Baestaens giddy to make elite cyclo-cross Worlds debut in the USA at 32

Vincent Baestaens (Team Deschacht Group-Hens Containers-Maes)
Vincent Baestaens (Team Deschacht Group-Hens Containers-Maes) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Once a promising junior in cyclo-cross and the European champion in 2006, Belgian Vincent Baestaens has struggled through more than a decade in the sport's second tier; chasing UCI points in faraway lands while younger compatriots dominated the sport. 

Now, at the age of 32, Baestaens has had one of his best seasons to date and will make his debut in the elite men's race at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. When he was named to the Belgian team for Worlds, Baestaens was so giddy. 

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Laura Weislo
Managing Editor

Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.