Pauwels and Cant secure UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup elite titles

Cyclo-cross racers look ahead to Worlds in Tabor

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) and Sanne Cant (Enertherm - BKCP) secured the elite overall titles at the 2014-15 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup following the sixth round in Hoogerheide on Sunday. Michael Vanthourenhout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games) won the under-23 title and Eli Iserbyt (Belgium) won the junior title.

The World Cup in Hoogereide was also the last chance for the racers to test themselves against one another ahead of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic from January 31 to February 1.

Pauwels went into the final World Cup as the leader and only had to finish with one point in order to secure the elite men’s title. Young Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) won the round ahead of Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace), while Pauwels crossed the line in fourth, beside his teammate Gianni Vermeersch, who took third on the day.

"Obviously I'm happy with this World Cup win," Pauwels told "At the beginning of this season, I didn't expect this but I've had a very good season behind me.

"On the other hand, I did note that Mathieu van der Poel was a size too big today. A week before the World Championships, he makes it a demonstration." Pauwels said of the under-23 rider Van de Poel, who will compete in the elite men's race, along with Van Aert, at Worlds.

Pauwels placed second at the opener in Valkenburg, and second again in Koksijde. He went on to win the third round in Milton Keynes and won the fourth round in Namur. He finished second place in Heusden-Zolder and fourth in Hoogerheide.

World Cup series winner Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon)

Cant claims first-ever World Cup overall title

Cant placed fourth in the elite women’s finale round, behind solo winner Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol), Katerina Nash (Luna Pro) and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo Liv Women Cycling). It was enough to secure her first World Cup overall title.

"I had a great season," Cant told "European champion, Belgian champion and now the victory in the World Cup, I'm very proud.

"Now the rainbow jersey," she said. "With Marianne [Vos] you never know. It is difficult to estimate my chances for Tabor. I hope I can join in the mix that goes for the rainbow jersey."

The Belgium champion was seventh in Vaulkenburg, won the rounds in Koksijde and Milton Keynes, was sixth in Namur, seventh in Heusden-Zolder and fourth in Hoogerheide.

Sanne Cant (Enertherm - BKCP) wins the elite women's World Cup overall title

Vanthourenhout and Iserbyt secure U23 and junior series' titles

In the under-23 series, Vanthourenhout went into the final round in second place overall, behind Van Aert. However, Van Aert and Van der Poel chose to compete in the elite race and were not in contention for the under-23 title. Vanthourenhout placed second in the Hoogerheide event, behind the day’s Laurens Sweeck (Corendon - KwadrO Cycling Team), which was all he needed to win the series five points ahead of Sweeck.

In the junion men’s category, Belgium’s Eli Iserbyt was the clear winner of the World Cup title. He won three of the four rounds in Vaulkenberg, Heusden-Zolder and Hoogerheide, and he was second in Namur.

Michael Vanthourenhout (Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team) wins the U23 World Cup title

Final Results

Final World Cup standings - Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team430 pts
2Lars van der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin345 
3Corné Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team307 
4Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus306 
5Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team290 
6Jens Adams (Bel)256 
7Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team255 
8Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ212 
9Jeremy Powers (USA)210 
10Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Corendon-Kwadro209 
11Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team209 
12Fabien Canal (Fra) Armee De Terre E-Sportsante206 
13Rob Peeters (Bel)201 
14Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team194 
15Sascha Weber (Ger)191 
16Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team191 
17Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team185 
18David Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus179 
19Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon-Kwadro179 
20Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team177 
21Michael Boros (Cze)170 
22Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon-Kwadro169 
23Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team154 
24Wout Van Aert (Bel)150 
25Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus145 
26Javier De Larrinage Ibanez (Spa)136 
27Marcel Wildhaber (Swi)135 
28Sven Nys (Bel)132 
29Twan van den Brand (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels130 
30Jonathan Page (USA)126 
31Ian Field (GBr)124 
32Tomas Paprstka (Cze)119 
33Mariusz Gil (Pol)110 
34Simon Zahner (Swi)102 
35Radomir Simunek (Cze) Corendon-Kwadro84 
36Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels83 
37Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus83 
38Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Corendon-Kwadro78 
39Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team71 
40Arnaud Grand (Swi)65 
41Clement Lhotellerie (Fra)63 
42Kenneth Hansen (Den)62 
43Josep Betalu (Spa)56 
44Andreas Moser (Swi)53 
45Ole Quast (Ger)52 
46Martin Bina (Cze) Corendon-Kwadro44 
47Martin Haring (Svk) Ck Banska Bystrica43 
48David Menut (Fra) Auber 9339 
49Severin Saegesser (Swi)38 
50Marco Fontana Aurelio (Ita)36 
51Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa)36 
52Lukas Winterberg (Swi)36 
53Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team33 
54Enrico Franzoi (Ita)31 
55Bryan Falaschi (Ita)30 
56Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Auber 9330 
57Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned)29 
58Jakub Skala (Cze)28 
59Yu Takenouchi (Jpn) Veranclassic - Ekoi28 
60Vladimir Kyzivat (Cze)26 
61Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels25 
62Marco Bianco (Ita)23 
63Luca Braidot (Ita)22 
64Alois Falenta (Fra)21 
65Jack Clarkson (GBr)19 
66Melvin Rulliere (Fra) Veranclassic - Ekoi19 
67Matej Lasak (Cze)19 
68Jeremy Durrin (USA)15 
69Stephen Hyde (USA)14 
70Steven James (GBr)13 
71Felix Barba Frutos (Spa)11 
72Ben Sumner (GBr)11 
73Ben Berden (Bel)11 
74Aaron Schooler (Can)11 
75James Driscoll (USA)10 
76Martin Gujan (Swi)10 
77Agustin Navarro Vidal (Spa)10 
78Joachim Parbo (Den)10 
79Yoann Corbihan (Fra)9 
80Alex Paton (GBr)9 
81Ramon Sagues Portabella (Spa)9 
82Jody Crawforth (GBr)8 
83Robert Marion (USA)7 
84Michael Schweizer (Ger)7 
85Gusty Bausch (Lux)7 
86Angus Edmond (NZl)7 
87Asier Arregui Dominguez (Spa)6 
88Nicholas Barnes (GBr)6 
89Yannick Mayer (Ger) Bike Aid5 
90Michael Wildhaber (Swi)5 
91Elia Silvestri (Ita)5 
92Jack Ravenscroft (GBr)4 
93Felix Drumm (Ger)4 
94David Montgomery (Irl)3 
95Mark Mcconnell (Can)3 
96Glen Kinning (Irl)2 
97Zach Mcdonald (USA)1 
98Ulrich Theobald (Ger)1 
99Cameron Jette (Can)1 
Final World Cup standings - Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm - Bkcp246 pts
2Ellen Van Loy (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team204 
3Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Factory Racing187 
4Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)176 
5Sophie De Boer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team169 
6Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur167 
7Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona166 
8Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team160 
9Nikki Harris (GBr)152 
10Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team129 
11Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team125 
12Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)124 
13Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol121 
14Pavla Havlikova (Cze)113 
15Sane Van Paassen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team95 
16Jolien Verschueren (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team91 
17Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team79 
18Caroline Mani (Fra)74 
19Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty 16 P/B Sho-Air71 
20Aida Nuno (Spa)61 
21Rachel Lloyd (USA)60 
22Githa Michiels (Bel)60 
23Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi48 
24Crystal Anthony (USA)47 
25Elle Anderson (USA) Bmw P/B Happy Tooth Dental44 
26Arley Kemmerer (USA)37 
27Loes Sels (Bel)34 
28Gabriella Durrin (GBr)32 
29Reza Hormes (Ned)30 
30Laura Verdonschot (Bel)29 
31Marlene Petit (Fra)27 
32Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)27 
33Laura Perry (Fra)23 
34Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi)21 
35Meredith Miller (USA)19 
36Lizzy Witlox (Ned)19 
37Jessica Lambracht (Ger)15 
38Nikola Noskova (Cze)14 
39Nadja Heigl (Aut)13 
40Erica Zaveta (USA)11 
41Stephanie Vaxillaire (Fra)11 
42Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)11 
43Lisa Heckmann (Ger)11 
44Juliette Labous (Fra)10 
45Maghalie Rochette (Can)10 
46Katrien Thijs (Bel)9 
47Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team7 
48Amira Mellor (GBr)7 
49Elena Valentini (Ita) Btc City Ljubljana6 
50Maud Kaptheijns (Ned)4 
51Milena Landtwing (Swi)3 
52Adela Carter (GBr)3 
53Vendula Kuntova (Cze)3 
54Mical Dyck (Can)2 
55Hannah Payton (GBr)2 
56Mercedes Pacios Pujado (Spa)1 
Final World Cup standings - U23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Belgium190 pts
2Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Belgium185 
3Wout Van Aert (Bel) Belgium160 
4Clement Venturini (Fra) France131 
5Fabien Doubey (Fra) France129 
6Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Netherlands125 
7Toon Aerts (Bel) Belgium107 
8Stan Godrie (Ned) Netherlands106 
9Gioele Bertolini (Ita) Italy86 
10Jakub Skala (Cze) Czech Republic86 
11Adam Toupalik (Cze) Czech Republic79 
12Diether Sweeck (Bel) Belgium75 
13Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Netherlands72 
14Daan Soete (Bel) Belgium71 
15Yannick Peeters (Bel) Belgium70 
16Quinten Hermans (Bel) Belgium61 
17Clement Russo (Fra) France50 
18Vojtech Nipl (Cze) Czech Republic46 
19Martijn Budding (Ned) Netherlands31 
20Andri Frischknecht (Swi) Switzerland30 
21Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Belgium29 
22Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Belgium28 
23Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Switzerland28 
24Thijs Aerts (Bel) Belgium27 
25Felix Drumm (Ger) Germany23 
26Logan Owen (USA) United States of America20 
27Sieben Wouters (Ned) Netherlands20 
28Dominic Grab (Swi) Switzerland19 
29Yorben Van Tichelt (Bel) Belgium18 
30Romain Seigle (Fra) France18 
31Ben Sumner (GBr) Greece17 
32Richard Jansen (Ned) Netherlands16 
33Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita) Italy13 
34Kobe Goossens (Bel) Belgium13 
35Andrew Dillman (USA) United States of America12 
36Tobin Ortenblad (USA) United States of America12 
37Jack Clarkson (GBr) Greece11 
38Yannick Eckmann (USA) United States of America10 
39Gosse Van Der Meer (Ned) Netherlands10 
40Yannick Gruner (Ger) Germany9 
41Koen Weijers (Ned) Netherlands7 
42Timon Ruegg (Swi) Switzerland5 
43Curtis White (USA) United States of America5 
44Koen Van Dijke (Ned) Netherlands5 
45Nadir Colledani (Ita) Italy4 
46Lucas Dubau (Fra) France3 
47Thomas Joseph (Bel) Belgium3 
48Lukas Meiler (Ger) Germany3 
49Kevin Suarez Fernandez (Spa) Spain2 
Final World Cup standings - Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Belgium230 pts
2Johan Jacobs (Swi) Switzerland145 
3Max Gulickx (Ned) Netherlands141 
4Jens Dekker (Ned) Netherlands133 
5Gage Hecht (USA) United States Of America115 
6Jappe Jaspers (Bel) Belgium101 
7Stefano Sala (Ita) Italy90 
8Jakob Dorigoni (Ita) Italy75 
9Jarne Driesen (Bel) Belgium72 
10Maik van der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands69 
11Giorgio Rossi (Ita) Italy64 
12Mitch Groot (Ned) Netherlands61 
13Gianni Siebens (Bel) Belgium59 
14Sandy Dujardin (Fra) France57 
15Kevin Kuhn (Swi) Switzerland53 
16Roel van der Stegen (Ned) Netherlands50 
17Thijs Wolsink (Ned) Netherlands49 
18Lance Haidet (USA) United States Of America49 
19Eddy Fine (Fra) France47 
20Simon Andreassen (Den) Denmark45 
21Daniel Smarzaro (Ita) Italy43 
22Thomas Bonnet (Fra) France40 
23Wesley Floren (Ned) Netherlands34 
24Matej Ulik (Svk) Slovenia34 
25Joel Grab (Swi) Switzerland34 
26Briek Hermans (Bel) Belgium31 
27Han Devos (Bel) Belgium29 
28Emile Canal (Fra) France28 
29Gavin Haley (USA) United States Of America28 
30Alexis Bourmaud (Fra) France26 
31Quentin Simon (Fra) France24 
32Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Netherlands24 
33Antonio Folcarelli (Ita) Italy19 
34Mart Muskens (Ned) Netherlands18 
35Victor Vandebosch (Bel) Belgium16 
36Cooper Willsey (USA) United States Of America15 
37Kevin Geniets (Lux) Luxembourg15 
38Tijl Pauwels (Bel) Belgium14 
39Mehdy Henriet (Fra) France14 
40Lander Loockx (Bel) Belgium12 
41Alessio Dhoore (Bel) Belgium12 
42Matthieu Legrand (Fra) France11 
43Jonas Brezina (Cze) Czech Republic9 
44Per Wiggers (Ned) Netherlands6 
45Erik Boer (Ned) Netherlands6 
46Arthur Green (GBr) Greece5 
47Jenko Bonne (Bel) Belgium5 
48Seppe Rombouts (Bel) Belgium5 
49Josef Jelinek (Cze) Czech Republic3 
50Joffrey Degueurce (Fra) France3 
51Lois Dufaux (Swi) Switzerland3 
52Brannan Fix (USA) United States Of America2 
53Spencer Petrov (USA) United States Of America2 
54Colin Heiderscheid (Lux) Luxembourg2 
55Ludwig Cords (Ger) Germany1 
56Raphael Schroder (Ger) Germany1 
57Michel Ries (Lux) Luxembourg1 


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