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November 24, Under 23 Men: Koksijde

Bosmans wins U23 World Cup at Koksijde

Brecht Decaluwé
November 24, 2012, 13:27 GMT,
November 24, 2012, 19:32 GMT

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World Cup leader Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) outsprints Michiel van der Heijden (Netherlands) to win in Koksijde.

World Cup leader Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) outsprints Michiel van der Heijden (Netherlands) to win in Koksijde.

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Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) sprinted faster than Michiel van der Heijden (Netherlands) in the third round of the under-23 cyclo-cross World Cup in the dunes of Koksijde, Belgium. The Belgian champion stopped the Dutchman’s remarkable comeback in the rain as he fought his way back out of a beaten position. Wout Van Aert (Belgium) grabbed the final podium spot, 14 seconds behind the winner.

After crossing the finish line, Bosmans released a primal scream. “I was content,” Bosmans smiled. “It was in my favour that he probably lost a lot of energy in the first half of the race.”

Bosmans featured in the five-man leading group that distanced the rest of the field on the second of seven laps. He was joined by compatriots Wout Van Aert (Belgium), Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium), Gianni Vermeersch (Belgium) and World Cup leader Mike Teunissen (Netherlands). The latter crashed out of this group in the third lap but compatriot Corné van Kessel (Netherlands) took over his place in front.

At that stage in the race, Van der Heijden was still trying to make up for his poor starting position, riding outside the top 10. During the following two laps the Dutchman got into his rhythm and started making up ground and he surged towards the leaders. “It was tough because many riders were making mistakes ahead of me. Moving up was hard too because there’s only a few tracks to follow. Suddenly there was more space and I quickly bridged up to the leaders. By then I had shot my bolt,” Van der Heijden told Cyclingnews.

“During the first few laps we weren’t going too hard so I knew some guys would return from behind,” Bosmans commented. “When I saw Michiel I attacked to make it harder for him. In the last lap he still managed to get ahead of me and even gap me twice but eventually I was with him at the finish line,” Bosmans said.

The Dutchman played all or nothing in the last lap in an effort to get rid of Bosmans. “I didn’t have anything left for the sprint,” Van der Heijden said. The Belgian easily came around Van der Heijden to grab his second World Cup win of the season.

In the World Cup standings, Bosmans leads Van Aert by 46 points and four more over Van Kessel. Van der Heijden is only thirteenth as this was his first World Cup race of the season, taking a break after his successful MTB season in which he won the World Cup and captured silver at the world championships.

Full Results
1 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium 0:52:52  
2 Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands 0:00:01  
3 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Belgium 0:00:14  
4 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium 0:00:41  
5 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Belgium 0:00:48  
6 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands 0:01:02  
7 Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic 0:01:15  
8 Jens Adams (Bel) Belgium 0:01:24  
9 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Belgium 0:01:32  
10 Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Belgium-B 0:01:39  
11 David Menut (Fra) France 0:01:49  
12 Toon Aerts (Bel) Belgium-B 0:02:01  
13 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands 0:02:12  
14 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands 0:02:26  
15 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) France 0:02:33  
16 Clément Venturini (Fra) France 0:02:43  
17 Jakub Skala (Cze) Czech Republic 0:02:47  
18 Diether Sweeck (Bel) Belgium-B 0:02:54  
19 Daan Soete (Bel) Belgium-B 0:02:57  
20 Vojtech Nipl (Cze) Czech Republic 0:03:02  
21 Zach McDonald (USA) United States 0:03:24  
22 Lukas Müller (Swi) Switzerland 0:03:29  
23 Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic 0:04:00  
24 Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Netherlands 0:04:04  
25 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France 0:04:09  
26 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark 0:04:17  
27 Michael Schweizer Jr. (Ger) Germany 0:04:36  
28 Yorben Van Tichelt (Bel) Belgium-B 0:04:55  
29 Matej Lasak (Cze) Czech Republic 0:05:03  
30 Floris De Tier (Bel) Belgium-B 0:05:20  
31 Severin Sagesser (Swi) Switzerland 0:05:27  
32 Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Spain 0:05:33  
33 Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Spain 0:05:38  
34 Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany 0:06:02  
35 Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Switzerland 0:06:17  
36 Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Spain 0:06:32  
37 Dario Stauble (Swi) Switzerland 0:07:53  
38 Scott Thiltges (Lux) Luxembourg 0:08:15  
39 Kevin Suarez Fernandez (Spa) Spain 0:08:32  
40 Luke Gray (GBr) Great Britain   -1lap  
41 Hugo Robinson (GBr) Great Britain   -2laps  
42 Yannick Gruner (Ger) Germany    
43 Ludwig Söderquist (Swe) Sweden    
44 Adam Martin (GBr) Great Britain    
45 Lex Reichling (Lux) Luxembourg    
46 Johannes Siemermann (Ger) Germany    
47 Enno Quast (Ger) Germany    
48 Steven James (GBr) Great Britain   -3laps  
49 Emil Arvid Olsen (Den) Denmark   -4laps  
50 Ben Sumner (GBr) Great Britain    
51 Janos Panyi (Hun) Hungary   -5laps  
World Cup standings after three rounds
1 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium 165 pts
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Belgium 119  
3 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands 115  
4 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Belgium 115  
5 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands 108  
6 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium 75  
7 David van der Poel (Ned) Netherlands 68  
8 Zach McDonald (USA) United States 68  
9 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands 63  
10 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Belgium 57  
11 Jens Adams (Bel) Belgium 56  
12 Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic 56  
13 Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands 50  
14 Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Netherlands 45  
15 Karel Hnik (Cze) Czech Republic 41  
16 Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic 39  
17 Vojtech Nipl (Cze) Czech Republic 35  
18 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France 34  
19 Michael Schweizer Jr. (Ger) Germany 32  
20 Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Netherlands 31  
21 Matej Lasak (Cze) Czech Republic 29  
22 Jakub Skala (Cze) Czech Republic 27  
23 Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Belgium 22  
24 Clément Venturini (Fra) France 21  
25 David Menut (Fra) France 20  
26 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Germany 20  
27 Toon Aerts (Bel) Belgium 19  
28 Fabien Doubey (Fra) France 19  
29 Lukas Müller (Swi) Switzerland 19  
30 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) France 16  
31 Radek Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic 15  
32 Jonas Pedersen (Den) Denmark 15  
33 Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy 14  
34 Diether Sweeck (Bel) Belgium 13  
35 Daan Soete (Bel) Belgium 12  
36 Severin Sagesser (Swi) Switzerland 12  
37 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech Republic 10  
38 Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Switzerland 9  
39 Lars Forster (Swi) Switzerland 9  
40 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark 5  
41 Loic Doubey (Fra) France 4  
42 Yorben Van Tichelt (Bel) Belgium 3  
43 Cody Kaiser (USA) United States 3  
44 Floris De Tier (Bel) Belgium 1  
45 Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Spain 1