Bosmans wins U23 World Cup at 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
1Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium0:52:52 
2Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands0:00:01 
3Wout Van Aert (Bel) Belgium0:00:14 
4Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium0:00:41 
5Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Belgium0:00:48 
6Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands0:01:02 
7Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic0:01:15 
8Jens Adams (Bel) Belgium0:01:24 
9Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Belgium0:01:32 
10Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Belgium-B0:01:39 
11David Menut (Fra) France0:01:49 
12Toon Aerts (Bel) Belgium-B0:02:01 
13Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands0:02:12 
14Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands0:02:26 
15Quentin Jauregui (Fra) France0:02:33 
16Clément Venturini (Fra) France0:02:43 
17Jakub Skala (Cze) Czech Republic0:02:47 
18Diether Sweeck (Bel) Belgium-B0:02:54 
19Daan Soete (Bel) Belgium-B0:02:57 
20Vojtech Nipl (Cze) Czech Republic0:03:02 
21Zach McDonald (USA) United States0:03:24 
22Lukas Müller (Swi) Switzerland0:03:29 
23Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic0:04:00 
24Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Netherlands0:04:04 
25Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France0:04:09 
26Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark0:04:17 
27Michael Schweizer Jr. (Ger) Germany0:04:36 
28Yorben Van Tichelt (Bel) Belgium-B0:04:55 
29Matej Lasak (Cze) Czech Republic0:05:03 
30Floris De Tier (Bel) Belgium-B0:05:20 
31Severin Sagesser (Swi) Switzerland0:05:27 
32Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Spain0:05:33 
33Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Spain0:05:38 
34Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany0:06:02 
35Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Switzerland0:06:17 
36Jon Gomez Elorriaga (Spa) Spain0:06:32 
37Dario Stauble (Swi) Switzerland0:07:53 
38Scott Thiltges (Lux) Luxembourg0:08:15 
39Kevin Suarez Fernandez (Spa) Spain0:08:32 
40Luke Gray (GBr) Great Britain  -1lap 
41Hugo Robinson (GBr) Great Britain  -2laps 
42Yannick Gruner (Ger) Germany  
43Ludwig Söderquist (Swe) Sweden  
44Adam Martin (GBr) Great Britain  
45Lex Reichling (Lux) Luxembourg  
46Johannes Siemermann (Ger) Germany  
47Enno Quast (Ger) Germany  
48Steven James (GBr) Great Britain  -3laps 
49Emil Arvid Olsen (Den) Denmark  -4laps 
50Ben Sumner (GBr) Great Britain  
51Janos Panyi (Hun) Hungary  -5laps 
World Cup standings after three rounds
1Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium165pts
2Wout Van Aert (Bel) Belgium119 
3Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands115 
4Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Belgium115 
5Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands108 
6Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium75 
7David van der Poel (Ned) Netherlands68 
8Zach McDonald (USA) United States68 
9Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands63 
10Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Belgium57 
11Jens Adams (Bel) Belgium56 
12Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic56 
13Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands50 
14Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Netherlands45 
15Karel Hnik (Cze) Czech Republic41 
16Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic39 
17Vojtech Nipl (Cze) Czech Republic35 
18Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France34 
19Michael Schweizer Jr. (Ger) Germany32 
20Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned) Netherlands31 
21Matej Lasak (Cze) Czech Republic29 
22Jakub Skala (Cze) Czech Republic27 
23Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Belgium22 
24Clément Venturini (Fra) France21 
25David Menut (Fra) France20 
26Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Germany20 
27Toon Aerts (Bel) Belgium19 
28Fabien Doubey (Fra) France19 
29Lukas Müller (Swi) Switzerland19 
30Quentin Jauregui (Fra) France16 
31Radek Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic15 
32Jonas Pedersen (Den) Denmark15 
33Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy14 
34Diether Sweeck (Bel) Belgium13 
35Daan Soete (Bel) Belgium12 
36Severin Sagesser (Swi) Switzerland12 
37Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech Republic10 
38Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Switzerland9 
39Lars Forster (Swi) Switzerland9 
40Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark5 
41Loic Doubey (Fra) France4 
42Yorben Van Tichelt (Bel) Belgium3 
43Cody Kaiser (USA) United States3 
44Floris De Tier (Bel) Belgium1 
45Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Spain1 
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