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Van Der Haar earns U23 'cross Worlds title

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Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) wins the U-23 World Championship after last lap heroics

Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) wins the U-23 World Championship after last lap heroics
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Laurens Sweeck (Belgium) after finishing fourth

Laurens Sweeck (Belgium) after finishing fourth
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To say there was a lot of sand is an understatement

To say there was a lot of sand is an understatement
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Tomas Paprstka (Czech Republic) trying to stay upright

Tomas Paprstka (Czech Republic) trying to stay upright
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Stan Godrie (Netherlands) riding in the top 15

Stan Godrie (Netherlands) riding in the top 15
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Julian Alaphilippe (France) riding in the top 15

Julian Alaphilippe (France) riding in the top 15
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Bryan Falaschi (Italy) leading a group down a descent

Bryan Falaschi (Italy) leading a group down a descent
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Belgians on the front of the race

Belgians on the front of the race
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U-23 Start on the pavement

U-23 Start on the pavement
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U-23 front row

U-23 front row
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Mike Teunissen (Netherlands) racing in the top ten on a long sandy section

Mike Teunissen (Netherlands) racing in the top ten on a long sandy section
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Jack Clarkson (Grat Britain) choosing to run rather than ride

Jack Clarkson (Grat Britain) choosing to run rather than ride
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Riders climbing with one lap to go

Riders climbing with one lap to go
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Arnaud Grand (Switzerland) pushing his bike with one lap to go

Arnaud Grand (Switzerland) pushing his bike with one lap to go
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The leaders with two laps to go

The leaders with two laps to go
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Zach MacDonald (USA) riding a section that many ran

Zach MacDonald (USA) riding a section that many ran
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Michiel Van Der Heijden (Netherlands) fighting to stay on his machine

Michiel Van Der Heijden (Netherlands) fighting to stay on his machine
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Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) chasing Bosmans

Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) chasing Bosmans
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Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) trying to fend off the eventual winner

Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) trying to fend off the eventual winner
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Pilis Bartosz (Poland) racing near the back of the field

Pilis Bartosz (Poland) racing near the back of the field
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Bryan Falaschi (Italy)

Bryan Falaschi (Italy)
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Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) with rainbow stripes on his helmet and glasses

Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) with rainbow stripes on his helmet and glasses
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Cody Kaiser (USA) warming up before the race

Cody Kaiser (USA) warming up before the race
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Some riders were forced to use the barriers for balance

Some riders were forced to use the barriers for balance
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Zach MacDonald (USA) riding the deep sand

Zach MacDonald (USA) riding the deep sand
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There were some strange descending styles on display in Koksijde

There were some strange descending styles on display in Koksijde
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Fabian Lienhard (Switzerland) side-sliding down a descent

Fabian Lienhard (Switzerland) side-sliding down a descent
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Arnaud Grand (Switzerlan) racing in the top ten

Arnaud Grand (Switzerlan) racing in the top ten
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 Marek Konwa (Poland) running in sixth place mid-race

Marek Konwa (Poland) running in sixth place mid-race
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Van Der Heijden (NED) leading Van Der Haar (NED) and Bosman (BEL) with one lap to go

Van Der Heijden (NED) leading Van Der Haar (NED) and Bosman (BEL) with one lap to go
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Van Der Heijden (NED) leading Van Der Haar (NED) and Bosman (BEL) with one lap to go

Van Der Heijden (NED) leading Van Der Haar (NED) and Bosman (BEL) with one lap to go
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Arnaud Jouffroy (France) attempting to bridge up to the leaders with one lap to go

Arnaud Jouffroy (France) attempting to bridge up to the leaders with one lap to go
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Laurens Sweeck (Belgium) with one lap to go

Laurens Sweeck (Belgium) with one lap to go
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The Belgians were burying themselves at the behest of the crowds

The Belgians were burying themselves at the behest of the crowds
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The crowds banged the barriers loudly anytime a Belgian rider was spotted

The crowds banged the barriers loudly anytime a Belgian rider was spotted
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One of the colorful spectators

One of the colorful spectators
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The Dutch fans were out in full force

The Dutch fans were out in full force
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Arnaud Grand (Switzerland)

Arnaud Grand (Switzerland)
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Arnaud Grand (Switzerland)

Arnaud Grand (Switzerland)
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Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) through the sand

Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) through the sand
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Sometimes it's just not your day

Sometimes it's just not your day
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Wietse Bosmans (Belgium)

Wietse Bosmans (Belgium)
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Lars Van Der Haar (NED) celebrates his U-23 World Championship as Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) takes silver

Lars Van Der Haar (NED) celebrates his U-23 World Championship as Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) takes silver
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The top guns in the Under 23 category made a true thriller out of their cyclo-cross world championships race in the dunes of Koksijde, Belgium. In the end defending champion Lars van der Haar (The Netherlands) popped out just ahead of Belgian champion Wietse Bosmans and Michiel van der Heijden (The Netherlands).

 

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands)0:49:20
2Wietse Bosmans (Belgium)0:00:01
3Michiel Van Der Heijden (Netherlands)0:00:04
4Arnaud Jouffroy (France)0:00:05
5Laurens Sweeck (Belgium)0:00:50
6Marek Konwa (Poland)0:00:56
7Mike Teunissen (Netherlands)0:01:03
8Arnaud Grand (Switzerland)0:01:13
9David Menut (France)
10Gianni Vermeersch (Belgium)0:01:28
11Vinnie Braet (Belgium)
12Zach Mcdonald (United States Of America)0:01:48
13David Van Der Poel (Netherlands)0:01:55
14Julian Alaphilippe (France)0:02:04
15Stan Godrie (Netherlands)0:02:07
16Tomas Paprstka (Czech Republic)0:02:08
17Vojtech Nipl (Czech Republic)0:02:17
18Clément Venturini (France)0:02:30
19Elia Silvestri (Italy)0:02:49
20Jan Nesvadba (Czech Republic)0:02:50
21Bryan Falaschi (Italy)0:03:18
22Karel Hnik (Czech Republic)0:03:21
23Michael (Jr) Schweizer (Germany)0:03:22
24Lars Forster (Switzerland)0:03:39
25Kenneth Hansen (Denmark)0:03:42
26Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium)0:04:04
27Igor Smarzaro (Italy)0:04:07
28Micki Van Empel (Netherlands)0:04:13
29Yannick Eckmann (Germany)0:04:14
30Kenta Gallagher (Great Britain)0:04:20
31Max Walsleben (Germany)0:04:22
32Fabian Lienhard (Switzerland)0:04:41
33Michael Wildhaber (Switzerland)
34Daniele Braidot (Italy)0:05:44
35Emil Arvid Olsen (Denmark)0:05:50
-1lapLuca Braidot (Italy)
-1lapJonathan Lastra Martinez (Spain)
-1lapCody Kaiser (United States Of America)
-1lapYannick Mayer (Germany)
-1lapJack Clarkson (Great Britain)
-1lapPablo Rodriguez Guede (Spain)
-2lapsWojciech Malec (Poland)
-2lapsJon Gomez Elorriaga (Spain)
-2lapsPatryk Kostecki (Poland)
-3lapsInigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spain)
-3lapsFelix Coté Bouvette (Canada)
-3lapsLex Reichling (Luxembourg)
-3lapsLudwig Söderquist (Sweden)
-3lapsBartosz Pilis (Poland)
-3lapsJaroslav Chalas (Slovakia)
-3lapsAlexander Gehbauer (Austria)
-3lapsLuke Gray (Great Britain)
-4lapsDomas Manikas (Lithuania)

 

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