s sent you?

SH: Who’s Jeremy? [laughs] He half-lied. I don’t have a Snapchat. But I haven’t been afraid to just Facebook message or Instagram message any of these guys over here. Whatever, they’re no different to anyone at home to me. Wout’s been really cool. Ever since I met him last year. I’m a racer, but I’m also a fan too. The ones that you can reach out to, the ones that kind of show some humanity, I love those guys. Wout’s been great. There’s a number of Euro riders over here that I really enjoy their company, I look up to. Wout’s like I don’t know how many years younger than me. … He’s a baby! You’re a little bit of a nerd a little bit of fan.

VN: His Instagrams of his dog are so funny.

SH: All these guys over here have dogs! Van der Poels have that Dalmatian. Michael Vanthourenhout has this little poodle or Chihuahua thing or something. Their girlfriends come to the start line with their dogs. It’s something you don’t see on the camera. They all have their little dog on the start line or the finish line — I wish they would show that!

No, Jeremy’s the one running around with Snapchat glasses. He’s got the glasses, have you seen those? He is full nerd! [laughs]

VN: I gave you a nickname on the VeloNews Show the other week. Some people didn’t like it, so it’s only fair for you to give me a nickname. Don’t hold back, fire away.

SH: I couldn’t come up with one. I really couldn’t. I feel like if you get a nickname out of me it can’t be spoken in public anyways. That’s the only way my brain works! That’s when we’re cool, is if I give you a nickname, and it’s mildly offensive.

VN: So my nickname is redacted?

SH: Yeah, sorry. [laughs].

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Fiuggi Gallery: Van Aert, Vos top penultimate World Cup round http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/fiuggi-gallery-van-aert-vos-top-penultimate-world-cup-round_428037 Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:06:01 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428037 The post Fiuggi Gallery: Van Aert, Vos top penultimate World Cup round appeared first on VeloNews.com.

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Van Aert clinches World Cup series with Fiuggi win http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/van-aert-clinches-world-cup-series-fiuggi-win_428030 Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:55:21 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428030 Wout Van Aert wins the eighth round of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Fiuggi and clinches series title with one round remaining.

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Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan) won the eighth round of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup ahead of German Marcel Meisen and fellow Belgian Tom Meeusen in Fiuggi, Italy on Sunday.

The world champion had to fight in the initial laps of the race with Meisen setting a great pace over the climbs and down the technical descents. However, in the second part of the race, Van Aert opened the throttle and the others had to struggle just to reserve their own positions.

The 22-year-old reigning world champion is now guaranteed to win the overall series with just one final race  to be held in Hoogerheide (NED) on January 22.

“I am very happy with that,” said Van Aert. “It is a very good thing to go into the last round of the World Cup next week without any stress for the overall classification so we can really focus for the worlds from now on.”

When asked about a crash involving rival countryman Toon Aerts, Van Aert sent his regards.

“I heard he made a bad crash on a tricky downhill section,” he said. “I hope Toon is well.”

In men’s under-23 action, 19-year-old Eli Iserbyt (BEL) of Marlux-Napoleon Games took first in a time of 49:34, 18 seconds ahead of Italian Gioele Bertolini and fellow Belgian Quinten Hermans.

Top 10

  • 1. Wout VAN AERT, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN, in 1:05:03
  • 2. Marcel MEISEN, at :18
  • 3. Tom MEEUSEN, TELENET-FIDEA LIONS, at :27
  • 4. Kevin PAUWELS, MARLUX-NAPOLEON GAMES, at :39
  • 5. Tim MERLIER, VERANDAS WILLEMS-CRELAN, at :46
  • 6. Michael VANTHOURENHOUT, MARLUX-NAPOLEON GAMES, at 1:12
  • 7. Klaas VANTORNOUT, MARLUX-NAPOLEON GAMES, at 1:16
  • 8. Lars VAN DER HAAR, TELENET-FIDEA LIONS, at 1:24
  • 9. Jim AERNOUTS, TELENET-FIDEA LIONS, at 1:27
  • 10. Corne VAN KESSEL, TELENET-FIDEA LIONS, at 1:42

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Vos wins second World Cup race of season http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/vos-wins-second-world-cup-race-season_428024 Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:51:00 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=428024 Dutch champion Marianne Vos (WM3 Energie) won her second World Cup race of the season at Fiuggi Regione Lazio in Italy on Sunday.

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A week after reclaiming her Dutch title in Sint-Michielsgestel, seven-time cyclo-cross world champion Marianne Vos (WM3 Energie) won her second World Cup race of the season at Fiuggi Regione Lazio in Italy on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Olympic champion took the penultimate stage of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Series in convincing style over Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and 2016 Dutch champion Sophie de Boer (Breepark) after five laps and a distance of 13.58 kilometres.

“It’s different than all the races,” claimed Vos after the race. “We have some slippery races, but here in the woods it’s like ice. So you have to find some balance and shoot your own path, and I think I was able to do that on my own.”

When asked how she was able to avoid trouble on the treacherous course, Vos explained: “Of course take the good lines … have good grip with your tires, with your shoes and in the end it’s about not panicking and being able to cope with the circumstances.”

Dutch rider Annemarie Worst (Giant) crossed the line in fourth as the first under-23 arrival.

Top 10

  • 1. Marianne VOS, (NED), in 41:26
  • 2. Katerina NASH, (CZE), at :40
  • 3. Sophie DE BOER, (NED), at :59
  • 4. Annemarie WORST, (NED), at 1:00
  • 5. Eva LECHNER, (ITA), at 1:34
  • 6. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), at 1:45
  • 7. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), at 1:57
  • 8. Ellen NOBLE, (USA), at 2:05
  • 9. Chiara TEOCCI, (ITA), at 2:17
  • 10. Nikola NOSKOVA, (CZE), at 2:17

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USA Cycling names 2017 cyclocross worlds team http://www.velonews.com/2017/01/news/usa-cycling-names-2017-cyclocross-worlds-team_427718 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:41:25 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=427718 USA Cycling names 30 riders to its world cyclocross championships team. National champs Hyde and Compton lead the squad to Luxembourg.

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USA Cycling named the American team for 2017 UCI World Cyclocross Championships on Tuesday. The 30-rider squad will head to Bieles, Luxembourg to race January 28-29.

The announcement follows Sunday’s snowy, cold U.S. championships races in Hartford, Connecticut, where Stephen Hyde won his first national title, and Katie Compton won her 13th.

Elite Men

Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo Cycling Team; Westhampton, MA)
Stephen Hyde* (Cannondale Cyclocrossword; Easthampton, MA)
Jack Kisseberth (Jam Fund-NCC; Easthampton, MA)
Travis Livermon (Maxxis – Shimano; Winston Salem, NC)
Tobin Ortenblad* (Santa Cruz Factory Racing; Santa Cruz, CA)
Jeremy Powers* (Aspire Racing; Easthampton, MA)
Kerry Werner (Kona Endurance Team; Birdsboro, PA)

Elite Women

Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing; Oakland, CA)
Kaitlin Antonneau* (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld; Racine, WI)
Katie Compton* (Trek – Panache; Colorado Springs, CO)
Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D. Foundation; Concord, NH)
Courtenay McFadden (American Classic – Zones; Bellingham, WA)
Amanda Miller* (Boulder Cycle Sport – YogaGlo; Fort Collins, CO)

U23 Men

Maxx Chance (Evol DevoElite Racing; Boulder, CO.)
Lance Haidet* (Raleigh – Clement; San Luis Obispo, CA)
Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru; Parker, CO)
Spencer Petrov (Cyclocross Alliance; Mason, OH)
Curtis White* (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld; Delanson, NY)
Cooper Willsey (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld; Hinesburg, VT)

U23 Women

Hannah Arensman (J.A. King – BR’C; Rutherford College, NC)
Ellen Noble* (Aspire Racing; Kennebunkport, ME)
Emma Swartz (Trek Cyclocross Collective; Madison, WI)
Emma White (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld; Delanson, NY)
Ashley Zoerner (Alpha Bicycle Co. – Vista Subaru; Highlands Ranch, CO)

Junior Men

Ross Ellwood (Boulder Junior Cycling; Boulder, CO)
Lane Maher* (Hands on Cycling; Harwinton, CT)
Sam Noel (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld; Shelburne, VT)
Denzel Stephenson* (Boulder Junior Cycling; Boulder, CO)
Caleb Swartz (Trek Cyclocross Collective; Madison, WI)
Calder Wood (Rad Racing NW; Anacortes, WA)

* Automatic bid

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