Cyclocross – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:16:11 +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 Wout Van Aert wins third straight DVV Trophy-Essen http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/wout-van-aert-wins-third-straight-dvv-trophy-essen-race_426187 http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/wout-van-aert-wins-third-straight-dvv-trophy-essen-race_426187#respond Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:29:27 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=426187 Reining world champion Wout van Aert won the DVV Trophy for the third straight year Saturday.

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Reigning world champion Wout Van Aert won the DVV Trophy in Essen for the third straight year Saturday, beating Kevin Pauwels by 18 seconds.

Van Aert, 22, finished in 1 hour, 56 seconds. Tom Meeusen came back from the pack to finish third in 1 hour, 36 seconds.

Halfway through the DVV-Trofee series, Van Aert maintains the overall lead at 4 hours, 3 minutes and 16 seconds. Pauwels is in second 2 minutes and 34 seconds back.

The series continues next Saturday at the Schelecross in Antwerp, Belgium.

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VN Show: Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/video/vn-show-single-speed-cyclocross-world-championships_425870 http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/video/vn-show-single-speed-cyclocross-world-championships_425870#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:36:59 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=425870 What do you get when you cross a bicycle race with a costume party, add plenty of booze, mustaches, mud, and pandemonium?

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What do you get when you cross a bicycle race with a costume party, add plenty of booze, mustaches, and mud, and sprinkle in a healthy dose of pandemonium? You guessed it, you get Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships.

On this week’s VeloNews Show we analyze all of the storylines from this year’s SSCXWC. Our man Spencer Powlison attended the event in Portland, Oregon. He interviewed cyclocross’s most famous man, Sven Nys, and took in the carnage from the event (yoga ball pit, lake jump, stripper shortcut). So sit back and enjoy the mud, cowbells, and takes!

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Why was Sven Nys at singlespeed CX worlds? http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/sven-nys-singlespeed-cx-worlds_425835 http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/sven-nys-singlespeed-cx-worlds_425835#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:25:31 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=425835 The greatest cyclocross racer of all time, Sven Nys, took part in the silliest cyclocross race ever in Portland. He was a good sport.

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PORTLAND, Oregon (VN) — The fans didn’t seem to notice Sven Nys as he walked through the muddy field. A keen eye would recognize his elfin visage, but the growing crowd was distracted by other things — a ramp jump into a pond, the pandemonium of the ball pit, a drum line — this was Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships, after all.

Still, there was Nys, the two-time world champ and six-time World Cup overall winner, standing amongst the weirdos, coated in muck. So we walked up to cyclocross’s most famous man to talk about mud, tattoos, and the overall state of cyclocross.

“There is time now to do some fun things,” Nys said. Dominant throughout his 18-year career, Nys said he came to Portland, Oregon to experience this uniquely American alleyway of his Belgian sport.

The 40-year-old is retired, but he’s not done riding his bicycle through mud. So when the opportunity to come to SSCXWC, he obliged. “There was also a question from Trek to do a fun race during the season. It’s a combination of Trek and me that wants to do something like this,” he said.

When asked about the state of European cyclocross, Nys admitted that, back home, elite racing isn’t booming like it was when he raced. “It’s on a plateau right now. Well we had a lot of successful years with a lot of interesting riders. People who are now leading in the sport are really young. So a lot of fans stopped coming to cyclocross. And it needs to grow again.”

This season’s prominent rivalry between Dutchman Matheiu van der Poel and Belgian Wout Van Aert may satisfy avid fans, but it has yet to fully blossom. “Let us give them a little bit of time,” Nys said. “They are really young and they need to grow also in that kind of things.”

In Portland, it was clear that the Belgian appreciated the broad base of participants drawn to the sport for revelry, rather than elite-level racing. After all, what race in Europe features a mud pit filled with the inflatable fit balls you’d find at a yoga studio?

Over the years, Nys has been open-minded about how cyclocross can grow and thrive. He was supportive of the first world championships outside of Europe, in held in 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky, where he won his second rainbow jersey. And he raced Cross Vegas, another event with American ‘cross flair, before it was a World Cup. Global ‘cross events, he said, can learn from single-speed worlds.

“Cyclocross needs to be fun,” he said. “That it’s different than other disciplines. That everybody can do it. It’s not so technical that if you have a cyclocross bike, you can have fun in the mud. That’s the feeling we all have, even when you are a professional cyclist.”

Based on his demeanor and actions, Nys had fun in Portland. In his familiar, aggressive position, he sped across the muddy turf. Eventually, more people recognized him, even though his skinsuit had a tongue-and-cheek misspelling of his name (S. Nice). But he didn’t look exactly like the rider we watched win dozens of World Cups and Superprestige races. There was a broad smile across Nys’s face. At one point, he took a moment to boot a yoga ball at the crowd. And by most accounts, “The Cannibal from Baal” was generous enough to give Adam Craig a clean shot at another winner’s tattoo, the race’s dubious laurel.

Yep, we’re pretty sure Nys let Craig win. After all, had Nys won, he would have been required to get the legendary winner’s tattoo, which is hard to miss.

“If I win, I need to have a tattoo. That’s the rule,” he said before the race, as pandemonium reigned in the morning “B” race.

Flush with titles and trophies of his own, Nys wasn’t in Portland to win this not-so-serious, definitely unofficial worlds. “The reason is to have fun on the bike to promote cyclocross overall. That’s why we are here.” By “we,” Nys meant himself and Trek, but really, the sentiment encompassed all — a man wearing a “Star Wars” X-Wing pilot costume, standing next to Nys at the start, a wizard holding a beer bong in the middle of the track, the “dancers” on the course’s one-dollar shortcut. Everyone.

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Van der Poel, Cant win Zilvermeercross http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/van-der-poel-cant-win-zilvermeercross_425818 http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/van-der-poel-cant-win-zilvermeercross_425818#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:01:51 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=425818 Mathieu Van der Poel and Sanne Cant bounce back from Superprestige losses with wins at Zilvermeercross.

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A day after finishing a distant second in the men’s and women’s Superprestige at Spa-Francorchamps, Mathieu Van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Sanne Cant (Enertherm-Beobank) rode back to the top of the podium in their respective categories at Zilvermeercross on Sunday, December 4.

The reigning Dutch national champion, who was fresh off a World Cup victory in Zeven, Germany, was denied his fifth-straight Superprestige win by reigning world champion Wout van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice), who picked up his first Superprestige victory of the season and his first win since Koppenberg on November 1. However, it was the previous world champ with all the answers in Mol, Belgium.

The 21-year-old Van der Poel took a mid-race lead and cruised to a decisive win in a time of 55:30 – 43 seconds ahead of van Aert in second and 58 seconds on Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Lions) in third.

Top 10

  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), 53:30
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), +0:43
  • 3. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), +0:58
  • 4. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), +1:44
  • 5. Philipp WALSLEBEN, (GER), +1:52
  • 6. Corne VAN KESSEL, (NED), +1:56
  • 7. Diether SWEECK, (BEL), +1:58
  • 8. David VAN DER POEL, (NED), s.t.
  • 9. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), +2:25
  • 10. Wietse BOSMANS, (BEL), +2:32

In women’s action, Cant once again proved to be the class of the women’s field with a winning time of 40:39. Like Van der Poel, Cant entered the weekend off a win in Zeven, but was derailed from winning her fourth Superprestige round of the season by reigning women’s world champion Thalita de Jong (Rabo-Liv). But just 24 hours later, the 26-year-old Belgian champion made it look easy with a 36-second win over Lucinda Brand (NED) in second. Fellow Belgian Ellen Van Loy ((Young Telenet-Fidea) finished third (+1:07).

Top 10

  • 1. Sanne CANT, (BEL), 40:39
  • 2. Lucinda BRAND, (NED), +0:36
  • 3. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), +1:07
  • 4. Los SELS, (BEL), +1:42
  • 5. Yara KASTELIJN, (NED), +2:36
  • 6. Joyce VANDERBEKEN, (BEL), +2:52
  • 7. Karen VERHESTRAETEN, (BEL), +2:56
  • 8. Lindy ANROOIJ, (NED), +3:26
  • 9. Ceylin DEL CARMEN ALVARADO, (NED), +3:40
  • 10. Pauline DELHAYE, (FRA), +4:34

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Gallery: Van Aert claims first Superprestige win of season at Francorchamps http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/gallery/gallery-van-aert-claims-first-superprestige-win-season-francorchamps_425751 http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/gallery/gallery-van-aert-claims-first-superprestige-win-season-francorchamps_425751#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:52:27 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=425751 Reigning elite men's cyclocross world champion Wout van Aert denies Mathieu Van der Poel a fifth straight Superprestige win.

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Tom Meeusen jumped to an early lead in the fifth round of the Superprestige at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on Saturday, December 3. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com German Philipp Walsleben raced across the circuit for a top 10 result at Spa-Francorchamps. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com American Stephen Hyde shows the results of a hard-fought 10th-place finish. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Belgian Toon Aerts bravely navigated 'The Wall' for a third-place result. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Reigning world champion Wout van Aert separated from rival Mathieu van der Poel on the climbs at Spa-Francorchamps. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Dutch champion Mathieu Van der Poel chased Wout van Aert in vain on the climb midway through the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Original race leader Tom Meeusen held on to sixth overall. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Cloudless skies and stunning conditions greeted the elite men's field for the fifth round of the Superprestige at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Thousands of fans cheered reigning world champion Wout van Aert to his first Superprestige win of the season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Wout van Aert crossed the line unchallenged for the win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Mathieu Van der Poel finished second and is denied a fifth-straight Superprestige win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Reigning cyclocross world champion Wout van Aert stood atop the elite men's podium above Mathieu van der Poel (left) in second and Toon Aerts in third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Spa-Francorchamps: Van Aert snaps Van der Poel’s hot streak http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/spa-francorchamps-van-aert-snaps-van-der-poels-hot-streak_425734 http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/spa-francorchamps-van-aert-snaps-van-der-poels-hot-streak_425734#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:45:14 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=425734 Reigning elite men's cyclocross world champion Wout van Aert denies Mathieu Van der Poel a fifth straight Superprestige win.

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Just a little over an hour after fellow reigning cyclocross world champion Thalita de Jong claimed the fifth round of the women’s Superprestige at Spa-Francrchamps on Saturday, Wout van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) took home the elite men’s race over Dutch rival Mathieu Van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon), who topped van Aert in the fifth round of the UCI World Cup round in Zeven, Germany last week.

Van Aert’s win on home soil denied the 21-year-old van der Poel a fifth straight Superprestige victory in the 2016/17 season. It also marks his second win on the Raidillon, however it is the 22-year-old Belgian’s first Superprestige victory of the season and his first win since the Koppenberg on November 1.

“It was nice to win again,” said van Aert. “I’m simply very happy here. Whether this victory is a response to the criticism of the last month? Well, I knew the shape was good. I never doubted and am glad I showed it today … the main conclusion today is that I have gained back some confidence with this victory for the busy month of December. ”

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Lions) recorded the best start on the day, followed by David Van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon), Jens Vandekinderen (Kalas-NNOF), Mathieu Van der Poel and van Aert. At the beginning of the second lap, Mathieu Van der Poel slipped into the lead, followed by van Aert and Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea Lions).

It was van Aert’s smooth ascent up the infamous ‘Wall,’ a barrier with a gradient of up to 45 percent, where he was able to open the gap on van der Poel and pull away with the win.

Van der Poel held on to second place, and remains the overall series leader, while Aerts finished third. In men’s under-23 (U23) action, Belgian Quinten Hermans (Telenet-Fidea Lions) claimed the win over teammate and countryman Thijs Aerts in second and Dutch cyclist Joris Nieuwenhuis (Rabobank Development Team) in third.

Only three rounds remain, with the next Superprestige in Diegem scheduled for December 23.

Results

  • 1. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), 1:00:43
  • 2. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), +00:32
  • 3. Toon AERTS, (BEL), +00:35
  • 4. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), +01:25
  • 5. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), +01:32
  • 6. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), +01:38
  • 7. Jens ADAMS, (BEL), +01:40
  • 8. Philipp WALSLEBEN, (BEL), +01:53
  • 9. Klaas VANTORNOUT, (BEL), +02:19
  • 10. Stephen HYDE, (USA), +02:30
  • 11. Thijs VAN AMERONGEN, (NED), +03:13
  • 12. David VAN DER POEL, (NED), +03:55
  • 13. Julien TARAMARCAZ, (SUI), +03:59
  • 14. Stan GODRIE, (NED), +04:14
  • 15. Diether SWEECK, (BEL), +04:44
  • 16. Jens VANDEKINDEREN, (BEL), +04:50
  • 17. Joeri ADAMS, (NED), +05:13

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Spa-Francorchamps: De Jong overcomes crash to claim women’s Superprestige win http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/spa-francorchamps-de-jong-overcomes-crash-claim-elite-womens-superprestige-win_425717 http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/spa-francorchamps-de-jong-overcomes-crash-claim-elite-womens-superprestige-win_425717#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:39:27 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=425717 Reigning women’s cyclocross world champion Thalita de Jong shakes off an early fall to take the fifth round at Spa-Francorchamps. 

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Reigning women’s cyclocross world champion Thalita de Jong (Rabo-Liv) shook off an early fall to take the fifth round of the Hansgrohe Superprestige at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on Saturday, December 3.

De Jong, who also holds the Dutch and European championship jerseys, was among four riders to lead from the start, including Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-Beobank), who is fresh off a World Cup win in Zeven, Germany last week, Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) and Ellen Van Loy (Young Telenet-Fidea).

A crash during a descent on the second lap dropped de Jong to fourth, but the 23-year-old Dutch cyclist was able to claw her way back and win in dominant fashion after gapping her lead rivals in the latter half of the race to win in a time of 45 minutes 42 seconds.

“That fall came firmly,” De Jong said afterwards. “I needed some time to catch my breath. I tried to regain focus and avoid new mistakes. I got back to Sanne and Christine and then I just rode my own race.

“It turned out to be enough to make a difference.”

The win marks de Jong’s first Superprestige victory of the season, as Cant, who has won three of the first five rounds, takes second over Luxembourger Majerus in third, Belgian Van Loy in fourth and American Elle Anderson in fifth.

Only three rounds remain, with the next Superprestige in Diegem scheduled for December 23.

Results

  • 1. Thalita DE JONG, (NED), 45:42
  • 2. Sanne CANT, (BEL), +00:13
  • 3. Christine MAJERUS, (LUX), +00:25
  • 4. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), +00:55
  • 5. Elle ANDERSON, (USA), +01:34
  • 6. Geerte HOEKE, (NED), +02:36
  • 7. Karen VERHESTRAETEN, (BEL), +02:47
  • 8. Alice Maria ARZUFFI, (ITA), +02:48
  • 9. Githa MICHIELS, (BEL), +03:16
  • 10. Loes SELS, (BEL), +03:27
  • 11. Bianca VAN DEN HOEK, (NED), +03:41
  • 12. Asa Maria ERLANDSSON, (SWE), +03:44
  • 13. Eva Maria PALM, (BEL), +03:47
  • 14. Julia BOSCHKER, (NED), +04:15
  • 15. Pauline DELHAYE, (FRA), +04:36
  • 16. Jolien VERSCHUEREN, (BEL), +04:36
  • 17. Irene GERRITSEN, (NED), +05:56
  • 18. Julie VAN DE VELDE, (BEL), +07:03
  • 19. Axelle BELLAERT, (BEL), +08:34

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Zeven Gallery: Cant and van der Poel claim victories http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/news/zeven-gallery-cant-van-der-poel-claim-victories_425345 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:28:15 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=425345 Sanne Cant and Mathieu van der Poel pull off sensational wins in the fifth round of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Germany.

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The elite women kick off the 2016 UCI Cyclocross World Cup under frosty conditions in Zeven, Germany on Saturday, November 26. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com American Katie Compton
struggles to hold off eventual winner Sanne Cant (BEL) over the final two laps in Zeven, Germany. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Belgian national champion Sanne Cant claims her first World Cup win of 2016. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Sanne Cant (BEL) stands atop the podium over Katie Compton (USA) in second (left) and Alice Maria Arzuffi (ITA) in third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Fans clamour for a glimpse and a snapshot of the elite men's field as it makes the first  turn. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Reigning world champion and World Cup series leader Wout van Aert (BEL) is in the lead with Mathieu van der Poel (NED) in pursuit. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel has to battle back after a broken bike exchange and chase down the leaders to make up a 20-second deficit in the opening lap. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com American Jeremy Powers speeds across the circuit, but fails to make the finish. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Crowds gather along the hillside as UCI World Cup cyclocross racing returns to Germany for the first time in 13 years. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Laurens Sweeck dismounts to navigate his bike up the climb and hang on to a top 10 result. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Mathieu van der Poel successfully rallies to claim his second World Cup win of the season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Winner Mathieu van der Poel trails second-place finisher Wout van Aert (left) in World Cup series standings with four races to go, while third-place finisher Kevin Pauwels (right) is currently third overall. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Zeven: Van der Poel powers to fifth round World Cup victory http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/news/zeven-van-der-poel-powers-fourth-round-world-cup-victory_425329 Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:57:00 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=425329 Mathieu van der Poel overcomes shaky start to cruise to Cyclocross World Cup win in Germany.

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Not even a broken bike could keep Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) from claiming the fifth round of the elite men’s Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Zeven, Germany an hour after Belgian national champion Sanne Cant took out the elite women’s race on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Dutchman was forced to change bikes after snapping his spokes and damaging his rear derailleur due to a first lap collision with another rider in the opening lap. The accident dropped van der Poel to 19th place — 20 seconds behind the leaders.

Top 10

  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:03:21
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), 1:03:42
  • 3. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), 1:03:52
  • 4. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), 1:04:14
  • 5. Clement VENTURINI, (FRA), 1:04:29
  • 6. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), 1:04:45
  • 7. Corne VAN KESSEL, (NED), 1:04:53
  • 8. Gianni VERMEERSCH, (BEL), 1:04:59
  • 9. Michael VANTHOURENHOUT, (BEL), 1:05:14
  • 10. Marcel MEISEN, (GER), 1:05:20

Series leader Wout van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) took early control of the race after passing first lap leader Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) on lap 2. However, a surging van der Poel blistered the field and caught van Aert at the race’s halfway point.

The former world champion never looked back and in a 41-second swing, defeated his 22-year-old Belgian rival by 21 seconds with an overall time of 1:03:21.

The victory gives van der Poel his second World Cup win of the season after also capturing Valkenburg in October. However, van Aerts’ North American wins at CrossVegas (Nevada) and Jingle Cross (Iowa), along with two second-place finishes, keeps the reigning world champion in first place overall.

Van der Poel was openly critical of the UCI’s decision to cancel the fourth round in Koksidje, Belgium due to extreme weather conditions, and even made the decision to ride home from the cancelled event.

The 2016/2017 World Cup series continues with the next race schedule for the famous Citadelle de Namur in Belgium on December 18.

Results

  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:03:21
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), 1:03:42
  • 3. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), 1:03:52
  • 4. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), 1:04:14
  • 5. Clement VENTURINI, (FRA), 1:04:29
  • 6. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), 1:04:45
  • 7. Corne VAN KESSEL, (NED), 1:04:53
  • 8. Gianni VERMEERSCH, (BEL), 1:04:59
  • 9. Michael VANTHOURENHOUT, (BEL), 1:05:14
  • 10. Marcel MEISEN, (GER), 1:05:20
  • 11. Jens ADAMS, (BEL), 1:05:21
  • 12. Toon AERTS, (BEL), 1:05:23
  • 13. Tim MERLIER, (BEL), 1:05:24
  • 14. David VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:05:24
  • 15. Jim AERNOUTS, (BEL), 1:05:43
  • 16. Vincent BAESTAENS, (BEL), 1:05:48
  • 17. Michael BOROS, (CZE), 1:05:49
  • 18. Diether SWEECK, (BEL), 1:05:50
  • 19. Dieter VANTHOURENHOUT, (BEL), 1:06:08
  • 20. Klaas VANTORNOUT, (BEL), 1:06:17
  • 21. Sascha WEBER, (GER), 1:06:29
  • 22. Julien TARAMARCAZ, (SUI), 1:06:30
  • 23. Marcel WILDHABER, (SUI), 1:06:31
  • 24. Stan GODRIE, (NED), 1:06:32
  • 25. Daan SOETE, (BEL), 1:06:36
  • 26. Rob PEETERS, (BEL), 1:07:08
  • 27. Thijs AMERONGEN, (NED), 1:07:11
  • 28. Jan NESVADBA, (CZE), 1:07:15
  • 29. Simon ZAHNER, (SUI), 1:07:16
  • 30. Stephen HYDE, (USA), 1:07:26
  • 31. Daan HOEYBERGHS, (BEL), 1:07:33
  • 32. Kevin SUAREZ FERNANDEZ, (ESP), 1:07:35
  • 33. Matthieu BOULO, (FRA), 1:07:51
  • 34. Tomas PAPRSTKA, (CZE), 1:08:02
  • 35. Severin SÄGESSER, (SUI), 1:08:06
  • 36. Martin HARING, (SVK), 1:08:16
  • 37. Patrick LEEUWEN, (NED), 1:08:19
  • 38. Radomir SIMUNEK, (CZE), 1:08:33
  • 39. Javier RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ, (ESP), 1:08:40 21
  • 40. Niels WUBBEN, (NED), DNF
  • 41. Alois FALENTA, (FRA), DNF
  • 42. Ivan GICQUIAU, (FRA), DNF
  • 43. Yannick GRUNER, (GER), DNF
  • 44. Philipp WALSLEBEN, (GER), DNF
  • 45. Lorenzo SAMPARISI, (ITA), DNF
  • 46. Kenneth HANSEN, (DEN), DNF
  • 47. Jeremy POWERS, (USA), DNF
  • 48. Vincent DIAS DOS SANTOS, (LUX), DNF
  • 49. Max LINDENAU, (GER), DNF
  • 50. Gusty BAUSCH, (LUX), DNF
  • 51. Emil HEKELE, (CZE), DNF
  • 52. Michal MALÍK, (CZE), DNF
  • 53. Nicolas SAMPARISI, (ITA), DNF
  • 54. CLEMENT BOMME, (FRA), DNF
  • 55. Scott THILTGES, (LUX), DNF
  • 56. Lex REICHLING, (LUX), DNF
  • 57. Christian HELMIG, (LUX), DNF
  • 58. Ole QUAST, (GER), DNF
  • 59. Wolfram KURSCHAT, (GER), DNF
  • 60. Marvin SCHMIDT, (GER), DNF
  • 61. Morten LAUSTSEN, (DEN), DNF
  • 62. Pit SCHLECHTER, (LUX), DNF
  • 63. Philipp HEIGL, (AUT), DNF
  • 64. Ingvar OMARSSON, (ISL), DNF

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Zeven: Cant outmuscles Compton to claim World Cup win http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/race-report/zeven-cant-outmuscles-compton-claim-world-cup-win_425319 Sat, 26 Nov 2016 15:31:36 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=425319 Belgian national champion Sanne Cant captures her first UCI World Cup win of the season in Germany.

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A week after the last round of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, round 5 round kicked off in Germany (Zeven) for the first time in 13 years with Belgian national champion Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) picking up her first World Cup win of the season.

With the course covered in frost due to near-freezing conditions, the recently crowned SuperPrestige Gavere winner battled back in the second half of the race to overpower American Katie Compton (Trek) in the final lap of the six-lap circuit to win in a time of 44 minutes 43 seconds.

Top 10

  • 1. Sanne CANT, (BEL), 44:43
  • 2. Katherine COMPTON, (USA), 44:49
  • 3. Alice Maria ARZUFFI, (ITA), 45:05
  • 4. Sophie DE BOER, (NED), 45:06
  • 5. Thalita DE JONG, (NED), 45:11
  • 6. Maud KAPTHEIJNS, (NED), 45:16
  • 7. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), 45:23
  • 8. Laura Verdonschot, (BEL), 45:24
  • 9. Pavla HAVLIKOVA, (CZE), 45:321
  • 10. Ellen Noble, (USA), 45:43

The race kicked off with series leader Sophie de Boer (Kalas-H.Essers-NNOF) taking an early lead, followed by fellow Dutch rider Thalita de Jong (Rabo-Liv) with Cant and seven other riders quickly in tow. De Boer and de Jong took the first lap before Cant used her climbing prowess to claim the lead over the hills on lap 2.

Cant, who finished third in Valkenburg (NED) last month, extended her lead over the field, including fellow Belgian Ellen van Loy (Young Telenet-Fidea) in the third lap before surrendering it to a surging Compton on lap 4.

The reigning 12-time U.S. national champion and recent Pan Am winner appeared to be in control in the remaining two laps, however Cant battled back and proved too strong for Compton to hold off.

With only four rounds remaining, the World Cup moves on with the next round in Namur, the capital of Wallonie, for the sixth time in UCI World Cup history. De Boer remains in the series lead, while Cant moves into second place.

Results

  • 1. Sanne CANT, (BEL), 44:43
  • 2. Katherine COMPTON, (USA), 44:49
  • 3. Alice Maria ARZUFFI, (ITA), 45:05
  • 4. Sophie DE BOER, (NED), 45:06
  • 5. Thalita DE JONG, (NED), 45:11
  • 6. Maud KAPTHEIJNS, (NED), 45:16
  • 7. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), 45:23
  • 8. Laura Verdonschot, (BEL), 45:24
  • 9. Pavla HAVLIKOVA, (CZE), 45:321
  • 10. Ellen Noble, (USA), 45:43
  • 11. Caroline MANI, (FRA), 45:52
  • 12. Manon BAKKER, (NED), 45:57
  • 13. Joyce VANDERBEKEN,(BEL), 46:02
  • 14. Evie RICHARDS, (GBR), 46:07
  • 15. Nikola NOSKOVA, (CZE), 46:15
  • 16. Christine MAJERUS, (LUX), 46:15
  • 17. Alicia FRANCK, (BEL), 46:29
  • 18. Loes SELS, (BEL), 46:33
  • 19. Chiara TEOCCHI, (ITA), 46:55 42
  • 20. Karen VERHESTRAETEN, (BEL), 47:01
  • 21. Jolien VERSCHUEREN, (BEL), 47:19
  • 22. Hélène CLAUZEL, (FRA), 47:24
  • 23. Inge HEIJDEN, (NED), 47:27
  • 24. Amanda NAUMAN, (USA), 47:34
  • 25. Aida NUNO PALACIO, (ESP), 47:38
  • 26. Jessica LAMBRACHT, (GER), 47:46
  • 27. Nadja HEIGL, (AUT), 47:54
  • 28. ANAIS GRIMAULT, (FRA), 47:57
  • 29. Bianca HOEK, (NED), 48:05
  • 30. Lise-Marie HENZELIN, (SUI), 48:14
  • 31. Pauline DELHAYE, (FRA), 48:23
  • 32. Elle ANDERSON, (USA), 48:37
  • 33. Melinda MCCUTCHEON, (USA), 48:48
  • 34. Geerte HOEKE, (NED), 48:52
  • 35. Martina MIKULASKOVA, (CZE), 49:15
  • 36. Gesa BRUCHMANN, (GER), 49:17
  • 37. Marlene PETIT, (FRA), 49:36
  • 38. Lisa HECKMANN, (GER), 49:43
  • 39. Åsa-Maria ERLANDSSON, (SWE), 49:50
  • 40. Ceylin CARMEN ALVARADO, (NED), 49:55
  • 41. JADE WIEL, (FRA), 49:57
  • 42. Luisa BECK, (GER), 49:57
  • 43. Nikola BAJGEROVA, (CZE), 50:03
  • 44. Tatiana JASEKOVÁ, (SVK), 50:29
  • 45. Caroline SCHIFF, (GER), 51:02
  • 46. Stefanie PAUL, (GER), 51:03
  • 47. Christine VARDAROS, (USA), 51:31
  • 48. Patrycja LORKOWSKA, (POL), 51:39
  • 49. Benita WESSELHOEFT, (GER), 51:51
  • 50. Nathalie LAMBORELLE, (LUX), DNF
  • 51. Larissa Luttuschka, (GER), DNF
  • 52. Erika GLAJZOVA, (SVK), DNF

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Extreme weather causes Koksijde Cyclocross World Cup cancellation http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/news/extreme-weather-causes-koksijde-cyclocross-world-cup-cancellation_425061 Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:48:21 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=425061 UCI Cyclocross World Cup race in Koksijde called off due to raging storms sweeping across northern Belgium.

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Heavy rain and wind gusts in excess of 90kph swept across northern Belgium causing the Koksijde round of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup to be cancelled in the early morning hours on Sunday prior to a full lineup of races, which included junior, under-23 (men) and men’s and women’s elite.

After first cancelling the junior and U23 races, the UCI made an official announcement via social media stating all events would be called off.

The 22-year-old reigning world champion and current series leader Wout van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) also took to Twitter to voice his support in the decision to cancel the race.

Overall series standings remain in tact with van Aert in first place in the elite men’s division with 230 points, followed by fellow Belgians Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) in second (174) and Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Napoleon Games) in third (166).

Dutch cyclist Sophie de Boer currently tops the elite women’s series standings with 198 points, with French rider Caroline Mani in second (173) and American Amanda Miller (Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling) in third (157).

The next round of the World Cup series is scheduled for Zeven, Germany in less than a week (November 26).

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Gallery: Van der Poel leaves no doubt at Superprestige Gavere http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/gallery/gallery-van-der-poel-leaves-no-doubt-superprestige-gavere_424722 Sun, 13 Nov 2016 20:37:21 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=424722 Van der Poel takes the clear win at Superprestige Gavere

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Laurens Sweeck made the start at Gavere on the heels of three start third-place Superprestige finishes. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Despite a strong start with back-to-back World Cup wins, Wout Van Aert has yet to pick up a Superprestige victory this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Mathieu van der Poel, who has been the dominant rider in the first half of the race series, stayed aggressive Sunday, getting clear early and opening up a big lead. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com It was hard for Toon Aerts to keep his sharp European champion's kit sparkling white on the muddy Gavere course. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Bike changes were the name of the game all day in Gavere. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The tricky terrain had riders half-unclipped trying to navigate the mud. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Van Aert did what he could in pursuit of van der Poel, but he couldn't close the gap. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Van der Poel cruised through the final few laps with a practically insurmountable lead. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The Dutchman celebrated his fourth straight Superprestige victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Van der Poel was sure to give the fans what they wanted after crossing the line. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Van Aert had to settle for a fourth straight runner-up performance. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Van der Poel, Van Aert, and Aerts comprised the final podium at Superprestige Gavere. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Gavere: Van der Poel dominates to nab fourth straight Superprestige win http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/news/cyclocross/gavere-van-der-poel-dominates-extends-superprestige-lead_424706 Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:28:57 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=424706 Mathieu van der Poels nabs a fourth straight victory in the Superprestige series ahead of Wout Van Aert and Toon Aerts

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Mathieu van der Poel’s Superprestige dominance showed no signs of letting up Sunday at Gavere. A week after securing his third straight Superprestige win in Ruddervoorde, the Beobank – Corendon rider cruised to his fourth victory in the series so far this season.

Wout Van Aert (Crelan – Vastgoedservice), meanwhile, kept streak of his own alive in pursuit of his Dutch rival, securing a fourth straight Superprestige runner-up result behind the series leader. Toon Aerts (Telenet – Fidea) rounded out the podium in third.

Top 10

  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:03:35
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), 1:04:37
  • 3. Toon AERTS, (BEL), 1:04:55
  • 4. Klaas VANTORNOUT, (BEL), 1:05:06
  • 5. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), 1:05:19
  • 6. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), 1:05:35
  • 7. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), 1:06:07
  • 8. David VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:06:34
  • 9. Jens ADAMS, (BEL), 1:06:35
  • 10. Philipp WALSLEBEN, (GER), 1:06:40

Van der Poel took control of the race early, pulling away after a little over a lap, with Van Aert and Tom Meeusen (Telenet – Fidea) trying to limit the damage and Aerts a bit further back. Van der Poel had to dismount briefly to fix a chain problem, but he’d already built enough of an advantage over the pursuers that the short interruption hardly made a difference.

After four laps, his lead over Meeusen and Van Aert stood at around half a minute, and his advantage continued to grow from there on out.

As Van Aert began to put some daylight between himself and Meeusen in the fifth lap, Aerts and Kevin Pauwels (Marlux – Napoleon Games) pulled closer to the front of the race. No one came close to reeling in van der Poel however, who was stretching the gap out to nearly a minute with three laps to go.

Aerts had left Pauwels and Meeusen behind by the final lap, by which point the gaps at the head of affairs were so large as to leave little question about who would claim the first and second steps on the podium. Van der Poel cruised through the final few corners comfortably before hitting the finishing straight to savor the no-doubt victory, his fourth of the four Superprestige races thus far this season.

Reigning world champion Van Aert secured his familiar second place 1:02 behind. Aerts crossed the line 18 seconds later to break Laurens Sweeck’s stranglehold on Superprestige third-place finishes after the 22-year-old ERA – Circus rider had nabbed the final spot on the podium in the first three races of the series. Sweeck came home fourth in Gavere.

With his dominant performance Sunday, Van der Poel further extends his narrow lead over Van Aert in the Superprestige series, which continues December 3 at Francorchamps.

Results

  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:03:35
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), 1:04:37
  • 3. Toon AERTS, (BEL), 1:04:55
  • 4. Klaas VANTORNOUT, (BEL), 1:05:06
  • 5. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), 1:05:19
  • 6. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), 1:05:35
  • 7. Tom MEEUSEN, (BEL), 1:06:07
  • 8. David VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:06:34
  • 9. Jens ADAMS, (BEL), 1:06:35
  • 10. Philipp WALSLEBEN, (GER), 1:06:40
  • 11. Tim MERLIER, (BEL), 1:06:45
  • 12. Michael BOROS, (CZE), 1:06:51
  • 13. Diether SWEECK, (BEL), 1:08:02
  • 14. Joeri ADAMS, (BEL), 1:08:06
  • 15. Thijs AMERONGEN, (NED), 1:08:26
  • 16. Rob PEETERS, (BEL), 1:09:13
  • 17. Gianni VERMEERSCH, (BEL), 1:09:13
  • 18. Jens VANDEKINDEREN, (BEL), 1:09:30
  • 19. Stan GODRIE, (NED), 1:10:14
  • 20. Julien TARAMARCAZ, (SUI), 1:10:21
  • 21. Daan HOEYBERGHS, (BEL)
  • 22. Enrico FRANZOI, (ITA)
  • 23. Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE, (BEL)
  • 24. Dario TIELEN, (BEL)
  • 25. Fabian OBRIST, (SUI)
  • 26. Eric THOMPSON, (USA)
  • 27. Yu TAKENOUCHI, (JPN)
  • 28. Luca FORMOSO, (SUI)

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Gavere: Cant fends off determined rivals to take hard-earned victory http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/news/cyclocross/gavere-cant-fends-off-determined-rivals-take-hard-earned-win_424701 Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:39:21 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=424701 Sanne Cant nabs her third Superprestige win of the season at Gavere

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Sanne Cant spent plenty of time in the lead at Superprestige Gavere Sunday, but she was forced to fend off a field of determined rivals at every turn until finally pulling out the win after five laps.

The 26-year-old Enertherm – BKCP rider claimed her third Superprestige victory in the fourth race of the series ahead of Telenet – Fidea’s Jolien Verschueren, who overcome a slow start to contest the win before ceding ground in the final lap. Boels – Dolmans’ Christine Majerus, who briefly led the race in the early goings, rounded out the podium in third.

Top 10

  • 1. Sanne CANT, (BEL), 44:19
  • 2. Jolien VERSCHUEREN, (BEL), 44:25
  • 3. Christine MAJERUS, (LUX), 44:46
  • 4. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), 45:07
  • 5. Alice Maria ARZUFFI, (ITA), 45:13
  • 6. Sophie BOER, (NED), 45:52
  • 7. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), 46:05
  • 8. Alicia FRANCK, (BEL), 46:27
  • 9. Elle ANDERSON, (USA), 46:29
  • 10. Joyce VANDERBEKEN, (BEL), 47:45

With a number of uphills and several sections of deep mud, the Gavere course presented a serious technical challenge.

Majerus jumped out to an early lead in lap one with Cant, Ellen Van Loy (Telent – Fidea), Sophie De Boer (Kalas – NNOF), and Alice Maria Arzuffi (Lensworld – Zannata) in hot pursuit and Verschueren caught behind, gradually weaving her up through the field.

By the end of lap two, De Boer and Van Loy formed a lead trio with Majerus, as Arzuffi fell behind. Verschueren, meanwhile, was making short work closing the gap.

Before long, Cant put in a dig to open up a gap at the front, but her rivals kept her within striking distance over the ensuing two laps.

Verschueren continued to surge through the field, nearing the front of the race by the end of the third lap, where she found herself just ahead of Majerus with only Van Loy and Cant in front. She briefly lost her footing on a muddy climb, but quickly righted the ship, and rejoined Majerus. The duo then pulled even with Cant, as Van Loy began to fade, making for a new lead trio after four laps.

Then it was Majerus who began to fade, leaving the Belgian pair to duel one another on home turf for the Superprestige win.

A final-lap bike change would prove Verschueren’s undoing. After forty minutes spent clawing her way into contention following a rough start, she hit the deck in the pits while dismounting to hop onto a new bike. For Cant, just ahead and successfully aboard a new bike of her own, the fall provided more than enough of an advantage to seal the deal. Cant motored away solo and maintained an advantage of a few seconds through the fifth lap, with Verschueren falling further into the hole when forced to dismount early on her way up a treacherous muddy slope.

Cant rolled across the line six seconds clear to take the victory ahead of runner-up Verschueren, with Majerus a further 21 seconds behind. The win put more room between Cant and the rest of the field in the overall Superprestige rankings, with Van Loy — who finished fourth Sunday — currently the nearest challenger.

The Superprestige series continues December 3 at Francorchamps.

Results

  • 1. Sanne CANT, (BEL), 44:19
  • 2. Jolien VERSCHUEREN, (BEL), 44:25
  • 3. Christine MAJERUS, (LUX), 44:46
  • 4. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), 45:07
  • 5. Alice Maria ARZUFFI, (ITA), 45:13
  • 6. Sophie BOER, (NED), 45:52
  • 7. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), 46:05
  • 8. Alicia FRANCK, (BEL), 46:27
  • 9. Elle ANDERSON, (USA), 46:29
  • 10. Joyce VANDERBEKEN, (BEL), 47:45
  • 11. Fleur NAGENGAST, (NED), 48:08
  • 12. Geerte HOEKE, (NED), 48:27
  • 13. Kim VAN DE STEENE, (BEL), 48:31
  • 14. Ceylin CARMEN ALVARADO, (NED), 49:20
  • 15. Eva Maria PALM, (BEL), 51:37
  • 16. Axelle BELLAERT, (BEL), 51:44
  • 17. Shana MAES, (BEL), 52:59
  • 18. Gertie WILLEMS, (BEL)
  • 19. Birgit MASSAGÉ, (BEL)
  • 20. Monique REE, (NED)
  • 21. Aurelie VERMEIR, (BEL)
  • 22. Jana DOBBELAERE, (BEL)
  • 23. Jo BLANCHAERT, (BEL)

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Photos: Double double-winners at Derby day 2 http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/news/photos-double-double-winners-derby-day-2_424405 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:22:41 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=424405 The Derby City Cup in Louisville, Kentucky saw repeat winners Sunday with Katerina Nash and Stephen Hyde.

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That's the look you get when you see your name in the results. The Derby City Cup continues to host plenty of race opportunities for the juniors. Photo: Wil Matthews The UCI 17-18 junior race once again was a race-long back-and-forth between Denzel Stephenson and Lane Maher. Photo: Wil Matthews Stephenson prevailed in the UCI 17-18 race by passing Lane Maher in the final few hundred meters and holding the advantage to the line. Photo: Wil Matthews Derek Cote arrived to his podium presentation in style. Photo: Wil Matthews Caroline Mani was back to her fast starts, leading the elite women off the start grid and onto the dirt. Mani, who just returned from Europe, would finish fifth, two minutes behind the winner. Photo: Wil Matthews Katerina Nash and Katie Compton stayed within a bike length or two of each other for the entirety of the elite women's race. Photo: Wil Matthews Less than four turns into the elite women's race, Katerina Nash was already separating herself form the field. Photo: Wil Matthews The twisty Derby City Cup forest section had riders disappearing behind trees like a cyclocross version of hide-and-seek. Photo: Wil Matthews With two options in the "BMX" section of the course, it was a bit of a risk. Some took the slightly slower line, but Caroline Mani used the jump and nearly pinched her tire on the stair. Photo- Jake Orness For the second day in a row, Katerina Nash led the elite women through the first trip across the sand, riding where others ran. Photo: Wil Matthews Courtney McFadden was in close pursuit of Nash and Katie Compton for most of the elite women's race, and claimed the last podium step in the end. Photo: Wil Matthews The familiar front trio of Compton, Nash, and Mani were together on lap two. Photo: Wil Matthews Katerina Nash battled all weekend with Katie Compton and came out victorius on both days. Photo: Jake Orness Kerry Werner is one of several riders finding more success while riding with a smaller program this season. Photo: Wil Matthews Though starting on the second row, for the second day in a row Grant Ellwood made his way to the front of the lead group in the opening laps of the under-23 race. Photo: Wil Matthews Selander made his way from the third row to the front of the field and led the way through the sand trap on the first lap. Photo: Wil Matthews Jack Tanner made up ground on the first trip through the sand pit. Tanner is just one of 18 U23 riders that started Sunday. Photo: Wil Matthews Unseasonable dry conditions and heat made the November 6 race look more like a summer mountain bike race in a dusty forest. Photo: Wil Matthews The elite men's field was led onto the dirt by Tobin Ortenblad. There were 40 starters. Photo: Wil Matthews Bjorn Selander took the holeshot Sunday. He held the lead for the first few laps before fading to 19th at the finish.  Photo- Jake Orness The lead group  stayed close in the opening laps up stairs. The signature limestone steps at the Eva Bandman Park remain unrivaled as the most unforgiving run-up in the country. Photo: Wil Matthews Ortenblad started at the front and stayed on the front through the first three laps. Ortenblad, current U23 champion, is in his first year with the elite men's field. Photo: Wil Matthews The battle of the day went to Ortenblad and Jeremy Powers. In the end, Powers pulled away for the second spot on the podium. Photo: Jake Orness Gage Hecht was one of several U23 racers mixing it up with the elite riders at the front of the field. Photo: Wil Matthews With three laps to go, Stephen Hyde set off on his own from the group of Ortenblad and Powers. Photo: Wil Matthews The dry, dusty course made for a great backdrop with the late-afternoon sun.  Photo: Jake Orness Cody Kaiser put on a clinic, riding both sets of stairs, which seemed unrideable. He went on to finish fifth.  Photo: Jake Orness Stephen Hyde put his stamp on the weekend.  The margin of victory was not huge but it was more than enough for the win.  Photo: Jake Orness With the sun setting behind him Stephen Hyde celebrated his second win of the weekend. Photo: Jake Orness After the podium placers, the rest of the field drifted across the line in the last light of the day. Photo: Wil Matthews Hyde, immediately post race, looked to the race clock and for the distant Powers. Hyde's next races will be in Europe. Photo: Wil Matthews Powers had a bit of redemption after a tough race on Saturday. He was in the hunt the whole race and is definitely coming back into form. Photo: Jake Orness The podium was all fun and games. Photo: Jake Orness

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Gallery: Van der Poel nabs a third straight Superprestige win http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/gallery/gallery-van-der-poel-nabs-third-straight-superprestige-win_424375 Sun, 06 Nov 2016 21:36:47 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=424375 Mathieu van der Poel triumphs in Ruddervoorde to extend his Superprestige lead

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Lars van der Haar got off to a decent start in the third round of the Superprestige series in Ruddervoorde, but he faded from contention before long. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The fast but tricky Belgian course was packed with fans on Sunday despite a bit of rain. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Cyclocross followers could hardly be surprised to see Wout Van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel pulling away from the field in the first few laps. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The sand proved a critical battleground in the nine-lap contest. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Van Aert looked strong early but after a bike change midway through the race, he found himself steadily losing ground to van der Poel. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Van der Poel crashed in the seventh lap but was back up very quickly, maintaining his lead over Van Aert. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Sweeck began to pull away from the field in pursuit of the two leaders. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Toon Aerts delivered a respectable sixth-place performance in his recently earned European champion's jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Van der Poel did not let up in the final two laps, keeping Van Aert at a safe distance. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com The gap between Van Aert and Van der Poel grew insurmountable when the Belgian world champ suffered a mechanical in the last lap. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Van der Poel cruised across the line for his third straight Superprestige victory this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com Sweeck came home behind Van Aert for a solid third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com David van der Poel finished a muddy day in seventh place. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com All three Superprestige races thus far this season have ended up with the exact same final podium: Van der Poel on top, Van Aert as runner-up, and Sweeck in third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Gallery: 2016 Derby City Cup, day one http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/gallery/gallery-2016-derby-city-cup-day-one_424324 Sun, 06 Nov 2016 16:59:50 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=424324 Scenes from the first day of action at Louisville's Derby City Cup

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Siblings Emma and Curtis White spent some time together preparing for their elite races on Day One of the Derby City Cup. Emma is in her first year with the Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com elite team, and Curtis in his second. Both are frequently at the front of the field, and both are full-time students. Photo: Wil Matthews Amateur fields at the Derby City Cup in Louisville, Kentucky, were at or near limits as cyclocross continues to grow in the Kentucky and Ohio region. Photo: Wil Matthews The Eva Bandman Park venue featured one of the most technical and twisty courses to date, including this two-line option in the forest. Photo: Wil Matthews For the little guys, the course was very intimidating — and some of the features dwarfed the youngest competitors. Photo: Jake Orness After a grueling, race-long duel, Lane Maher emerged victorious in the 17-18 UCI juniors race after Denzel Stephenson flatted in the final dirt section. Photo: Wil Matthews Boulder Junior Cycling head coach Pete Webber brought seven of his racers to Louisville, and placed three on Saturday's podium. Photo: Wil Matthews Katerina Nash and Caroline Mani at staging of the elite women's race. Photo: Wil Matthews Katie Compton came to Louisville hoping for another strong result amid what has been one of her best seasons to date. Photo: Wil Matthews The elite women's field featured one of the best lineups in North America so far this year outside of the recent World Cups. Photo: Wil Matthews Amanda Nauman came out of the gate on a tear, leading the elite women's field onto the dirt for the second weekend in a row. Photo: Jake Orness Amanda Nauman led the race with Katerina Nash and Amanda Miller close behind early in the first lap. Photo: Wil Matthews Katerina Nash took over at the front midway through lap one. She was the only rider able to stay mounted through the entirety of the sand pit. Photo: Wil Matthews The legendary limestone steps of the Eva Bandman Park comprise one of the most selective features of the venue. Photo: Jake Orness The elite women's lead trio of Nash, Compton, and White stayed together up the fabled limestone steps on the third lap. Photo: Wil Matthews In the final laps, Nash and Compton were rarely more than a bike length apart. Photo: Wil Matthews Emma White and Courtney McFadden traded attacks trying to secure the final podium step in the closing laps. Photo: Wil Matthews Nash held a narrow advantage on the finishing straight. Photo: Wil Matthews After 50 grueling minutes, Nash outsprinted Compton for the win. Photo: Wil Matthews The final women's podium, left to right: Katie Compton, Katerina Nash, Emma White. Photo: Jake Orness The elite men's race on day one of the Derby City Cup marked Stephen Hyde's first time wearing the number one for his Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com squad. Photo: Wil Matthews Louisville's a foodie town, and locals are happy to bring the eats to the people if the people can't make it to the restaurants. Photo: Jake Orness Don't we all wish we could show up to a cross race in a tour bus? The Marian University cycling program continues to up the ante, on and off the race course. Photo: Jake Orness The men's race received a new time slot, now taking place in late afternoon instead of after dark as done in previous years. Photo: Wil Matthews The first run-up on the first lap is ridden only by those in the very front; everyone else loses time. Photo: Wil Matthews U23 racer Grant Ellwood led the elite men's field onto the dirt and held his lead through the giant sand pit on the first lap. Photo: Wil Matthews Jeremy Powers had a mishap on the start and had to fight through the dust kicked up by the front of the race. Photo: Jake Orness Course conditions at Eva Bandman Park were dry and dusty, despite a full day of rain on Thursday. Photo: Wil Matthews Why settle for just one cowbell? Photo: Jake Orness On lap three, Tobin Ortenblad was trading turns on the front. Photo: Wil Matthews Kerry Werner delivered another solid result in his best season to date, staying near the front throughout the race. Photo: Wil Matthews After a difficult start, Stephen Hyde moved to the front on the fourth lap and from there, he quickly distanced the rest of the field. Photo: Wil Matthews On the one-year anniversary of his first UCI C1 win, Stephen Hyde again claimed victory in Louisville at the Derby City Cup. Photo: Jake Orness Cody Kaiser wasted no time after finishng the race to get working on his Vlog. Photo: Jake Orness Hyde took the top step of the men's podium with Ortenblad as runner-up and Werner in third. Photo: Wil Matthews Tobin Ortenblad following his best-ever UCI C1 race finish. Photo: Wil Matthews Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com U23 rider Cooper Willsey left it all out on the course in a tough race with the elites. Photo: Wil Matthews It's hard not to love Eva Bandman Park as a terrific venue for 'cross. Photo: Jake Orness

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Ruddervoorde: Van der Poel takes third straight Superprestige win http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/news/cyclocross/ruddervoorde-van-der-poel-takes-third-straight-superprestige-win_424319 Sun, 06 Nov 2016 15:45:09 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=424319 Van der Poel stands atop a Superprestige podium with Van Aert as runner-up and Sweeck in third place for the third time this season

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Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank – Corendon) nabbed his third straght Hansgrohe Superprestige win so far this season on Sunday, claiming victory in the third round of the series at Ruddervoorde.

After spending much of the race locked in a tight battle against Wout Van Aert (Crelan – Vastgoedservice), the 21-year-old Dutchman took control in the last few laps. He claimed the top spot on a familiar final podium — just as in the first two races of the Superprestige series, Gieten and Zonhoven, Van Aert finished as runner-up to van der Poel, with Laurens Sweeck (Era – Circus) rounding out the podium in third yet again.

Top 10

  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:05:18
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), 1:05:47
  • 3. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), 1:06:12
  • 4. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), 1:06:27
  • 5. Jens ADAMS, (BEL), 1:06:40
  • 6. Toon AERTS, (BEL), 1:07:10
  • 7. David VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:07:18
  • 8. Tim MERLIER, (BEL), 1:07:25
  • 9. Klaas VANTORNOUT, (BEL), 1:07:29
  • 10. Dieter VANTHOURENHOUT, (BEL), 1:07:31

As they have done so many times this season, Van der Poel and Van Aert established themselves as the top two contenders early on in the race, getting clear of the rest of the field by the third lap and then trading attacks and counterattacks at the head of affairs.

Van der Poel began pulling away after five of nine total laps, and although he hit the deck in a slick stretch of grass in lap seven, a quick remount limited the damage.

Sweeck, meanwhile, had separated himself from the rest of the chasing pack as the clear third strongest rider on the course.

Reigning world champ Van Aert saw any chance of overtaking the 2015 world champion go up in smoke in the final lap, when he dropped his chain during a brief dismount. Van der Poel’s advantage ballooned as Van Aert lost several precious seconds dealing with the mechanical, allowing the Dutchman plenty of time to enjoy the cheers of the fans along the barriers as he rolled down the finishing straight to seal the victory.

Van Aert crossed the line 29 seconds down to take his third straight Superprestige runner-up finish, with Sweeck finishing 54 seconds back en route to a third straight Superprestige third place.

Results

  • 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:05:18
  • 2. Wout VAN AERT, (BEL), 1:05:47
  • 3. Laurens SWEECK, (BEL), 1:06:12
  • 4. Kevin PAUWELS, (BEL), 1:06:27
  • 5. Jens ADAMS, (BEL), 1:06:40
  • 6. Toon AERTS, (BEL), 1:07:10
  • 7. David VAN DER POEL, (NED), 1:07:18
  • 8. Tim MERLIER, (BEL), 1:07:25
  • 9. Klaas VANTORNOUT, (BEL), 1:07:29
  • 10. Dieter VANTHOURENHOUT, (BEL), 1:07:31
  • 11. Joeri ADAMS, (BEL), 1:07:34
  • 12. Michael BOROS, (CZE), 1:07:45
  • 13. Michael VANTHOURENHOUT, (BEL), 1:07:50
  • 14. Vincent BAESTAENS, (BEL), 1:07:52
  • 15. Jim AERNOUTS, (BEL), 1:07:54
  • 16. Gianni VERMEERSCH, (BEL), 1:07:58
  • 17. Stan GODRIE, (NED), 1:08:32
  • 18. Daan HOEYBERGHS, (BEL), 1:08:47
  • 19. Jens VANDEKINDEREN, (BEL), 1:09:09
  • 20. Patrick VAN LEEUWEN, (NED), 1:10:02
  • 21. Braam MERLIER, (BEL), 1:10:04
  • 22. Stijn HUYS, (BEL), 1:10:51
  • 23. Rob PEETERS, (BEL), 1:11:07
  • 24. Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE, (BEL), 1:11:28
  • 25. Vinnie BRAET, (BEL), 1:12:17
  • 26. Niels WUBBEN, (NED), 1:12:29
  • 27. Yu TAKENOUCHI, (JPN)
  • 28. Quincy VENS, (BEL)
  • 29. Matthias VAN DE VELDE, (BEL)
  • 30. Glenn KINNING, (IRL)
  • 31. Félix FUENTES, (ESP)
  • 32. Fernando JIMÉNEZ, (ESP)
  • 33. Manuel Martin JIMENEZ, (ESP)

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Ruddervoorde: De Boer dominates to open Superprestige account http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/race-report/ruddervoorde-de-boer-dominates-open-superprestige-account_424317 Sun, 06 Nov 2016 14:07:43 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=424317 Sophie de Boer nabs a clear win at Ruddervoorde ahead of Sanne Cant and Ellen Van Loy

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Sophie de Boer rode to a decisive victory Sunday in Ruddervoorde, Belgium in the third round of the Hansgrohe Superprestige series. The Kalas – NNOF rider freewheeled across the finish line nearly a minute ahead of the competition to nab her first Superprestige victory so far this year.

Top 10

  • 1. Sophie DE BOER, (NED), 43:29
  • 2. Sanne CANT, (BEL), 44:26
  • 3. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), 44:33
  • 4. Alice Maria ARZUFFI, (ITA), 44:51
  • 5. Christine MAJERUS, (LUX), 45:05
  • 6. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), 45:13
  • 7. Elle ANDERSON, (USA), 45:19
  • 8. Alicia FRANCK, (BEL), 45:38
  • 9. Joyce VANDERBEKEN, (BEL), 46:14
  • 10. Loes SELS, (BEL), 46:31

A course with several sections of rain-soaked grass and generous helping of sand lined out the field and quickly dissuaded any attempts at cohesion, with sizable gaps beginning to appear between riders by the midway point of the race. De Boer finished the third of five laps with a 12-second advantage, which grew to a practically insurmountable 39 seconds by the end of lap four, leaving Sanne Cant (Enertherm – BKCP) to battle with Ellen Van Loy (Telenet – Fidea) for runner-up honors.

Cant enjoyed a clear lead over Van Loy in the fourth lap before taking a fall in a treacherous stretch of grass. That allowed Van Loy to catch back on and surge past — but Cant did not let the veteran out of her sight, overtaking Van Loy again in the final lap, and putting her into the rearview mirror for good when Van Loy herself hit the deck with only a few corners left before the finishing straight.

De Boer’s final margin of victory stood at 57 seconds over Cant, with Van Loy settling for third, a further seven seconds back.

Cant, who took Superprestige wins at Gieten and Zonhoven, maintains a firm grip on the overall series lead.

Results

  • 1. Sophie DE BOER, (NED), 43:29
  • 2. Sanne CANT, (BEL), 44:26
  • 3. Ellen VAN LOY, (BEL), 44:33
  • 4. Alice Maria ARZUFFI, (ITA), 44:51
  • 5. Christine MAJERUS, (LUX), 45:05
  • 6. Laura VERDONSCHOT, (BEL), 45:13
  • 7. Elle ANDERSON, (USA), 45:19
  • 8. Alicia FRANCK, (BEL), 45:38
  • 9. Joyce VANDERBEKEN, (BEL), 46:14
  • 10. Loes SELS, (BEL), 46:31
  • 11. Jolien VERSCHUEREN, (BEL), 46:46
  • 12. Bianca VAN DEN HOEK, (NED), 46:47
  • 13. Kim VAN DE STEENE, (BEL), 46:59
  • 14. Pauline DELHAYE, (FRA), 47:00
  • 15. Inge VAN DER HEIJDEN, (NED), 47:16
  • 16. Lindy VAN ANROOIJ, (NED), 47:20
  • 17. Fleur NAGENGAST, (NED), 48:01
  • 18. Eva Maria PALM, (BEL), 48:57
  • 19. Julia BOSCHKER, (NED), 48:59
  • 20. Axelle BELLAERT, (BEL), 49:15
  • 21. Aurelie VERMEIR, (BEL), 49:36
  • 22. Marthe TRUYEN, (BEL), 50:21
  • 23. Monique VAN DE REE, (NED), 50:37
  • 24. Irene GERRITSEN, (NED), 50:56
  • 25. Gertie WILLEMS, (BEL), 50:59
  • 26. Laure MICHELS, (BEL), 51:41
  • 27. Mieke DEROO, (BEL), 51:43
  • 28. Birgit MASSAGÉ, (BEL), 52:25
  • 29. Eva VERMEERSCH, (BEL)
  • 30. Simone CORNELISSE, (NED)
  • 31. Tine ROMBOUTS, (BEL)
  • 32. Anke VAN ROMPAY, (BEL)
  • 33. Jo BLANCHAERT, (BEL)
  • DNF Maud KAPTHEIJNS, (NED)
  • DNF Jente BOONS, (BEL)

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The story behind Trek’s foray into ‘cross broadcasting http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/news/story-behind-treks-foray-cross-broadcasting_424294 Sat, 05 Nov 2016 15:24:57 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=424294 What did it take to bring live European 'cross to American audiences? The sway of Sven Nys, some cash, and someone to actually ask for it.

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Last Tuesday, American cyclocross fans watched the powerful, graceful Koppenbergcross victory of Wout van Aert in high-definition, for free, legally. In a country where cycling livestreams remain mostly pirated and generally horrible, it was something of a revelation.

What did it take to bring legitimate, livestreamed, European cyclocross to American shores? The sway of Sven Nys, a bit of cash, and someone to actually ask for it.

Two weeks ago, Trek bikes announced it would stream 10 major European cyclocross races throughout the season on its website, thus saving avid ‘cross fans from their usual scavenger hunt for quality video through VPN deception or in the pirated back alleys of the Internet. The first streamed race was Koppenbergcross, last Tuesday, and the second is Waaslandcross, this weekend.

American bike racing fans have long been fed excuses about broadcast rights. The UCI’s frequent streams are almost always blocked on American soil because NBC or some other major network owns the rights but chooses not to exercise them. Often, this is because the rights came via a package deal — NBC wants Worlds or Paris-Roubaix or some other major event and gets a bunch of smaller events thrown in. They have no interested in using those rights, as such small races are unlikely to generate much revenue.

In Europe, Eurosport and Sporza own almost everything. But the rights of Eurosport and Sporza don’t extend into the United States, and NBC and other American networks haven’t managed to gobble up everything.

“We wondered, ‘Has anybody actually asked if the rights are available?’” said Trek communications manager Eric Bjorling, one of the guiding forces behind the streaming endeavor. Nobody had. There are rights gaps, and Trek had spotted one.

“It would be a lie if I said this wasn’t a bit of a selfish pursuit,” Bjorling said. “Trek is full of cross fans, and around the office we were going, ‘Why can’t we watch cross racing? Why are we risking digital health poking around in the gray market?'”

The rights to the 10 events Trek will live stream are owned by a company called Golazo, which both produces the events and executes the broadcast. Bob Verbeeck, a cyclocross fan and former Belgian Olympian who attended Iowa State on an athletics scholarship in the early 1980s, owns the company. He also happens to be a good friend of recently retired, Trek-sponsored cyclocross legend Sven Nys.

Nys had previously put Trek in touch with Verbeeck, so Trek leaned on the relationship and reached out again.

“The Golazo connection was super helpful. Bob [Verbeeck] sent us to the right guy there. After that it was a very easy conversation,” Bjorling said. “They were excited that their racing was getting exposure to an American audience. They just didn’t necessarily know how to go about it. The NBCs of the world are really only interested in the world championships and maybe one or two other things.”

Trek didn’t necessarily know how to go about it, either. But a few meetings with the company’s web team indicated that a live stream was possible, and Golazo was willing to take its usual satellite feed, which Trek had no way of acquiring — “We don’t have a satellite truck,” Bjorling said — and turn it into an Internet feed that Trek could use.

“We struggled with satellite feeds, but after we figured the tech pieces it was a very easy calculation,” Bjorling said. “There are some costs associated but we figured it was something that we had to do. From a tech side, it wasn’t a giant burden on our web tech team. After we understood the capabilities of our site we figured it could be viable.”

The feeds are not perfect — there’s no English commentary to go along with them — but there’s no virus-filled popups, no shaky VPNs. The racing is in HD and the improvement is dramatic.

Providing the feed to American fans is not free, and though Bjorling described the effort as something of a public service, Trek is keeping a close eye on its audience. It had over 10,000 live viewers last Tuesday, for Koppenbergcross, and expects more this weekend.

“The cost isn’t massive. But it’s not free,” Bjorling said. “I will say, it really helps when your CFO is probably the most passionate cross guy in the building. He just managed to find some extra budget space for it.”

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