Hey cyclocross fans,
Last Sunday I went to Ruddervoorde, 20km from my home, to see the first race of the "Superprestige". I took some pictures I want to share with you.
It was a very sunny day and a fast course. WW-member Simon participated in the pro races; he can tell you more about the course and race circumstances if wanted.
Here some pictures of the U23 race
(the ones from the pro race will follow):
This is a swis team mate of simon:
He is followed by my friend and team mate Jan Soetens (http://www.jansoetens.be
). Jan is the Belgian U23 cyclo cross champion:
Allready in the first lap their was an attack from young talented rider Niels Albert (BEL) and the world champion Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic). Does any one know what kind of tape he is using on his right knee?
But Albert managed very soon to be on his one. He would stay in front the whole race and took the win impressively. Here he is laughing at Roland Liboton (a great cyclo cross champ in the early '90, the man with sun glasses left; a good friend of my mechanic) in the last lap, when his victory could slip away any more:
My friend Jan on the stairs. He finished 2nd in the sprint for the 5th place, not bad after his injury from last week:
And cooling down after the race:
U23 race results:
1. Niels Albert (Baal/Tremelo) 47:12;
2. Kevin Pauwels 0:26; 3. Dieter Vanthourenhout; 4. Eddy van IJzendoorn (Ned); 5. Rob Peeters 0:43; 6. Jan Soetens; 7. Pirmin Lang (Zwi) 1:15; 8. Clement L’Hotellier (Fra) 1:25; 9. Tom Van den Bosch 1:45; 10. Rafael Visinelli (Ita) 1:50; 11. Zdenek Stybar (Tsj) 1:53; 12. Maxim Debusschere 2:00; 13. Wim Leemans; 14. Kenny Geluykens; 15. Jempy Drucker (Lux) 2:18; 16. Nick Sels 2:38; 17. Quentin Bertholet; 18. Maarten de Jonge (Ned); 19. René Lang (Zwi) 2:50; 20. Rik van IJzendoorn (Ned) 2:51; 21. Jeroen Dingemans 3:07; 22. Gianni Denolf; 23. Jan Van Dael 3:28; 24. Felix Gniot (Dui); 25. Dennis Verhoeven 3:43; 26. Bouke Ridder (Ned) 3:55; 27. Bart Verschueren 4:00; 28. Harm Vandekerckhove 4:20; 29. Jerry Kallensfels (Ned) 4:29; 30. Kay Van den Brande; 31. Kevin Demeester 4:46; 32. Anthony Cailleau (Fra); 33. Guus Magielse (Ned); 34. Davy Depaepe 4:50; 35. Stijn Huys 4:56; 36. Joeri Kouwenhoven (Ned) 5:10; 37. Koen van Grootel (Ned) 5:16; 38. Frank van Grootel (Ned) 5:19; 39. Bart Senders (Ned) 5:42; 40. David Claerebout (Lux) 5:48; 41. Benjamin Verraes 6:00; 42. Jan Verhaegh (Ned) 6:06; 43. Djuri van Rijbroek (Ned); 44. Jan Mikkers (Ned) 6:40; 45. Jeroen Thielemans 7:00; 46. Ward Demets; 47. Mattijn Motshagen (Ned); 48. Emler Walraedt; 49. Dieter Fossaert; 50. Joachim De Maesschalck; 51. Gedric Papegaey (Fra); 52. Kenneth Van Renterghem; 53. Wesley Derynck; 54. Charles-Antoine Vanboquestaels; 55. Tom Decock; 56. Robin Deroeck