Michael Vanthourenhout beats Laurens Sweeck to score Belgian cyclocross title

Michael Vanthourenhout (Bingoal-Pauwels Sauzen) added a first Belgian championship title to his palmares in an epic edition in Loenhout. The European champion cemented his status as top-mudder by riding Laurens Sweeck (Crelan-Fristads) off his wheel in the final lap.

Sweeck seemed to have the measure of Vanthourenhout but, in the heavy rain-soaked race, one small mix-up in the material zone proved to be enough to swing the race in favour of the Bingoal rider after all the other competitors had fallen behind.

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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.

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