Aernouts takes home victory in under-23 race

Belgian one-two as Frenchman rounds out podium

Belgian Jim Aernouts got the better of compatriot Tom Meeusen in a high quality race at the second round of the International Cycling Union's (UCI) World Cup for under-23 men. In addition to the traditional obstacle of Koksijde's sand dunes, some hail showers added even more spectacle halfway the race.

Belgians Tom Meeusen and Jim Aernouts got rid of French rival Arnaud Jouffroy in the finale and were left to sprint it out for the victory. Aernouts proved the stronger of the two as he grabbed the win from Meeusen.

World Cup leader Robert Gavenda didn't have a great start, but fought his way back into the race. He eventually saved his leader's jersey by holding off Marek Konwa and Belgians Vincent Bastaens and Joeri Adams in the sprint for fourth place.

Sole US-starter Zach McDonald was held up by crashes early on, but showed glimpses of his talent by going smoothly through the sand and eventually finished 43rd.

"After a few laps I blew up my engine and got overheated," McDonald told Cyclingnews. "I was grateful with the hail as it cooled me down. I knew a good placing was no longer possible and in the end I mainly focused on not being lapped."

Full Results
1Jim Aernouts (Belgium)0:53:23 
2Tom Meeusen (Belgium)0:00:02 
3Arnaud Jouffroy (France)0:00:16 
4Robert Gavenda (Slovakia)0:00:33 
5Vincent Baestaens (Belgium)0:00:36 
6Joeri Adams (Belgium)  
7Marek Konwa (Poland)  
8Tijmen Eising (Netherlands)0:01:01 
9Micki Van Empel (Netherlands)0:01:08 
10Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands)0:01:30 
11Kevin Cant (Belgium)0:01:33 
12Jan Denuwelaere (Belgium)0:01:38 
13Kevin Eeckhout (Belgium)0:02:04 
14Marcel Meisen (Germany)0:02:11 
15Cristian Cominelli (Italy)0:02:15 
16Matthieu Boulo (France)0:02:18 
17Mitchell Huenders (Netherlands)0:02:27 
18Sascha Weber (Germany)0:02:33 
19Jiri Polnicky (Czech Republic)0:02:40 
20Kacper Szczepaniak (Poland)0:02:56 
21Pawel Szczepaniak (Poland)  
22Stef Boden (Belgium)0:03:02 
23Sven Beelen (Belgium)0:03:13 
24Wietse Bosmans (Belgium)0:03:30 
25David Menger (Czech Republic)0:03:37 
26Vinnie Braet (Belgium)0:03:51 
27Karel Hnik (Czech Republic)0:03:54 
28Corne Van Kessel (Netherlands)0:04:32 
29Arnaud Grand (Switzerland)0:04:38 
30Melvin Rulliere (France)0:04:42 
31Ole Quast (Germany)0:04:45 
32Matteo Trentin (Italy)0:04:50 
33Jannik Hyldtoft Hansen (Denmark)  
34Lukas Winterberg (Switzerland)0:05:03 
35Michael Schweizer (Germany)0:05:37 
36Mattias Nilsson (Sweden)0:05:41 
37Elia Silvestri (Italy)0:06:06 
38Dario Stauble (Switzerland)0:06:08 
39Jonas Schau Guddal (Denmark)0:06:51 
40Kenneth Hansen (Denmark)0:07:02 
41Michael Winterberg (Switzerland)0:07:19 
42Irwin Gras (France)0:07:49 
43Zach Mcdonald (United States Of America)0:09:06 
44Kamil Gradek (Poland) -1 lap 
45Fabian Danner (Germany)  
46 Toni Bretschneider (Germany) -2 laps 
47Naran Khangarid (Mongolia)  
48Baasankhuu Myagmarsuren (Mongolia)  
49 Marek Canecky (Slovakia) -3 laps 
50Thomas Girard (France)  
U23 Men standings after 2 rounds
1Robert Gavenda (Svk) Slovakia100pts
2Tom Meeusen (Bel) Belgium80 
3Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) France80 
4Jim Aernouts (Bel) Belgium63 
5Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Italy61 
6Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Belgium54 
7Lubomir Petrus (Cze) Czech Republic50 
8Micki Van Empel (Ned) Netherlands50 
9Arnaud Grand (Swi) Switzerland42 
10Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands42 
11Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic40 
12Matthieu Boulo (Fra) France37 
13Pawel Szczepaniak (Pol) Poland34 
14Sascha Weber (Ger) Germany33 
15Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Belgium32 
16Joeri Adams (Bel) Belgium30 
17Kevin Cant (Bel) Belgium30 
18Marek Konwa (Pol) Poland28 
19Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Netherlands28 
20Mitchell Huenders (Ned) Netherlands28 
21Marcel Meisen (Ger) Germany25 
22Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Belgium18 
23Alessandro Calderan (Ita) Italy18 
24Luca Braidot (Ita) Italy17 
25Karel Hnik (Cze) Czech Republic16 
26Ole Quast (Ger) Germany15 
27Kacper Szczepaniak (Pol) Poland11 
28Nico Brüngger (Swi) Switzerland11 
29Stef Boden (Bel) Belgium9 
30Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Italy9 
31Sven Beelen (Bel) Belgium8 
32Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium7 
33Michael Schweizer (Ger) Germany7 
34David Menger (Cze) Czech Republic6 
35Vinnie Braet (Bel) Belgium5 
36Filip Adel (Cze) Czech Republic5 
37Max Walsleben (Ger) Germany4 
38Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands3 
39Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Belgium2 
40Melvin Rulliere (Fra) France1 
41Matthias Rupp (Swi) Switzerland1 
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