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The majority of European nations are holding their cyclo-cross national championships this weekend,...
The majority of European nations are holding their cyclo-cross national championships this weekend, and several titles have already been awarded on Saturday. In the Czech Republic, Zdenek Stybar took his second consecutive title, besting Radomir Simunek and four-time Czech champion Petr Dlask in the elite men's race.
In Germany, World Champion Hanka Kupfernagel added to her already dense palmares by piling on her sixth consecutive win in the elite women's cyclo-cross, bringing her record to eight in cyclo-cross and 23 total German championship gold medals. Sabina Schweizer and Claudia Seidel completed the women's podium. In men's Under 23 race, Sascha Weber took gold ahead of Marcel Meisen and Ole Quast.
In Ruddervoorde, Belgium, Wietse Bosman took the win in the junior men's race ahead of Bard de Vocht and Matthias Bossuyt. Pre-race favourite Sean De Bie, the nephew of the national team coach, was in the leading group on the last lap, but saw his aspirations of winning the championship vanish when he crashed on the washboard section before the finishing straight.
Arnoud Jouffroy proved to be the best in the espoirs event of the French Cyclo-cross Championships in Port Château, France. In the Netherlands, Daphny Van den Brand took back the title which she has owned for eight of the past ten years. Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel, who took second today, has been the only other rider able to claim the Dutch title (2008, 2004). Boy Van Poppel took home the Dutch espoirs jersey.