Jens Dekker nabs juniors title at ‘cross worlds

Dutchman Jens Dekker takes junior 'cross title ahead of France's Mickael Crispin and Thomas Bonnet

HEUSDEN-ZOLDER, Belgium (AFP) — Jens Dekker rode to a juniors title at the cyclocross world championships Saturday on a rainy afternoon in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. The 17-year-old Dutchman, ranked number one in the world in the juniors category, took the victory solo ahead of a French duo of Mickael Crispin and Thomas Bonnet.

“The start was the most important thing,” Dekker said. “I knew I that normally I would be the best, so I made sure to start very well and take the lead, and then I tried to get away.”

Dekker has been head and shoulders above the competition all season long, having already won the World Cup, the Dutch national championship, and European championship at the juniors level.