2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
The cyclo-cross world championships return to Koksijde, Belgium and the sandy scenery of the legendary championships race of 1994. Back then the Belgians had been without a world champion for five years and on home soil it ought to happen for the desperate 'cross-maniacs.
While it has only been three years since Niels Albert claimed Belgium's last world title, the host country will still be desperate to see one of their own win.
The 1994 edition in Koksijde was a sensational race on a spectacular course through the Koksijde dunes. It included a first-corner crash, an early lead for young favorite Richard Groenendaal and the legendary comeback – including the pat on the shoulder - from a theatrical Paul Herygers.