Sweeck and Betsema close cyclo-cross season with solo victories at Oostmalle

Belgian Laurens Sweeck pictured in action during the men's elite race of the Krawatencross in Lille
Laurens Sweeck pictured in action during the men's elite race of the Krawatencross, where he took one of his five wins of the season (Image credit: Getty Images)

The cyclocross season came to a close on the weekend with Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal riders Denise Betsema and Laurens Sweeck securing the final victories of the season in Belgium at the Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle.

Sweeck crossed the line first in the elite men’s race after a long solo ride out the front, ahead of Quinten Hermans and Lars van der Haar, to take his fifth win for the season. It wasn’t the best start to the race for the Belgian rider, who initially watched the trio of Toon Aerts, Hermans and David van der Poel ride off out the front, but Sweeck caught the group and then quickly went on alone.

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