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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, November 10, 2012

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November 10, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Pauwels, Vos top latest UCI 'cross rankings

    Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) leads Niels Albert, Lars van der Haar and Klaas Vantornout through the barriers.
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    October 30, 2012, 15:59 GMT
    Cycling News

    Van der Poel leads Junior men's standings

    There's little change to the UCI cyclo-cross rankings after the second round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, which took place this past Sunday in Plzen, Czech Republic. Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor), who finished first in the elite men's rankings the previous season, remains atop the standings with 2,303 points. Compatriots Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) and world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) hold second and third respectively.

    Albert, the winner in Plzen, closed the gap to Pauwels, third on the day, but still remains nearly 500 points behind overall while Nys trails by 233 points.

    Former world champion Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), now in fourth overall, begins his gradual slide down the rankings as the Czech rider is foregoing 'cross competition this winter. For the elite categories the standings are computed via a rolling, 12-month format and as each of his previous season's results are passed he'll continue to drop.

    US champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) remains the top North American on the rankings, holding steady in 10th overall.

    The elite men's nation rankings remained unchanged as Belgium continues its reign with 6,189 points. The Czech Republic remains a distant second at 2,880 points followed by the Netherlands in third at 2,535 points.

    While Marianne Vos (Rabobank Women Cycling) has yet to begin her 'cross season, she remains on top of the elite women's standings due to the rolling, 12-month format. US champion and current World Cup leader moved from third to second place and narrowed the gap to Vos. Following her victory in Plzen, Compton trails by 180 points as she's tallied 1,920 points to Vos's 2,100.

  • Nys recovered from Plzen 'cross crash

    Sven Nys was in pain after his crash in Plzen
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    October 30, 2012, 20:05 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian champion ready to defend Koppenbergcross record

    The severe pain that Sven Nys experienced in his most private place has abated enough to allow him to resume training in advance of the second round of the bpost Bank series in Oudenaarde, the Koppenbergcross.

    Nys crashed in a muddy turn in the Plzen World Cup on Sunday, and was unable to ride comfortably following the ill-placed landing on his top tube. He also suffered minor injuries to his back, but was straightened out by his osteopath.

    "After every crash I have to get an adjustment to my back," he said to Sporza. "If I don't, I lose 20-30% of my power; that was what happened again on Sunday."

    Luckily, the treatment was a success and Nys said he can train without pain, and is ready for the Koppenbergcross on November 1.

    Last season Nys was looking to complete an eight-year winning streak in the event, but an untimely flat tire pushed him out of contention, allowing Kevin Pauwels to become the first person other than Nys to win the race since 2003 when Bart Wellens took the win. Nys had his first Koppenbergcross title in 2001.

    The bpost Bank trofee overall classification this year is being run on cumulative time, rather than points per race. Although Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) won the first round in Ronse, Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) is the leader due to bonus seconds gained in an intermediate sprint and on the finish line.

    Nys, who claims Klaas Vantornout false started and then blocked him in Ronse, is in third place 1:25 behind Pauwels in the series classification.

  • Cycle-Smart 'cross race unaffected by Hurricane Sandy

    Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) leads teammate Jeremy Powers at the 2009 Cycle-Smart International.
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    October 31, 2012, 16:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Oldest UCI race on schedule for this weekend

    While much of the Northeastern United States is trying to dig out from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Massachusetts town of Northampton escaped the storm relatively unscathed, allowing the longest-running UCI cyclo-cross race in the country, the Cycle-Smart International, to go on as scheduled this coming weekend.

    Look Park sustained minor damage which is expected to be cleared before the racing commences at 8:30AM on Saturday, November 3, with the amateur fields. The UCI-ranked women's and men's races take place at 2PM and 3PM, respectively.

    The Cycle-Smart races are also rounds five and six of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series, offering gender-equal payout up to fifteen deep for Elite Men and Women.

    "Obviously the sport is completely different today than when we started this race 22 years ago, and we're just proud to have been on the leading edge of the professionalization of the sport in the US. The Cycle-Smart International really is the symbol and embodiment of the growth and success of the sport," said promoter Adam Myerson.

    "It's always been part of the mission of the race to provide prize money parity to women, and that's a reflection of our values and the values of the Northampton community. Paying equal prize money to the women for all 15 places and not just the top 3 is a way to support that field all the way through."

    Organisers expect the races to attract up to 1400 racers over two days, making the Cycle-Smart International one the biggest 'cross races in New England.

    Series leader Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus), who racked up the best placing of an American man in a World Cup in Tabor, Czech Republic, has made his way through the Sandy-induced travel nightmares to return to defend his position.

    Elite women's series points leader and British National Cyclo-cross...

  • Revell living Belgian 'cross dream

    New Zealand's Alexander Revell has attracted the attention of Belgian 'cross fans, particularly with his mustache.
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    November 02, 2012, 20:32 GMT
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Mustachioed New Zealander makes his mark

    The top-notch Belgian cyclo-cross scene has had its share of colourful figures in the past, such as a team of Zimbabwean ‘cross riders in a TV-show as an example of the folkloric side of the winter sport. This year the fans and media have been drawn to Alexander Revell, a 27-year-old New Zealander who saved some money and is currently living his dream to take part in top-level cyclo-cross races. And what makes Revell stand out amongst his fellow competitors is his rather sizable moustache, an element of style uncommon in pro cycling which has become his trademark.

    "It's just a novelty. There's no rider who has it. I'm not looking like the others," Revell told Cyclingnews before the start of the Koppenbergcross in Melden, near Oudenaarde, in Belgium. Revell used to have a full beard but when trimming it he took away a bit too much and opted instead for a moustache. "Luckily my girlfriend liked it."

    Revell started doing cyclo-cross two years ago and having watched the Belgian races on the internet he was amazed by the huge crowds and the special atmosphere. The man with a composer's degree then decided to try and spend a full winter in Belgium to take part in the biggest races. He's residing with American Greg Germer, a former pro cyclist who raced in Belgium between 2004 and 2007 and now runs the guesthouse ‘The Chainstay' in Oudenaarde.

    Revell's support system started out rather Spartan as at an earlier 'cross race in Ruddervoorde he was warming-up next to a van while his girlfriend read a book. Revell had one bike and no assistance whatsoever. Back then, however, he already realized that his noteworthy appearance could help him live his dream. "I noticed they're not supporting all the riders but when I ride by they start shouting. It's positive, though, and I'm enjoying...

  • Ipswich hosts European Cyclo-cross Championships Saturday

    The Koppenbergcross women's podium: Nikki Harris, Helen Wyman and Sanne Cant
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    November 02, 2012, 21:24 GMT
    Cycling News

    Wyman, Harris top contenders in women's race

    Great Britain will host the European cyclo-cross championships for the first time, and of the three fields which will contest for the titles: under-23 men, elite women and juniors, the British women have the best chances to come away with a victory.

    Helen Wyman (Kona) is fresh from a win in the Koppenbergcross, and with a World Cup podium also in her recent palmares from Plzen, the 31-year-old is a top contender for the crown.

    Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) has also been coming into the best form of her career, having won the Superprestige race in Ruddervoorde last month, and also joined Wyman on the podium in the Plzen World Cup and Koppenbergcross.

    The pair will have to contend with a deep field which includes former world champion Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany), Belgian champion Sanne Cant and Dutch stand-out and Tabor World Cup winner Sanne van Paassen.

    In the U23 field, Dutchman Mike Teunissen, winner of the World Cup in Tabor, Belgian Wietse Bosmans, who won the Plzen World Cup and Michael Vanthourenhout, winner of the Koppenbergcross are the top contenders for medals.

    Junior world champion Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) has been so far undefeated this season, having claimed both World Cup victories as well as wins in Ronse, Ruddervoorde and Oudenaarde.

    The racing begins on November 3 in Ipswich's Chantry Park at 11:00 with the junior championship, followed by the under-23 men at 12:30 and women at 14:00. Admission is free, parking costs...

  • Wyman's dream season continues with European 'cross championship

    Women's European 'cross championship podium (L-R): Sanne van Paassen, Helen Wyman and Nikki Harris
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    November 04, 2012, 19:50 GMT
    Cycling News

    Briton also adds second Koppenbergcross win to palmares

    It's been a rewarding week for Helen Wyman (Kona) as the British cyclo-cross star earned her best ever World Cup result last Sunday (2nd to Katie Compton in Plzen), won the demanding Koppenbergcross for a second time on Thursday and capped off the seven-day stretch with a European 'cross championship on Saturday. Adding to the lustre of Saturday's European championship was the fact that it was won on home soil in Ipswich, England.

    "I've had a pretty spectacular week," Wyman told British Cycling. "Second in the World Cup, winning at Koppenberg on Thursday and now winning here is pretty exciting. I really wanted to win here today although Koppenberg was my goal and I knew if I had the form there I could carry it on to today."

    Wyman had a fierce rival at the European 'cross championship in the Netherlands' Sanne van Paassen, winner of this season's first World Cup round, who pushed Wyman to the limit in a race decided by half a wheel at the finish line. And while Wyman took a taxing victory on the Koppenberg just two days prior, van Paassen opted to skip the Belgian race and arrived fresh for the European championship race.

    "I did feel tired at Koppenberg because of the amount of travelling we had been doing but I did feel pretty fresh today," said Wyman. "I knew I could hold my own on this course and van Paassen was the person to beat, both [compatriot] Nikki [Harris] and I actually spoke about that and we both agreed that we had to beat her.

    "I tried to attack her a few times but she's the sort of rider you just cannot shift," continued...

  • Vanthourenhout injured in dog collision

    Sven Vanthourenhout in his new Landbouwkrediet colors
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    November 08, 2012, 11:58 GMT
    Cycling News

    Torn adductor puts Belgian out of 'cross races

    Belgian cyclo-cross racer Sven Vanthourenhout (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) will miss at least a weekend of racing after being injured in a collision with a group of dogs.

    Vanthourenhout was training with his teammate Sven Nys in a forest near Lichtaart when he was suddenly confronted with an oncoming pack of dogs and could not stop in time.

    "In that forest there is a 'cross course that cyclo-cross racers use. When I turned out of a lane there someone was coming with some huskies in the opposite direction. It happened so fast that I rode right into the dogs," he told Sporza. Following the accident he posted a photo of himself on Twitter showing he had broken the fork on his bike in half.

    An ultrasound later revealed a torn adductor muscle on his inner thigh. It was just the latest in a series of setbacks for the 31-year-old.

    "I started the season with the idea of having a successful year, but since September I have had all sorts of ailments," he said.

    "Yet I have remained calm, though it was sometimes difficult for me to recharge. Due to the accident, I can not race this weekend. Yet I want to focus on the months of December, January and February. I want to at least return to my form of last year."

  • Louisville USGP final test run for 'cross Worlds course

    The USGP Derby City Cup finish line structure was erected on Friday which involved closing down a section of River Road.
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    November 10, 2012, 3:30 GMT
    Peter Hymas

    Eva Bandman Park provides a sneak peak for February

    The final test run for the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross Championships is being held this weekend at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The Trek US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Derby City Cup offers up a chance for racers and spectators alike on Saturday and Sunday to experience the course that will be used for the world championships to be contested February 2-3, 2013.

    Eva Bandman Park has been the site for previous UCI-sanctioned cyclo-cross races but this weekend will be the first time that the course designed for Louisville 2013 will be tested in race conditions. Warm, dry conditions will be on offer this weekend, however, making the course lightning-fast and according to Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld pro Tim Johnson conducive to pack riding and a tactical outcome, but that's fine with Bruce Fina, Louisville 2013 Executive Director.

    "The riders have seen a lot of mud in the last few weeks so they're happy to have it be dry and the other part was, one concern we had was we didn't want to tear the park to bits three months before the Worlds," Fina told Cyclingnews. "We'll have [inclement] weather in January and then we won't have to worry about after that.

    "The goal when we designed the Louisville 2013 course was to make a competitive course that is fair for everyone. Though last year's USGP didn't use the same course, it utilized many of the same features. I talked to Katie Compton, Ryan Trebon Jeremy Powers and everybody said the features were good, and that it would be a good race. Simply the best racer is going to win."

    While a handful of Europeans have made the trip to...